I studied for 8 years organometallic chemistry, catalysis and cross-coupling reactions under the supervision of outstanding mentors : undergraduate project in the lab of Paul Knochel (Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich), Ph.D. with Gérard Cahiez (CNRS, Paris), and postdoctoral studies with Bruce Lipshutz (UC Santa Barbara, California). In Cahiez’s lab I contributed to the field of green chemistry by using non-toxic manganese and iron salts to develop green metal-catalyzed coupling reactions. In Lisphutz’s lab we co-developed with Dr. Arkady Krasovskiy (Dow Chemicals, Michigan) a modification of the Nobel Prize Wining reaction named Negishi cross-coupling, where for the first time this reaction was completed in water at room temperature in a one-pot reaction by using safe and inexpensive surfactants as micelle nano-reactors.
In 2012 I joined EcoFoG lab in French Guiana as a CNRS scientist to develop interdisciplinary research studies at the frontier between natural products chemistry, chemical ecology, and analytical chemistry. This has permitted me to gain knowledge in pharmacology, microbiology, parasitology, entomology, molecular biology, ecology and evolution in the context of Amazonian forests. I am co-leading the group “Functional Chemodiversity and Applications” at EcoFoG with Nadine Amusant (Cirad) and our team includes Yannick Estevez (Research Engineer, CNRS), Emeline Houël (Research Engineer, CNRS) and Cyrielle Sophie (Technician, CNRS).
Currently I am attempting to combine state-of-the-art methods in analytical chemistry (NMR 1D/2D, RAMAN, MS imaging-molecular networking-metabolomics) and molecular ecology (Next-Generation Sequencing, genomics) to decipher the biosynthetic pathways of natural products in an evolutionary context.
Our interdisciplinary research in chemistry focuses on (see the research tab below for more information) :
1- the mechanism of heartwood formation in tropical tree species,
2- the impact of latex in Amazonian tree evolution
3- community ecology of ants cuticular bacteria