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Name: Dr. Ferrandon, D.
Institution: Equipe Fondation recherche Médicale, Institut de Biologie Moléculaire et Cellulaire
City: Strasbourg Zip:
Country: France Phone: 03 88 41 70 17


Research Topics:
Study of host-pathogen relationships using Drosophila melanogaster as a host. Our laboratory has focused on the study of the innate immune system of the fly, identifying and studying the components of the NF-kappaB signaling pathways that regulate the expression of effectors of the systemic immune response, including antimicrobial peptides (Rutschmann, Immunity 2000, Rutschmann Nature Immunology 2000). We have also discovered some of the Pattern Recognition Receptors that detect infections (Gottar, Nature 2002; Gobert, Science 2003) as well as a novel mode for sensing pathogens (Gottar, Cell 2006). We are currently investigating host-pathogen relationships from the vantage of both host and pathogen. We have developed an oral infection model with the Gram-negative entomopathogenic bacterium Serratia marcescens that rapidly escapes the digestive tract to enter the insect hemocoele. Whereas S. marcescens kills its host in less than 24 hours in a septic injury model, it takes 6 days to kill its host in the oral infection model. We have also a keen interest in understanding the pathogenesis mechanisms used by opportunistic fungi to kill their host.


Organisms studied:
  • Beauveria bassiana
  • Candida glabrata
  • Metarhizium anisopliae
  • Serratia marcescens


Special methods / technologies:
Genetic analysis; histopathology of Drosophila melanogaster


Suggestions for potential research cooperations:
entomopathogenic fungi
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