Dr. Richard CORDAUX
Université de Poitiers
CNRS UMR 7267
Ecologie et Biologie des Interactions
Equipe Ecologie Evolution Symbiose
6 Rue Michel Brunet
86073 Poitiers Cedex 9
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
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.
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).
September 12, 2014: Our paper on molecular evolution of homologous recombination genes in Wolbachia has been accepted for publication in Genome Biology and Evolution. Congratulations to Myriam, Isabelle, Fabrice and Pierre!
July 31, 2014: Our paper on endogenous viruses in the Armadillidium vulgare genome has been accepted for publication in Genome Biology and Evolution. Congratulations to Julien, Sébastien, Bouziane and Clément!
January 30, 2014: Our paper on baculoviruses as vectors of horizontal transfer of transposable elements has been accepted for publication in Nature Communications. Congratulations to Clément, Lise and all coauthors!