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I am a faculty member in the chemistry department at the CNRS (French National Center for Scientific Research, http://www.cnrs.fr/en) in the research unit EcoFoG (Ecology of French Guiana Forests, https://www.ecofog.gf/) located in French Guiana (France).
I am organic chemist who specializes in interdisciplinary chemistry in Amazonia (short CV). I am interested in organismal chemistry which is the study of the diversity of metabolites (small molecules) and enzymes produced by various organisms (plants, insects, fungi, microbes) at different phylogenetic scales. In particular I focus on how organismal bio-chemical diversity is correlated with phylogenetic and ecological factors in the context of convergent and divergent evolution. My favorite topics are: (1) ant-microbe symbiosis, and (2) latex plant evolution.
One objective of my research is to study biosynthetic pathways in the context of evolutionary biology to understand the bio-chemical evolution of organisms. To achieve this goal it is necessary to combine different methods in:
- analytical and structural chemistry (NMR 1D/2D, HR-MAS NMR, TOF-SIMS imaging, MS/MS molecular networking, metabolomics)
- genomics (amplicon sequencing, metagenome mining, transcriptomics)
- evolutionary biology (comparative phylogenetic methods)
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My research covers the following fields of science : Natural Products Chemistry – Analytical Chemistry – Molecular Ecology – Biosynthesis – Chemical Ecology – Chemical Evolution – Organismal Chemistry
My main research interests are : Latex Plant Evolution – Ant/Microbe Symbiosis
I like all chemical families including Alkaloids – Nonribosomal Peptides – Polyketides – Polyphenols –Terpenoids and the Biosynthetic Gene Clusters that produce these metabolites