We implement a comprehensive approach to study interactions between arboviruses (i.e. arthropod-borne viruses) and their host/vectors to identify key (a)biotic determinants of pathogenicity or vector competence. Our main goal is to better understand, anticipate and control the threat posed by these viruses. Our favorite case studies are viruses belonging to the Bunyavirales order, particularly those of the Phenuiviridae family like Rift Valley Fever virus (RVFV, responsible of a zoonotic disease and listed as a priority pathogen by WHO and WOAH) and Toscana Virus (TOSV, human pathogen), although we are also studying vector competence of West-Nile virus (WNV), dengue virus (DENV) and chikungunya virus (CHIKV).

The questions address by the team can be divided into four interconnected research axes covering key aspects of the biology of these viruses such as:

  • Impact of viral genetic diversity on pathogenesis and transmission
  • Interplay between the innate immune response and zoonotic Bunyavirales
  • Vector competences and behaviors
  • Development of innovative antivirals and vector control strategies

Skills and expertises

  • Virology (BSL2 and BSL3, Microorganisms and Toxins (MOT) regulation, …)
  • Molecular and cellular biology (confocal microscopy, flow cytometry, cell line development, …)
  • Biochemistry (protein expression and purification, …)
  • Molecular virology (reverse genetics systems, …)
  • Entomology (vector competence, forced salivation, field sampling, citizen science, …)


Dr Maxime Ratinier, MCF EPHE-PSL

See also

− Our projects
− Our team members
− Our publications

Modification date: 16 May 2023 | Publication date: 31 October 2017 | By: Maxime Ratinier