Permanent staff

Fanny Roussi is a pharmacist and completed a PhD in Organic Synthesis in Henri-Philippe Husson’s group (Paris Descartes University). Later on, she worked as a post-doctoral fellow in Jack Baldwin’s group at Oxford University, on the biomimetic synthesis of a family of natural compounds. In 2001, she joined the CNRS as a researcher. In 2003, she joined Thierry Sévenet, Françoise Guéritte and Daniel Guénard’s group to work on the synthesis of bioactive natural compounds before becoming a senior researcher and team leader since September 2013.      +33 1 69 82 31 21

Marc Litaudon received his Pharmacy degree in 1982 (Faculty of Pharmacy of Paris XI), and started a scientific career in Clinical Pharmacology as “Interne des Hôpitaux de Paris” and Clinical Research Pharmacist. In 1991, he received his PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Marine Chemistry Department at the University of Canterbury (NZ). In 1994, he joined the CNRS as a Research Engineer, and served in New Caledonia for 6 years as Head of “Laboratory of Medicinal Plants”. In 2001, he joined the ICSN, and since then, he is responsible for the management, valorisation, and scientific development of the “ICSN Extract Library”, the largest collection of natural extracts of the French public research body.      +33 1 69 82 30 85

Vincent Dumontet is a Pharmacist and Doctor of the University Paris V René Descartes – PhD defended in 2000 under the direction of Thierry Sévenet and Françoise Guéritte. He joined the CNRS in 2000 as a Research Engineer at the ICSN in Thierry Sévenet, Françoise Guéritte and Daniel Guénard team, and worked on plant crop programs and research projects in phytochemistry on endemic plants (New Caledonia, Vietnam, Madagascar, Uganda). He received an HDR in November 2014. Since December 2014, he is responsible for the Laboratory of Medicinal Plants of Noumea, the advanced antenna of ICSN in New Caledonia, where he implements link research with the Department of Natural Products and Medicinal Chemistry.      +687 26 08 15

Véronique Eparvier is graduated with two Master’s degrees: Sciences of Agro-resources (National Polytechnic Institute of Toulouse), and Anthropology (Laboratory of Human Ecology and Anthropology, Aix-Marseille III University) and since 2005 with a PhD, specialty “Chemistry of Natural Substances” from the National Museum of Natural History, thesis obtained under the direction of Françoise Guéritte and Thierry Sévenet at the ICSN. In 2006, she joined the CNRS-Guyane as a Research Engineer to set up the program “Chimiodiversity of the French-Guiana Flora “. She was recruited at the CNRS-Guyane in 2008. She joined the ICSN in 2011 where she participates in the development of research programs on symbiotic microorganisms and developed a strain library. She received an HDR in October 2013.      +33 1 69 82 36 79

Sandy Desrat is a chemical engineer from the École Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Mulhouse (ENSCMu). He obtained his Ph.D. in 2010 from Rennes 1 University under the supervision of Pierre van de Weghe after dealing with the total synthesis of a lichenic natural compound. Later on, he joined the laboratory of Pr. William B. Motherwell in University College of London (UCL) for one year before working in the team for more than 2 years on the pharmacomodulation and the biomimetic synthesis of natural compound analogues. After an other Post-Doc experience in the group of Francine Acher with Dr. Nicolas Pietrancosta in Paris Descartes University in 2014, he worked as a project manager in NovAliX pharma, Madrid for 10 months. In 2015, he joined the CNRS as a researcher to work on the synthesis of natural bioactive compounds.      +33 1 69 82 45 80

Cécile Apel graduated from the Institut National Polytechnique de Lorraine (ENSAIA). In 2008 she was appointed as a natural product chemist at the CNRS-ICSN for isolation and identification of secondary metabolites from plants. In 2013 she went to Dublin (UCD, Agriculture and Food Science Centre) where she worked on recovery of valuable compounds from food waste. In 2015 she came back to the ICSN as an engineer where she works on research projects in metabolomic and phytochemistry.      +33 1 69 82 30 38

Engineers, Postdoc researchers and PhD students

Shelly Gapil Tiamas is a PhD student working in co-supervision with the Medicinal Chemistry team of Dr. Fanny Roussi and the Phytochemistry team of Pr. Khalijah Awang (University Malaya, Kuala Lumpur). She was graduated with a Master’s degree of Chemistry from the University of Malaya. Her current research project focuses on the synthesis of chalcone-quinone analogues targeting apoptosis proteins and their biological evaluation.      +33 1 69 82 45 61

Gwenaëlle Jézéquel is a postdoctoral fellow. She graduated from the engineering school Centrale Marseille and has a master degree « Therapeutic molecules and targets » from UPMC and Museum National d’Histoire Naturelle (Paris VI). She joined the team in 2016 for her master research project, then she was allocated a PhD fellowship from the Faculty of Pharmacy of Châtenay-Malabry to work on bio-inspired synthesis of prenylated stilbenes.      +33 1 69 82 45 61

Orianne Brel is a pharmacist and a third-year PhD student. She graduated with a Master’s degree of Pharmaceutical chemistry from the Paris-Saclay University. Her research project is co-supervised by the Plant metabolites and associated micro-organisms team (ICSN) and the Energetic metabolism of Streptomyces team (I2BC). She works on the exploration by molecular networking of new antibiotics produced by biosynthetic pathways decryptification of Streptomyces bacteria.      +33 1 69 82 36 65

Laura N. F. Cardoso is a pharmacist (Federal Fluminense University, Brazil), with Master’s (2011) and a PhD (2017) in Organic Chemistry (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil). During her studies she worked mainly with medicinal chemistry and synthesis of small molecules with antibacterial activity, at Fiocruz, Brazil. Throughout her PhD she also developed a project in synthesis methodology at ICSN under the supervision of Dr. Robert Dodd. Later, she joined the group of Prof. Pierre-Yves Renard (COBRA-Rouen) as a Postdoc with a CHARM3AT Fellowship, and worked on the screening of new catalysts for Diels-Alder reactions using fluorescence methods for detection. She started as a Postdoc in the team in 2019, where she is enhancing the group’s extract library by applying her knowledge and skills in fluorescence to identify and promote new organocatalysts.      +33 1 69 82 45 61

Where are they now?

Céline Rampal (Chemical engineer 2017-2019) : Chemical engineer, Mutabilis, Romainville.

Morgane Barthélémy (PhD 2019)

Simon Remy (PhD 2019) : Lecturer, ICMR, Reims.

Florent Olivon (PhD 2018) : Mass spectrometry specialist, Waters, Guyancourt.

Tiphaine Péresse (PhD 2017) : Pharmacist, Paris.

Laure-Anne Peyrat (PhD 2016) : R&D project manager, Givaudan, Avignon.

Camille Remeur (PhD 2015) : Research associate, Evotec, Toulouse.

Mohamad Nurul Azmi (PhD 2014) : Lecturer, University of science, Penang, Malaysia.

Charlotte Geny (PhD 2014) : R&D project manager, Phytocontrol, Nîmes.

Louis-Félix Nothias (PhD 2014) : Postdoctoral fellow, Pieter Dorrestein’s team, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, USA.

Charlotte Nirma (PhD 2014) : Research engineer, IRSTEA, Rennes.

Olga Gherbovet (PhD 2013) : Researcher (medicinal chemistry), Evotec, Toulouse.

Mehdi Beniddir (PhD 2012) : Lecturer, University of Paris-Sud, Châtenay-Malabry.

Mélanie Bourjot (PhD 2012) : Lecturer, University of Strasbourg.

Sophie Técher (PhD 2012) : Researcher, APLAMEDOM, Reunion island.

Jérémy Dardenne (PhD 2012) : Computer engineer, Sopra Steria Group.

Pierre-Marie Allard (PhD 2011) : Postdoctoral fellow, Jean-Luc Wolfender’s team, University of Genève, Switzerland.

Émeline Houel (PhD 2011) : Research engineer, CNRS-Guyane.

Dalia Fomekong-Fotsop (PhD 2010) : Lecturer, Faculty of Pharmacy, “Université des Montagnes”, Cameroun.

Claire Rannoux (PhD 2010) : R&D project manager, Groupe Swatch, Switzerland.

Aurélie Leverrier (PhD 2010) : R&D project manager, BASF, Lyon.

Guillaume Marti (PhD 2009) : Lecturer, University Paul Sabatier, Toulouse.

Claire Jolly (PhD 2007) : Manager actives and formulation, Laboratoires Urgo, Dijon.

Quoc Anh Ngo (PhD 2007) : Vice director of the Institute of Chemistry of the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology, Hanoi, Vietnam.