Short CV/Education and training


  • 2010
    Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches, Université de Strasbourg, France

  • 2004
    Joint Ph.D, European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Heidelberg Germany – Université de Strasbourg. Supervisors: Profs. Fotis Kafatos and Jules Hoffmann

  • 1997 – 2001
    École Normale Supérieure de Paris (ENS Ulm)


  • 2005 – 2006
    Postdoctoral training in the laboratory of Dr. E. Levashina, IBMC, Strasbourg, France

  • 2000 – 2004
    PhD training in the laboratory of Prof. F. Kafatos, EMBL, Heidelberg, Germany

  • 2001 – 2004
    Teaching assistant at the University of Strasbourg, France

  • 1999
    6 month-training in the laboratory of Prof. Max Cooper, UAB CCC, Birmingham, USA

Selected publications

  • Blandin SA, Wang-Sattler R, Lamacchia M, Gagneur J, Lycett G, Ning Y, Levashina EA, Steinmetz LM (2009). Dissecting the genetic basis of resistance to malaria parasites in Anopheles gambiae. Science 326, 147-150.

  • Fraiture M, Baxter RH, Steinert S, Chelliah Y, Frolet C, Quispe-Tintaya W, Hoffmann JA, Blandin SA, Levashina EA (2009). Two mosquito LRR proteins function as complement control factors in the TEP1-mediated killing of Plasmodium. Cell Host Microbe 5, 273-284.

  • Blandin SA, Marois E, Levashina EA (2008). Antimalarial responses in Anopheles gambiae: from a complement-like protein to a complement-like pathway. Cell Host Microbe 3, 364-374.

  • Blandin S, Shiao SH, Moita LF, Janse CJ, Waters AP, Kafatos FC, Levashina EA (2004). Complement-like protein TEP1 is a determinant of vectorial capacity in the malaria vector Anopheles gambiae. Cell 116, 661-670.

  • Blandin S, Moita LF, Kocher T, Wilm M, Kafatos FC, Levashina EA (2002). Reverse genetics in the mosquito Anopheles gambiae: targeted disruption of the Defensin gene. EMBO Rep 3, 852-856.

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • Genetic analysis of mosquito resistance to malaria parasites.

  • Subversive redox substrates to block malaria parasite development in mosquito vectors.

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Reviewer for scientific journals: PLoS, Science, Cellular Microbiology Trends in Parasitology, BMC, Immunology and Cell Biology, Acta Tropica, J. Insect Physio., Brain Research, Wiley-VCH

  • Reviewer for grant agencies: ANR (France, as a referee and as a member of a selection committee), Wellcome Trust (UK), Foundation for Science and Technology (Portugal)

Media coverage

  • Two of my publications (as first author) received a large coverage from the media: I gave two interviews for the German television, and several interviews for local and international radio stations (BBC program "Science in Action", Columbian National Public Radio, German SWR2 Campus Radio). These studies were also covered by many international scientific journals, magazines, newspapers and websites including: This week in Science, Bioworld International, Science Daily, Sueddeutsche Zeitung (Germany), Aerzte Zeitung (Germany), Der Bund (Switzerland), Sciences et Avenir (France), Publico (Portugal and Spain), Correio Braziliense (Brazil), El Dictamen (Mexico), Daily India (India)...

Additional qualifications

  • Direction of Inserm unit U963, IBMC, Strasbourg, France: "Immune response of the malaria vector Anopheles gambiae", since 2013

  • Research scientist at Inserm, since 2007

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Soft Skills

Other activities and achievements/family

  • Family: 3 children

  • Other activities: I enjoy reading, sports (triathlon, hiking) and cooking. I participated in scientific vulgarisation programs (European Learning Lab for Life Sciences)


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