Meriem Belheouane

Consolidated Researcher Details:

Institute of Experimental Medicine, research group Evolutionary Medicine
Research Area:
Evolutionary Biology
Dr. rer. nat.
Meriem Belheouane
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Why this profession?

During my undergraduate studies, I first studied animal ecology and then integrative physiology. After completing my M.Sc. thesis on the evolution of enamel proteins, I became interested in studying the captivating aspects of interactions between the hosts and their complex microbial communities. Thus, for my PhD, I joined Prof. John Baine's group where I am mainly focusing on the factors influencing the structure and diversity of skin microbiota in house mice.

Why RTG Genes, Environment and Inflammation?

Our knowledge of host and microbiota interactions is largely derived from gut microbiota studies. However, other body habitats, such as the skin, harbor rich communities of resident microbial communities important to the host. The characterization of such complex interactions requires knowledge and expertise from various areas of research, including dermatology, genetics, and statistics.
The “Genes, Environment and Inflammation” Research Training Group offers the exciting opportunity to investigate how the hosts interact with their resident skin microbiota in the context of chronic inflammatory disorders.