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Dr Julien Pelletier
|Title:||Teaching Fellow in Biosciences|
|Phone:||+44 (0)1782 733671|
|Location:||Huxley Building : 304|
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I studied for my BA at University Paris-6 where I started to develop an ever-growing interest for the field of insect physiology. Then, I completed a PhD in molecular biology at INRA (Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique) in Versailles, France, working on the characterization of olfactory proteins involved in the antennal reception of pheromone in the silkmoth. After graduating, I joined Walter Leal’s laboratory for a first postdoctoral experience at the University of California-Davis, USA. There, I employed a combination of molecular, bioinformatics and functional approaches to study different families of mosquito olfactory proteins. I returned to Europe for a second postdoctoral experience at SLU (Sveriges Lantbruks Universitet), Sweden, where I received two competitive grants to continue my research on the molecular mechanisms of olfaction in mosquitoes. I joined the faculty at Keele in November 2013 as a Lecturer in Vector Biology.
My research, conducted from an evolutionary and functional perspective, involves elucidating molecular mechanisms of olfaction in mosquitoes. Adaptation of mosquitoes within different ecological niches (e.g. host preference) relies on a diversified set of olfactory proteins necessary to detect semiochemicals critical for survival. Thus far, only a small subset of these proteins has been functionally characterized. In this context, I am employing conventional techniques of molecular biology and electrophysiology in addition to emerging tools such as transgenesis-mediated knockout in order to translate genomic and transcriptomic data into functional evidence. My main objective is to get insights into the evolutionary and molecular mechanisms of mosquito odorant reception as well as to provide relevant information regarding the design of new strategies for vector control.