Samuel Pichon

Universität Basel
Zoologisches Institut
Vesalgasse 1
CH-4051 Basel


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Samuel Pichon

PostDoc in the group of Prof. Dieter Ebert.

Research interests

My research aims to decipher the importance of microbes in the ecology and evolution of their hosts. Hitherto, I identified and characterized genes involved in host-parasite interactions to understand how bacteria evolve and sustain intimate symbioses within the body tissues of arthropods. My past work has examined the Type IV secretion system and ankyrin genes of Wolbachia bacteria as the point of interface between symbiont and host.

I am now working on the evolution of microbiota (microbial community) in Daphnia to understand the evolutionary factors that shape the structure and determine the apparent diversity of bacteria.

Curriculum vitae

Born in 1981 in Poitiers (France).
2011-present PostDoc at the Zoological Institute, University of Basel (Switzerland).
2005-2009 Ph.D. supervised by Profs. D. Bouchon and P. Grève in the Ecology, Evolution, Symbiosis laboratory (EES), University of Poitiers (France).
  • Title: Type IV secretion system and ankyrin domain-containing proteins in Wolbachia-arthropods interactions. Link
2003-2005 M.Sc. in Evolutionary Biology and Ecology.
  • M.Sc.2 (year 5): Biology, Evolution and Populations Dynamics, University of Tours (France). Predoc experience: "Evolution and functional analysis of viral genes integrated to parasitoid wasp genome of genera Cotesia (Hymenoptera, Braconidae)", Supervisors Dr E. Huguet and Dr J.-M. Drezen, CNRS Tours (France).
  • M.Sc.1 (year 4): Population Biology and Ecosystems (speciality Evolutionary Biology), University of Poitiers (France). Predoc experience: "Incidence of anti-UV plastic films on the foraging behaviour of Bombus terrestris in commercial tomato greenhouses", Supervisor Dr B.E. Vaissière, INRA Avignon (France).
2001-2003 B.Sc. in Biology of Organisms and Populations
  • B.Sc. (year 3): Erasmus grant holder (speciality: Animal Behaviour), University of Southampton (England). Predoc experience: "Protein quality of pollens, foraging behaviour and biodiversity of bumblebees in Southern England", Supervisors Dr D. Goulson and Dr M. Hanley, Southampton (England).
  • B.Sc. (year 1 & 2): Life Science (speciality: Oceanography and Marine Biology), University of La Rochelle (France).
1999 High School Diploma (speciality: Mathematics).

Teaching experience

I taught in total 515 contact hours mainly to the 1st year bachelor and Master students of the University of Poitiers (France).
2008-2009 Assistant lecturer in comparative physiology, behavioural ecology, diversity and tree of life (269 Contact Hours).
2005-2008 Teaching assistant in molecular biology, bioinformatics, evolutionary biology and ecotoxicology (246 Contact Hours).
I also taught in contact to students from the University of Basel (Switzerland).
2011 Teaching assistant to Dr. Jean-Claude Walser in Evolutionary genetics, Population genetic courses (18 Contact Hours).
2012 Supervisor of an undergraduate 'Zoology Block course' project, with two 3rd-year B.Sc. students in Biology: Michelle Krebs & Thomas Waldmeier (about 60 Contact Hours).


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