6NjwL86Y_400x400My dream was to combine seeing the world with my professional career.  After growing up in France, I am privileged to have lived in New York City (USA), Nagoya (Japan) and now Edinburgh (UK).

As an evolutionary biologist, my research aims at combining different fields in biology to understand the making of today’s biodiversity, focusing on scale insects. My goal is to provide new insights by using both comparative and mechanistic approach to investigate the morphological development of adaptive features.

After a Master’s degree at the Université Pierre et Marie Curie/Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle in Paris, I moved to New York City to pursue a Ph.D. at the American Museum of Natural History. For four years, I worked at reconciling living and fossil scale insects, to provide an understanding of today’s diversity from a look at the past.

In November 2013, I moved to Japan to initiate a project on hormonal regulation in scale insect metamorphosis at Nagoya University. There, I co-founded NUECRA to connect early career researchers within the University and with other local research institutions.

After more than seven years out of Europe, I moved back with a Marie Curie Fellowship to work at the University of Edinburgh on the fascinating genetic system in scale insects: paternal genome elimination.

If you are interested in Marie Curie Fellowships, here is an interview from Euraxess Japan about my experience on obtaining it. Also, find my presentation at the EURAXESS European Research Day 2016 (Tokyo, Japan) – Special session ‘Future career opportunities for European researchers currently in Japan’.

Current location: Edinburgh, The University of Edinburgh (Laura Ross lab)

If you are working on developing experimental techniques on scale insects or mealybugs, you can join the Mealybug team.