Samuel Alizon

I am a CNRS Research Director based in the MIVEGEC department in Montpellier.

I am an evolutionary ecologist specialised in the modelling of infectious disease dynamics. My research focuses on human parasites (HPV, HIV, HCV, malaria, SARS-Cov-2).


2013     Habilitation (HDR, Université Montpellier 2)
2006 PhD in ecology and evolution (Université Paris 6)
2003 Magistère in biology (ENS)
2000 Admission at the ENS Cachan (biology-biochemestry track)

Academic positions

since 2017     Directeur de Recherche at the CNRS in the Laboratoire MIVEGEC
2010-2017 Chargé de Recherche at the CNRS in the Laboratoire MIVEGEC
2008-2009 ETH fellow with Sebastian Bonhoeffer at ETH Zürich (Switzerland)
2006-2008 Post-doctoral fellow with Troy Day and Peter Taylor at Queen's University (Canada)
2003-2006 PhD with Minus van Baalen at Université Paris 6 (France)


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since 2010 teaching approximately 15h/year to MSc students in French universities.
2007-2008     teaching 72h/year (game theory and calculus for biologists) in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Queen's University.
2003-2006    teaching 64h/year in computer sciences for biologists, ecology and evolution at Université Paris 6.


2020-2021     Occitanie region and ANR funding for the call « Urgence COVID ».
2019-2022     FHU InCh PhD funding for Başak Uysal.
2019-2022     Ligue contre le cancer PhD fellowship to Thomas Bénéteau.
2017-2020     Fondation pour la Recherche Médicale fellowship to Gonché Danesh.
2015-2020     Consolidator grant from the ERC.
2016-2017 Sidaction funding for Emma Saulnier's 4th PhD year.
2013-2016 PEPS PhD funding from CNRS and the UMontpellier for Emma Saulnier.
2012-2015 ATIP-Avenir grant from CNRS and INSERM.
2008-2009 ETH fellowship from ETH Zürich.

ERC CNRS     ATIP-Avenir   FRM     sidaction Ligue contre le cancer

Editorial and reviewing work

Editor for PLoS Computational Biology in charge of Review articles since 2018
Recommender for Peer Community in Evolutionary Biology since 2017
Associated Editor for PLoS Computational Biology since 2016
Reviewing Editor for the Journal of Evolutionary Biology from 2011 to 2015.
Member of the editorial board of Virulence since 2013.

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