Samuel Alizon

I am a CNRS Research Director and head of the Ecology & Evolution of Health (EEH) team within the CIRB at the Collège de France in Paris.

I use ecology & evolution concepts and tools, especially modelling, to tackle health-related questions. I am particularly interested in human viruses such as papillomaviruses, HIV, or 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 2022     Head of the Ecology and Evolution of Health (EEH) team in the CIRB research unit in Paris
since 2017 Directeur de Recherche at CNRS
2013-2020      Head of the Experimental and Theoretical Evolution (ETE) team in the MIVEGEC research unit
2010-2017 Chargé de Recherche at the CNRS in Montpellier (France)
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 (currently mostly in the IMaLiS master).
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.


2022-2026     ANR CUPS2 research project.
2022-2025     ANRS PhD funding for Olivier Supplisson.
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 FH InCh Occitanie université de Montpellier ANRS-MIE ANR

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.

I deleted by Publons reviewer account because since it has been bought by Web of Science it is now only about h-index but some of my reviewing work is lised on ORCID.