IHPE – GOURBAL Benjamin english

BenIHPE UMR 5244
University of Perpignan via Domitia
52 Avenue Paul Alduy
F-66860 Perpignan Cedex FRANCE
Tel +33(0)4-30-19-23-12
Fax +33(0)4-68-66-22-81
email: benjamin.gourbal@univ-perp.fr
POSITION : Associate Professor, University of Perpignan Via Domitia
RESPONSIBILITIES : Administrator of the Perpignan site
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As a comparative immunologist with interests in the evolution of immunity, my work focus on gaining a deeper understanding of invertebrate innate immune systems and their modulation. I work mainly on one model: the snail Biomphalaria glabrata and its trematode parasite Schistosoma mansoni, in which I investigate the mechanisms that determine the compatibility polymorphism, the specificity, and regulation of innate immune response. Finally I investigate also the molecular mechanisms of immune priming or innate immune memory in B. glabrata snails. Through collaborations this last question will be also applied to viral immune priming for the mollusk Crassostrea gigas and to trans-generational immune priming” (TGIP) for the arthropod Tenebrio molitor.
To solve our objectives (i) different comparative molecular approaches were developed at genomic level (NGS DNA sequencing), transcriptomic level (RNASeq, Q-RT-PCR) and proteomic level (protein enrichment, 2D-gel, 2D-DIGE, interactome) and (ii) functional approaches were conducted (recombinant proteins, RNA-interference, in-vitro culture).
2012 Habilitation Thesis (University of Perpignan via Domitia)
2005-now Assistant Professor (University of Perpignan via Domitia)
2003-2005 Postdoctoral Fellow (Center for Infectious Research, CHU Laval de Québec, Canada)
1999-2002 Ph.D (University of Montpellier II)
1998-1999 Masters Parasitology (University of Montpellier II)