About me

6NjwL86Y_400x400When I was a child, my biggest dream was to travel the world. This dream came true as I combined living in different countries with my professional career as a scientist. After growing up in France, I have had the privilege to travel and live in Europe, America and Asia.

I consider myself an evolutionary biologist who has taken a different route to approach my research interests. My research aims at combining different fields in biology to understand the making of today’s biodiversity, focusing on scale insects and touching on Drosophila.

My goal is to provide new insights on scale insect life history evolution and phenotypic adaptation on plants by using both comparative and mechanistic approaches.

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 into the past.

In 2013, I moved to Japan and started a collaborative project on hormonal regulation in scale insect metamorphosis at Nagoya University. There, I founded NUECRA, an association that aimed to connect early career researchers within the University and with other local research institutions.

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

Since 2019, I am Visiting Research Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, learning Drosophila genetic tools and investigating the mechanisms underlying sex-specific plasticity.

Current location: University of Illinois at Chicago, Department of Biological Sciences, Shingleton lab


Working on developing experimental techniques on scale insects or mealybugs? Join the Mealybug team!


Learn about insects that don’t have emojis from my artwork on Instagram: @bugstolove

You can also purchase prints and goodies of my insect artwork in my RedBubble shop.