MGPS & l'INRA
The microbiota in human health
and well being.

The TEAM

Board of directors

Dusko Ehrlich

Principal Investigator of the MGP project


After completing his PhD at Université Paris 7, S. Dusko Ehrlich was a research associate of Prof Joshua Lederberg, Nobel prize winner, at Stanford University. He was hired by INRA as a research director in 1986. Specialized in microbiology and genomics, the concepts and ideas he presented were a driving force for large initiative such as the Human Microbiome Project, funded by the NIH, and MetaHIT, supported by the European Commission, of which he was the coordinator. His multidisciplinary approach, opened to complementary competences led him to gather clinicians, genomic specialists, microbiologists, computer science specialists and bio-analysts within the MetaHIT project. The achievements of the project included deciphering the intestinal microbiota, our "second genome", discovery of the enterotypes (a classification of our intestinal microbiota into three categories), as well as uncovering the added risk of chronic diseases for a large of the human population. Stanislav Dusko Ehrlich is a member of the American Academy for Microbiology, the Croatian Science Academy, the French Academy of Agriculture and the European Molecular Biology Organisation.

Florence Haimet

Laboratory director


With 20+ years experience in research management, Florence Haimet was, for the past 12 years in charge of partnership for the Microbiology Division of INRA, a job which included contract's negotiation, as well as intellectual property management, in particular discussions with industrial partners from all types of companies, from start-up to international groups as well as consortia. Translation of our ideas and discoveries into new products and services to benefit our society, in the fields of human health and well being is at the root of our existence and the core of my activities for MGP.

Joël Doré

Scientific Director


Research Director at INRA, Joël is Scientific Director of MetaGenoPolis and Scientific Director of the Biobanking platform. Deputy Head of the Micalis Institute “Food and Gut Microbiology for Human Health” and scientific board member of Microbiology Pole of the Doctoral School “Therapeutic Innovations” at Paris-XI University. Joel joined INRA in 1983 and received his PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA, in 1988. He aims to contribute to a better understanding of the intestinal ecosystem in order to support therapeutic choices in the medical area, as well as science-based recommendations in health nutrition.

Biobanking platform - SAMBO

Joël Doré

Scientific Director


Scientific board member of Microbiology Pole of the Doctoral School “Therapeutic Innovations” at Paris-XI University. Joel joined INRA in 1983 and received his PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA, in 1988. He aims to contribute to a better understanding of the intestinal ecosystem in order to support therapeutic choices in the medical area, as well as science-based recommendations in health nutrition

Florence LEVENEZ

Operational manager


After many years working on hormones and gastro-intestinal peptides, Florence Levenez oriented her work solely on intestinal microbiota (both human and animal) since 2001. The first approach she used was based on 16S RNA (TTGE-qPCR), she then turned to whole genome metagenomics from 2008. She left the Micalis Institute in 2012 to join MGP, where she is in charge of the Sambo biobanking platform. Her comprehensive experience of the domain and technical expertise are key factors in the management of the platform and the development and validation of normalised processes (ISO 9001 certification in preparation) , their automatisation, for sample aliquoting, sample storage and whole bacterial DNA extraction.

Mylène ROBINET


Mickael CAMUS


New generation sequencing platform - METAQUANT

Dusko Ehrlich

Scientific Director


After completing his PhD at Université Paris 7, S. Dusko Ehrlich was a research associate of Prof Joshua Lederberg, Nobel prize winner, at Stanford University. He was hired by INRA as a research director in 1986. Specialized in microbiology and genomics, the concepts and ideas he presented were a driving force for large initiative such as the Human Microbiome Project, funded by the NIH, and MetaHIT, supported by the European Commission, of which he was the coordinator. His multidisciplinary approach, opened to complementary competences led him to gather clinicians, genomic specialists, microbiologists, computer science specialists and bio-analysts within the MetaHIT project. The achievements of the project included deciphering the intestinal microbiota, our "second genome", discovery of the enterotypes (a classification of our intestinal microbiota into three categories), as well as uncovering the added risk of chronic diseases for a large of the human population. Stanislav Dusko Ehrlich is a member of the American Academy for Microbiology, the Croatian Science Academy, the French Academy of Agriculture and the European Molecular Biology Organisation.

Benoit QUINQUIS

Automatisation manager


With 15 plus years of experience in bacterial genomics, Benoit Quinquis specialised in metagneomics since its onset at INRA in 2008. He is in charge of automatisation of DNA preparation and library construction for high throughput metagenomic sequencing.

Nathalie GALLERON

Production manager


Nathalie Galleron assisted in the first projects on bacterial genomics, participating in the sequencing of several genomes, then developed her competence in metagenomics since 2008. She is in charge of production management in MetaQuant, as well as being quality correspondent for the laboratory.

Hugo ROUME


Gwenolah ANNONAY


Mélina CORDEAU


Functional metagenomics platform – METAFUN

Hervé BLOTTIERE

Scientific Director


Has obtained a PhD in Tumor Immunology from the University of Nantes (France) in 1989. His main research interests are to understand the Cross-Talk between gut microbiota and the intestinal mucosa (epithelial and immune cells) and to look for molecular signals from the microbiota implicated in this cross-talk. His goals are to provide a better understanding of the physiology of the digestive tract and to allow strategies preventing gut pathologies. He developed, together with Joël Doré, the functional metagenomics and has set up the MetaFun platform of Metagenopolis. He is also Scientific Director of the Fine laboratory (Functionality of the INtestinal Eosystem). He is coordinator of the French National Research Agency (ANR) funded FunMetaGen project and was co-coordinator of the European funded Marie-Curie Initial Training Network Cross-Talk (www.cross-talk.eu) gathering together 10 European partners. He participated as partner or task leader in several projects including the European funded MetaHIT and MetaCardis and the ANR-funded MicroObese. He is the Vice-President of the French Club d’Etude des Cellules Epithéliales Digestives (CECED). He is Member of the French Gastro Enterology Society (SNFGE) and Member of the Society for Mucosal Immunology. He authored 81 peer-reviewed publications and 22 Reviews. (ISI h-index = 28)

Véronique LÉJARD

Operational manager


She obtained her PhD in Physiology and pathophysiology in 2007 at the Pierre and Marie Curie University (France) with on a work dedicated to the transcriptional regulation of type I collagen in tendons. Then she specialized on tendons formation through her post-docs in the “Muscle and Tendon Formation and repair” team at the Developmental Biology Laboratory (Paris) and in the “extracellular matrix and development” team of the Institute of Biology and Chemistry of Proteins (IBCP, Lyon). From 2011 to 2013, she worked in the field of bovine genetics and genomics in the Animal Genetics and Integrative Biology (GABI) research unit of INRA (Jouy-en-Josas). She developed a functional in vitro screen of putative bovine regulatory Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms (rSNP). Since 2013, she has been in charge of the functional metagenomic platform MetaFun. Her main interest now resides in the exploration of the interactions between the gut microbiota and the intestinal mucosa and in the identification of bioactive clones that have an effect on various human intestinal cell functions.

Samah SFAXI


Amélie GOUDET


Parfait EVOUNA MENGUE


Informatic and biostatistics platform - INFOBIOSTAT

Dusko Ehrlich

Scientific Director


After completing his PhD at Université Paris 7, S. Dusko Ehrlich was a research associate of Prof Joshua Lederberg, Nobel prize winner, at Stanford University. He was hired by INRA as a research director in 1986. Specialized in microbiology and genomics, the concepts and ideas he presented were a driving force for large initiative such as the Human Microbiome Project, funded by the NIH, and MetaHIT, supported by the European Commission, of which he was the coordinator. His multidisciplinary approach, opened to complementary competences led him to gather clinicians, genomic specialists, microbiologists, computer science specialists and bio-analysts within the MetaHIT project. The achievements of the project included deciphering the intestinal microbiota, our "second genome", discovery of the enterotypes (a classification of our intestinal microbiota into three categories), as well as uncovering the added risk of chronic diseases for a large of the human population. Stanislav Dusko Ehrlich is a member of the American Academy for Microbiology, the Croatian Science Academy, the French Academy of Agriculture and the European Molecular Biology Organisation.

Nicolas PONS

Operational manager


Nicolas Pons is a bioinformaticien at INRA in Jouy-en-Josas since 2003. He approached various scientific thematics around the genomics and more recently around the metagenomics. During his PhD obtained in 2007, he developed a strategy for reconstructing transcriptional regulatory networks in bacteria by the detection of DNA regulatory boxes. In 2010, he joined as Research Engineer the high-throughput sequencing platform MetaQuant in the UMR Micalis and in MetaGenoPolis. In 2014, he participated to the creation of the bioinformatic dedicated platform InfoBioStat and took the operational responsibility of this one. In InfoBioStat, he is focused on the development of databases and processing methods for the analysis of metagenomics big-data from various research projects (MetaHIT, MicroObes, MetaCardis, EvoTAR…)

Emmanuelle LE CHATELIER

Senior Research Scientist


Emmanuelle Le Chatelier is a senior research scientist with a PhD in Microbiology and a long experience in molecular biology in the field of DNA replication. Since 2010, she gained an expertise in computational biology and more specifically the analysis of gut microbial ecosystems through metagenomics data-mining, genome reconstruction and association with host phenotypes. This research aims to decipher the role of microbes in human health and disease and identify new diagnostic/prognostic biomarkers of disease.

Anne-Sophie ALVAREZ

Postdoctoral Researcher


After a work experience in the clinical research in a hospital environment and in the industrial microbiology in a Champagne House, Anne-Sophie Alvarez received her doctorate of microbiology from the General Delegation of the Armament (DGA) by studying the relations between the nasal colonization by Staphylococcus aureus and the nasal microbiota of hospitalized patients. Anne-Sophie is interested in research projects on the human microbiota and his impact on the health. At present, she makes a postdoctorat within the team of Pr. Dusko Erhlich (Unit MetaGenoPolis, INRA Jouy-en-Josas) to develop skills in biostatistical methods of the microbiota analysis.

Magali BERLAND

Research Associate in bioinformatics and biostatistics


Magali holds a PhD in computational biology & statistical modeling and is graduated from the INSA de Lyon engineering school (2010). After a research and teaching position at the University of Nantes, she joined in September 2014 the InfoBioStat team from MetaGenoPolis to study the roles of the gut microbiome in human health. She is in charge of statistical analysis projects and methodological developments for the exploration of metagenomics big data.

Kévin WEISZER

Ingénieur support et animateur Web


Nicolas MAZIERS

MD and Data Analyst


Franck GAUTHIER


Florence THIRION


Marie JEAMMET


Hanna JULIENNE


Susie Guilly


Kevin DA SILVA


Sebastien FROMENTIN


Senthil MURUGAPIRAN


Support service

Florence Haimet

Laboratory director


With 20+ years experience in research management, Florence Haimet was, for the past 12 years in charge of partnership for the Microbiology Division of INRA, a job which included contract's negotiation, as well as intellectual property management, in particular discussions with industrial partners from all types of companies, from start-up to international groups as well as consortia. Translation of our ideas and discoveries into new products and services to benefit our society, in the fields of human health and well being is at the root of our existence and the core of my activities for MGP.

Marine FRAISSANGE

Human resources


Manel DRIDI

Budget & accounting


Damien TOTY

Quality Engineer