Short CV/Education and training

Previous positions

  • 1990 – 1994
    Fogarty Visiting Scientist (Research Fellow), David Davies Laboratory, National Institute of Health, NIDDK, Bethesda, USA. Structure determination of mouse anti-tumour antibodies. Introduction of bioinformatic studies of immunoglobulins in order to humanize mouse antibodies. (supervisor Dr. Eduardo Padlan).

  • 1995 – 2003
    Research engineer CNRS

  • 2004 – 2012
    CNRS Research Director (2nd class)

  • Since 2013
    CNRS Research Director (1st class)

Current position:

    CNRS Research Director (1st class), Co-founder of the IGS laboratory (created 01/01/95)

  • Since 2010
    Deputy Director of the IGS laboratory

Selected publications

  • Abergel C, Legendre M, Claverie JM. The rapidly expanding universe of giant viruses: Mimivirus, Pandoravirus, Pithovirus and Mollivirus. FEMS Microbiol Rev. 2015;39(6):779-96.

  • Priet S, Lartigue A, Debart F, Claverie JM, Abergel C. mRNA maturation in giant viruses: variation on a theme. Nucleic Acids Res. 2015 Apr 20;43(7):3776-88.

  • Legendre M, Lartigue A, Bertaux L, Jeudy S, Bartoli J, Lescot M, Alempic JM, Ramus C, Bruley C, Labadie K, Shmakova L, Rivkina E, Couté Y, Abergel C, Claverie JM. In-depth study of Mollivirus sibericum, a new 30,000-y-old giant virus infecting Acanthamoeba. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2015;112(38):E5327-35.

  • Legendre M, Bartoli J, Shmakova L, Jeudy S, Labadie K, Adrait A, Lescot M, Poirot O, Bertaux L, Bruley C, Couté Y, Rivkina E, Abergel C, Claverie JM. Thirty-thousand-year-old distant relative of giant icosahedral DNA viruses with a pandoravirus morphology. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2014;111:4274-9.

  • Philippe N, Legendre M, Doutre G, Couté Y, Poirot O, Lescot M, Arslan D, Seltzer V, Bertaux L, Bruley C, Garin J, Claverie JM, Abergel C. Pandoraviruses: amoeba viruses with genomes up to 2.5 Mb reaching that of parasitic eukaryotes. Science. 2013;341(6143):281-6.

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • Structural genomics of conserved proteins of unknown function in search of new targets for new antibiotics (bacteria, fungi)

  • Giant viruses diversity and evolution

  • Giant viruses physiology

  • Structural biology of giant viruses

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Associate Editor Genome Biology and Evolution

Media coverage

  • Television: BBC, LCI, France2, France 5, FR, Russian and Australian channels, etc.

  • Radio: France info, France Inter, Europe 1, France culture, dozens of foreign radios

  • Newspapers: Le Monde, Le Figaro, Libération, Washington Post, New York Times, main Japanese newspapers

  • Popular scientific press: Science et Vie, Science et Avenir, Biofutur, La Recherche, Todays News, National Geographic

  • Internet: as of today, "Giant virus" retrieves 39,700,000 Google hits, Mimivirus >80,000, Pandoravirus, Pithovirus and Mollivirus >30,000 each.

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Additional interests

  • Gardening, Cooking

Other activities and achievements/family

  • Mother of two boys, Nicolas (21) and Raphaël (18)


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