I am currently an independent
researcher, working in collaboration with the IRD, the Bolivian
INLASA Institute, and the UMSA.
I am conducting investigations on vectors of Chagas disease in Bolivia
(role of potential secondary vectors, resistence to insecticide,
distribution of wild Triatoma infestans, etc).
After studies in France, I obtained my Ph.D. in
Biological Science, specialization in Ethology, at the Paris
XIII University and
at the Free University of Brussels, in 2003. During my Ph.D.,
I worked on the analysis of the gregariousness in ants,
particularly in Lasius
niger, studying the dynamics and the mechanisms of
Then, I worked on a European
to study the behaviour of aggregation in the cockroach Periplaneta
americana, in order to discover the behavioural rules and
implement them in some small robots (Insbots) which mime the behaviour
of cockroaches. The aim of this project was to integrate these insbots
to the insect group, forming "mixed societies", and then try to control
the insects by the insbots.
Furthermore, I enter in the medical
entomology world by beginning a study in Bolivia on the
assassin bug Triatoma
infestans, studying their aggregation behaviour.