Justine Rougé is determined to become a researcher in medical entomology at the interface between fundamental and applied research. In this interview, she tells us about why she wanted to work in medical entomology and her goals for the future.

Tell us about yourself, what are your interests?

My name is Justine Rougé and I obtained my Master in parasitology in June 2016 at the University of Pierre and Marie Curie (Paris, France).

Having different interests in insect biology and ecology, human and veterinary medicine and parasitology, I am determined to become a researcher in medical entomology at the interface between fundamental and applied research.

Apart from sciences, I have other passions. I have an unquestionable fidelity for dogs especially Collies, I have loved them since I was a child.

Moreover, sport is a big part of my life. I am a coach at Bootcamp, an American-style interval training workout.

Also, I practice Aquabike and I am a big fan of ice-hockey and football. I have many other interests in nature, culture (theatre, museum, exhibition, art cinema…) and trips.

Why did you choose the research in medical entomology as a career?

Since my childhood, I have had a passion for medicine and zoology.

Since my first internship in entomology at the Research Institute of Insect Biology (IRBI, CNRS, Tours, France), I knew that I wanted to continue in this way and become a researcher.

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Indeed, research is for me a sort of evasion, where I can express my creativity. For me, research is like DIY or like cooking. You have crazy ideas, that you want to test, so you test and you test again but try different hypotheses, different material and methods, which lead to results.Briefly, I like to develop projects from A to Z, and I have chosen medical entomology because it’s a versatile research area which regroup my principal passions and will allow me to work from fundamental to applied research.

Moreover, my primary objectives are to know more about vector biology and ecology in order to set up new vector control strategies, which are particularly needed now due to emerging diseases.

This profession will allow me to transmit my passion for the research and innovation to the future generations as well as contributing to scientific innovation, global health and social well-being.

What are you doing at the moment? How will this create an impact?

In October 2016 I have met Dr Francesco Baldini, a world leader in vector biology working at the Institute of Biodiversity, Animal Health and Comparative Medicine (IBAHCM University of Glasgow (UK). Giving our mutual research interests in fighting malaria we decided to support my research career through a funding research in order to do a PhD in medical entomology.

In March 2017, I spent two weeks at the IBAHCM where I conducted experiments concerning the detection and characterization of natural Wolbachia infections in Anopheles gambiae, the main African malaria vectors.

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Then, we developed two projects in order to request a funding, one of these can be found on The Fight Malaria Blog

Last December, funding was provided for the second project to study the molecular investigations of insecticide exposure and malaria infections in mosquitoes. Recently, I applied for this PhD supervised by Francesco Baldini and Heather Ferguson and I am awaiting the outcome.

During this time, I am joining Fight Malaria as a columnist, sharing the latest news concerning malaria and vector-borne diseases.

Through this experience, I hope to transmit important and key new information about vector-borne diseases for a large public as well as to develop my critical and scientific mind and my popularisation capacities. 

Who have you worked with?

I am currently working in collaboration with Dr Francesco Baldini at the IBAHCM (Glasgow, Scotland) since October 2016. You can find him on Twitter, his ResearchGate and also on his blog.

Do you have any publications?

I have only one publication for the moment in physical ecology with Antoine Humeau and Jerôme Casas: view it here.


How can viewers contact you?

Please email me at: [email protected]

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