Une plongée dans un univers microscopique
27 juin-1 juil. 2016 Plouzané (France)

Dr Aurélie Tasiemski


Prof Aurélie Tasiemski, University of Lille

Aurélie Tasiemski is Associate Professor of Organism Biology and Leader of the SPICI team in the Evo Eco Paleo unit (CNRS UMR8198) at the University of Lille in France. Her research activities rely on comparative immunology i.e. the description and comparison of the processes used by different living organisms to recognize, kill and/or tolerate microbes. More particularly, she has been working on one of the key components of the immune defense, i.e. antimicrobial peptides (AMPs), since her Ph.D. She is interested in discovering new ones and understanding their immunological functions in the animals that produce them. These are extremely effective chemical warfare systems to kill bacterial pathogens but also to shape the colonizing bacterial symbionts while coping with specific environmental challenges. Concerning biological models, the main part of her studies focus on annelids. She identified seven new AMPs in annelids. She demonstrated their function in the defense against pathogenic bacteria in the blood, the digestive tract and interestingly also in the central nervous symstem where they are produced by neurons and promote the regenerative process of the injured nerve cord. Websites http://spici.weebly.com and https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Aurelie Tasiemski.

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