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Meurens François
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Professor of Microbiology/Immunology DGER

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Tel: 02 40 68 77 02

François Meurens studied veterinary medicine in Belgium (Université Catholique de Louvain and Université de Liège) where he graduated in 2000. In 2001, he obtained his Master's degree in Veterinary Sciences (virology orientation) and in 2004 he completed his PhD thesis in Veterinary Sciences after studying genetic recombination in ruminant alphaherpesviruses (Laboratory of Professor Etienne Thiry). He then did a post-doctorate at VIDO-InterVac at the University of Saskatchewan (Canada) for two years. There he was interested in mucosal immunology in porcine and ovine species (laboratory of Pr Volker Gerdts).

At the end of 2006 he joined the INRA of Tours (ISP unit) as a research fellow. There he led a team specialized in the study of host-pathogen relationships in the porcine model. In 2012 he accepted a position as a Scientist/Assistant Professor at VIDO-InterVac (Canada) where he led a team on themes very similar to those developed in France. Particular attention was paid to the interest of the pig as a model species for human biomedical research. Author of numerous publications in international peer-reviewed journals and working as an expert for the private sector and on the editorial boards of the journals Veterinary Immunology and Immunopathology and Frontiers in Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Meurens has moved in 2015 towards a more academic career combining teaching and scientific research at Oniris. Since then, he has been teaching microbiology/immunology and conducting research within the UMR BIOEPAR.

See also

François Meurens' publications on HAL INRAE