We study RNA virus evolution to predict,
prepare and prevent future epidemics. 


Marco Vignuzzi, PhD
Canada, Italy

Principal Investigator
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I love viruses, evolution and my lab members. I'm the guy that tries to motivate while keeping things light.

Anne Kongchanh

Administrative Assistant

I'm the lab's administrative assistant, I keep things organized, find bureaucratic fixes, and welcome new members to the team. I also love all things Japanese, and I train and practise Kyudo - ancient Japanese archery.

Veronica Rezelj, PhD
Slovenia, Argentina

Postdoctoral Fellow
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After a PhD at the CVR in Glasgow, Scotland, I came to the Vignuzzi lab to continue studying arboviruses, evolution and replication mechanisms such as fidelity and recombination. Other likes? Cooking and Argentinian BBQ!


James Weger

Postdoctoral Fellow
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I'm interested in arboviruses of the togaviridae and flaviviridae families, and how nutritional status may affect host susceptibility to these infections. I hail from the dairylands of Wisconsin - milk is in my blood!

Gonzalo Moratorio, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow
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I'm driving myself insane figuring out how robustness and evolvability play in the generation of fitness landscapes. Most importantly, I'm a football maniac and top supporter of my national team, Uruguay!

Hervé Blanc

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On land, I'm the lab's deep sequencing technician and in the water, I coach and compete in the national underwater hockey league.


Stéphanie Beaucourt

Lab Manager/Research Engineer
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I'm a research technician focusing on fidelity variants. I also act as lab manager and I love baking French pastries and chocolates for the lab.

Veronika Bernhauerova, PhD
Czech Republic

Postdoctoral Fellow
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I am a mathematician and ecologist, interested in studying infectious disease dynamics. I'm working on developing new tools to study virus evolution and use experimental models to address questions in viral ecology. I prefer being behind the lens, doing my own photography in my spare time.

Lucia Carrau

PhD Student
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I'm a student in the international PPU-Pasteur PhD Program, studying vaccine strategies based on evolutionary approaches. I love all sports, especially field hockey, football and tennis!


Laura Levi

PhD Student
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I was a Master student in this lab, and have come back for my PhD after completing Med School. I'm now working on arbovirus evolution. When my eyes are not on my mosquitoes, they are buried in a good book.

Thomas Vallet

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I deep sequence everything and anything for the evolution projects in our lab. I'm also the lab's resident artist - so French!

Björn Meyer

Postdoctoral Fellow
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I'm interested in enterovirus evolution and synergy/antagonism and other interactions during co-infection. But I love arenaviruses too. And when not reading up literature, I'm leaning towards wine and bad TV.




Prof. Mark Denison, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, USA

Prof. Britt Glaunsinger, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, USA

Prof. Ben tenOever, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY, USA


Lark Coffey (USA), now assistant professor at UC Davis

Cyril Barbezange (France), now Scientist at the Belgian Scientific Institute for Public Health, Brussels

Antonio Borderia (Spain), now Project Manager in IGDA, Institut Pasteur

Kenny Stapleford (USA), now assistant professor at NYU

Bryan Mounce (USA), now assistant professor at Loyola University, Chicago


Nina Gnädig (Germany), now postdoc at Columbia University, NYC

Kathryn Rozen-Gagnon (USA), now postdoc at Rockefeller University, NYC

Enzo Poirier (France), now postdoc at The Crick Institute, London

Rasmus Henningsson (Sweden)


Laura Levi (France)

Yasnee Beeharry (Mauritius)

Alexandre Ghounaris (France)

Peter Jan Hooikaas (Netherlands)

Teresa Cesaro (Italy)

Dinh Tran (France)

Our favorite links for Parisian food and drinks

If you know Marco and his lab, you'll know that good food and great drinks are what makes life worth living. Here are some of our favorite spots in town:

L'Avant Comptoir, a stand-up only French small plates (kind of like tapas) wine bar and foodie counter in the Odeon district. And the sit-down Comptoir restaurant next door is one of the originals in the New Bistrot movement that has taken Paris by storm. There are now three of them in the same neighborhood, check them all out for different menus!

Frenchie - Restaurant, Wine Bar and To Go, this guy is a genius and all three places are worth every minute spent there.

Cantine California, there's a traveling food truck and a sit-in restaurant (in the Arts et Métiers district) that makes perfect burgers and tacos.

Johana's Fish n Chips, the closest thing to Queen's approved fish n chips in Paris, run by an adorable Parisian family, in the Montorgueil district.

Le Fumoir, a gentle(wo)man's bar across the street from the Louvre, one of the best places to get American-style cocktails, and a great Brunch.

Le Rosebud, the perfect bar for cold winter nights and warming bourbon cocktails, the favorite drinking haunt of Simone de Beauvoir and Jean Paul Sartre, on rue Delambre in the Montparnasse district.

Hexagone Coffee, the newest addition to the developing artisinal coffee scene in Paris, on rue du Chateau in the 14th.

Loustic Café, a fantastic coffee house in the 3rd arrondissement.

Boot Café, one of Paris' best cappuccinos served from a converted shoe cobbler's shop.

Jean Hwang Carrant Cookies, bringing the best home-made organic cookies to Paris, in the Montorgueil/rue du Nil area.

Marché des Enfants Rouges, my favorite outdoor food market, for groceries and food stands.

Le Timbre, a sweet little restaurant of a handful of tables and a small, but perfect, menu.

Paris by Mouth, the go-to guide to good food in Paris.

David Liebovitz, Paris' adopted foodie son who has eyes on everything good and delicious.

The Vignuzzi Lab Country Retreat

Located in the heart of Burgundy, the village of Noyers-sur-Serein is a hidden gem on the official list of France's 100 most beautiful villages. The medieval village, under strict architectural protection by heritage laws, showcases hundreds of 12th to 18th century houses clustered around artisan shoppes and artist studios. Located 200km from Paris, the lab frequently retreats to the country house for summer barbecues and pool parties, or winter getaways and the epic Thanksgiving dinner gathering 50 family and friends. Built in 1491, this special house loves to be shared with our friends and colleagues.

Get in touch, or come say hello!

Come for the science, stay for the fun. If you'd like to meet our team or come talk about the work we do, you can find us here:

Unité de Populations Virales et Pathogenèse
Viral Populations and Pathogenesis Unit

Institut Pasteur
28, rue du Dr Roux
75724 Paris cedex 15

Anne Kongchanh, Administrative Assistant
+(33) 1 45 68 88 65

+(33) 1 45 68 88 74