Research activities

Since 2017

Lecturer / (tenured) assistant professor at University Paris Diderot - Paris 7.

I am involved with the Mitochondria, Metals and Oxidative Stress research group and the Proteomics & mass spectrometry plateform.

In tight collaboration with wet-lab biologists, I develop new methods to analyse mass spectrometry data. More generally, I have a strong interest in data analysis and data management in biology.


Visiting scientist at the Fondation Congolaise pour la Recherche Médicale (FCRM).

I am studying high-burden deseases like HIV (especially prevention of mother-to-child transmission), tuberculosis (improvement of clinical diagnosis) and malaria.

One of my projects concerns the development of digital solutions to fight malaria. By digital solutions I mean web or mobile applications to improve the diagnosis of malaria or the prevention and knowledge of this disease. To achieve this goal, I am working with Fongwama, the Congolese Plateforme for open-source development, created by Fondation ECAir and Skepsos.

Related publications:

2007 - 2012

Lecturer / (tenured) assistant professor at University Paris Diderot - Paris 7
Research work performed in the DSIMB bioinformatics group of the lab “Protéines de La Membrane Erythrocytaire et Homologues Non-Erythroides” (Inserm UMR-S 665 and University Paris Diderot – Paris 7), hosted at the INTS.
topics: macromolecular assemblies, structural bioinformatics
collaborators: D. Flatters (now at MTi), JC. Gelly (DSIMB), C. Etchebest (DSIMB), A. de Brevern (DSIMB), V. Jallu (Laboratoire d’Immunologie Plaquettaire, INTS), C. Prévost (Laboratoire de Biochimie Théorique, IBPC, CNRS).

Related publications:

2006 - 2007

Post-doc at Laboratoire de Biochimie Théorique , UPR 9080 CNRS, Paris, France.
topics : flexible protein/DNA docking, coarse grain DNA model development, C++/Python library (PTools)
collaborators : A. Saladin and C. Prévost


2003 - 2006

PhD student at Laboratoire de spectrométie ionique et moléculaire (Lasim) , UMR 5579, CNRS and Université Lyon 1, France.
topics : statistical approach of the structure and dynamics of isolated proteines
supervisor: P. Dugourd, head of the "Electric dipole, biomolecules and clusters" group.
abstract : this work is a theoretical study of the thermodynamical properties of polypeptides in the gas phase. We aim to a better understanding of the fundamental mechanisms involved in protein folding. A statistical approach based on Monte Carlo algorithms applied in generalized ensembles, such as Replica Exchange Method or Wang-Landau method, has been used to sample the rugged energy landscape of these molecules. The peptides were composed of 2 to 20 amino acids and have been modelized by the Amber 96 forcefield. Simulations have been realized in strong relation with experimental progress of the group. We thus tried to understand the influence of the secondary structure on photofragmentation mechanism, the role of entropy in the stabilisation of beta sheets and the effect of intense and static electric field on peptide conformation.
Download my PhD thesis locally [PDF, 4.9 Mb, French] or on the CNRS TEL multidisciplinary thesis server.


Older & shorter

March - September 2003

Biomolecular Sciences department, UMIST, Manchester, UK
topics: automatic extraction of the toxic properties of compounds from the biomedical literature
supervisor: B. J. Stapley
abstract: Automatic information extraction from free-text documents encompasse a set of techniques and tools already well known, but its application to biology is relatively new. Thus, this project aims to predict and/or extract toxicological properties of some compounds using information extraction and retrieval techniques. Nowadays, toxicological data are issued from in vitro and in vivo tests that are expensive and time-consuming for the pharmaceutical industry. As a consequence, and given the large body of information latent in bibliographic databases, the prediction of toxic information on possible therapeutic compounds becomes particularly important.

July - August 2001

Laboratoire d'ImmunoGénétique Moléculaire (LIGM) , Montpellier, France.
topics: 3D visualization tools for IMGT structural data
supervisors: M. Ruiz and M.-P. Lefranc
abstract: IMGT, the international ImMunoGeneTics database is an integrated database, specializing in immunoglobulins (Ig), T-cells receptors (TcR) and major histocompatibily complex (MHC) molecules of all species that was created in 1989 by Marie-Paule Lefranc (Montpellier II Unversity, CNRS, Montpellier, France) We aim to implement PERL scripts in order to compare 3D structures of proteins picked up in the IMGT database (use of STAMP).

Teaching activities

2007 - to present
Université Paris Diderot - Paris 7.
Molecular dynamics, molecular docking, Python programming, Unix, scientific communication.

2003 - 2006
Multidisciplanary engineering university Institut National des Sciences Appliquées de Lyon (INSA Lyon)
First year chemistry workshops (total of 288 hours, 255 students).

22 - 27/05/2005
Summer school "Modelisation, dynamique et thermodynamique des agrégats et molécules complexes"
Modelisation workshop: simulated annealing and parallel tempering simulations of a dipeptide.

Academic training

2003 - 2006
PhD in Physics, Lasim, Université Lyon 1, France

2002 - 2003
MSc in Cheminformatics, UMIST, Manchester, U.K.

2000 - 2003
"Diplôme d'Ingénieur Chimiste" at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Montpellier (the National Graduate School of Chemistry, Montpellier)

1997 - 2000
Classes Préparatoires aux Grandes Ecoles, preparatory classes leading to French institutes. Lycée Henri Bergson, Angers, France.

Baccalauréat in Sciences, i.e. High School diploma
Lycée David d'Angers, France.


  • French: native fluency
  • English: good level in spoken and written English
  • Munukutuba: elementary proficiency

Computers skills

  • operating systems [administration]: GNU/Linux (Ubuntu, Fedora)
  • office software: Microsoft Office and
  • programming: Python, Bash, C++
  • molecular visualization: Rasmol, Pymol, VMD
  • molecular modeling and simulation: Gromacs, ATTRACT
  • data analysis and visualisation: R, gnuplot, xmgrace
  • text formating: LaTeX, (X)HTML

Professional address

Institut Jacques Monod (IJM)
Building Buffon
15 rue Hélène Brion
75205 Paris CEDEX 13

You can find me in the third floor, room 390B. Here are directions for visitors to find the IJM.