Dates: November 2011 – September 2013
Project Title: Mathematical modeling of the evolution of complex life cycles with application to Toxoplasma gondii
Maude Lélu (Ph.D. Ecology, University of Reims Champagne-Ardennes, 2010) developed a general framework to study the evolution of trophically transmitted parasites and more specifically focused on the genetic diversity and virulence of Toxoplasma gondii. Upon completing her fellowship at NIMBioS, Dr. Lélu accepted a postdoctoral position working on the eco-epidemiology of zoonotic pathogens in the division of Epidemiology and Community Health at the School of Public Health, University of Minnesota.
Feature Story: Investigating the pathways of a parasite
Publications while at NIMBioS
Gaoue OG, Ngonghala CN, Jiang J, Maud L. 2015. Towards a mechanistic understanding of the synergistic effects of harvesting timber and non-timber forest products. Methods in Ecology and Evolution.
Lelu M, Langlais M, Poulle ML, Gilot-Fromont E, Gandon S. 2013. When should a trophically and vertically transmitted parasite manipulate its intermediate host? The case of Toxoplasma gondii. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 208(1765): 20131143. [Online].
Gilot-Fromont E, Lelu M, Darde ML, Richomme C, Aubert D, Afonso E, Mercier A, Gotteland C, Villena I. 2012. The life cycle of Toxoplasma gondii in the natural environment. In: Olgica Djurkovic Djakovic (ed.), Toxoplasmosis – Recent Advances. ISBN 978-953-51-0746-0. [Online].
Lelu M, Villena I, Aubert D, Darde ML, Geers R, Dupuis E, Gotteland C, Poulle ML, Thulliez P, Gilot-Fromont E. 2012. Quantitative estimation of the viability of Toxoplasma gondii oocysts in soil. Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 78: 5127-5132. [Online].
Presentations while at NIMBioS
Lelu M, Langlais M, Poulle ML, Gilot-Fromont E, Gandon S. July 2012. When should a trophically and vertically transmitted parasite manipulate its intermediate host? Annual Meeting of The Society for Mathematical Biology, Knoxville, TN.
Lelu M, Langlais M, Poulle ML, Gilot-Fromont E, Gandon S. July 2012. Poster: When should a trophically and vertically transmitted parasite manipulate its intermediate host? First Joint Congress on Evolutionary Biology, Otawa, Canada.