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I completed in 2008 my PhD in Microbiology/Microbial Ecology at the UMR CNRS 6143 – Université de Rouen (France). My research focused on the adaptation of aquatic and mudflat estuarine microbial communities to mercury. From 2009 to 2012, I worked as a postdoctoral research associate at the Institute for Microbial Biotechnology and Metagenomics (IMBM) of the University of the Western Cape (South Africa). My research aimed at better understanding the roles of microbial communities in constructed wetlands treating (in)organic effluents (e.g. winery wastewater and acid mine drainage) using molecular phylogenetics. Since 2013, I am a Research Fellow (NRF Y2-rated since 2015) at the Centre for Microbial Ecology and Genomics (CMEG) of the University of Pretoria. Using ‘omics’ technologies, I am interested at better understanding the adaptation of environmental communities to extreme environmental conditions and climate change; particularly in hot deserts. I am also involved in a fascinating biomolecular archeology research project aiming at assessing the pathogen burden hominins had when they left Africa using ancient DNA.
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