Dr. Richard CORDAUX
 Université de Poitiers
 CNRS UMR 7267
 Ecologie et Biologie des Interactions
 Equipe Ecologie Evolution Symbiose
 Bat B8-B35
 6 Rue Michel Brunet
 TSA 51106
 86073 Poitiers Cedex 9

 Phone: +33-(0)5-49-45-36-51
 Fax: +33-(0)5-49-45-40-15

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Richard CORDAUX received his PhD in 2004 from the University of Leipzig (Germany) after working on human genetic diversity in the laboratory of Prof. Mark Stoneking at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig. For his postdoctoral training, he joined the laboratory of Prof. Mark A. Batzer at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge (USA), where he worked on the evolution of transposable elements in primate genomes. In 2006, he joined the Laboratory Ecology Evolution Symbiosis, a joint research unit of the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) and the University of Poitiers (France). In 2009, he received the CNRS Bronze Medal. In 2010, he was awarded a European Research Council Starting Grant for the project entitled "The impact of endosymbionts on the evolution of host sex-determination mechanisms" (EndoSexDet). In 2014, he was promoted to the rank of CNRS Senior Investigator (Directeur de Recherche, DR2).

Keywords: evolutionary genomics, molecular evolution, transposable elements, endosymbionts, Wolbachia, sex determination

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description Richard participated in the "1000 scientists talk about the future" exhibition (1000 chercheurs parlent d'avenir), in which the pictures of one thousand French scientists were projected on the walls of the prestigious Panthéon building in Paris, in October 2010.


August 19, 2015: Richard was awarded a grant from the French national research agency (ANR) to investigate the impact of symbionts on host sex determination, in collaboration with Thierry Rigaud (CNRS/University of Burgundy).

August 17, 2015: Our paper calling for benchmarking transposable element annotation methods has been published in Mobile DNA. Congratulations to all coauthors!

May 6, 2015: Our paper on transinfection of the feminizing wVulC Wolbachia strain into another isopod host has been accepted for publication in PLoS One. Congratulations to Myriam and Pierre!

April 22, 2015: Our paper on isopod mitochondrial genomes has been accepted for publication in G3: Genes Genomes Genetics. Congratulations to Chris, Myriam, Bouziane and Pierre!

February 4, 2015: Welcome to Gabriel Metegnier who started his Master research project on endogenous viruses in isopod genomes, in collaboration with Dr. Clément Gilbert. Best wishes to Myriam and Julien who are continuing their careers in Brazil and the UK, respectively.

December 8, 2014: Congratulations to Myriam, who passed her Ph.D. defense! Her Ph.D. dissertation was on the genetic basis of Wolbachia-induced feminization in the isopod A. vulgare.

October 7, 2014: Welcome to Thomas Becking who is starting his Ph.D. project on the evolution of sex determination in isopods, in collaboration with Dr. Clément Gilbert.

October 1, 2014: Richard is promoted to the rank of CNRS Senior Investigator (Directeur de Recherche, DR2).