ECOFECT > Research


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The objective of ECOFECT is to develop interface projects on infectious diseases that integrate molecular and cellular mechanisms of infections with epidemiologic, ecologic and evolutionary dimensions. Reciprocally, infectious diseases exert significant pressure on ecology and evolution of complex interaction networks, from molecular and cellular levels to individuals, populations and communities.

► The research process is structured around four work packages, stimulating the synergy of complementary skills on the host-pathogen interaction considered as a complex system.


Work package 1: Modeling of networks, from the molecular-cellular level to population and host communities, in the context of highly heterogeneous systems.

Work package 2: Mechanisms and epidemiology of multi-infections, in order to elucidate how they modify severity and issue of diseases.

Work package 3: A synergistic approach of zoonosis (diseases transmitted from animals to humans), where wildlife monitoring combined to experimental assays in controlled conditions will help to decipher how infection influences host ecology and evolution, which in turn may influence propagation of diseases.

Work package 4: An integrative approach on emerging infectious diseases (hemorrhagic fevers, Dengue, etc.) that already constitutes a topic shared by several teams of ECOFECT.