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Infectious Diseases and Public Health

French National Institute for Agricultural Research - University of Tours (France)

Fabrice Laurent

PhD, "Apicomplexa and Mucosal Immunity" team leader, Deputy head of the Animal health division of INRAE


My entire career has been devoted to study parasitic infections such as coccidiosis and cryptosporidiosis and deciphering immune responses during these infections.

These last years, I described intestinal immune characteristics in neonates leading to their high susceptibility to Cryptosporidium parvum infection. I revealed the importance of innate immunity for controlling the acute phase of the infection.

I also developed strategies targeting intestinal mononuclear phagocytes to strengthen immunity of neonates. 

Other activities

Collective responsibilities
Since January 2O18, I work as deputy head of the animal health department of INRAE. 
I have the co-responsibility of building a project aiming at constituting a National Research Infrastructure to control emerging or zoonotic animal infectious diseases by in vivo exploration ("Emerg'in").


I’m in charge of two teaching activities "Mucosal Immunology" and "Adjuvants" of the French master "Cellular and molecular infectiology, vaccinlogy and therapeutic antibodies" at Tours University;

I also give several courses in the teaching unit "Immunology and Immunity of Mucosal surfaces" of the Erasmus Mundus master "Infectious diseases and One Health" (IDOH) involving three core partners: University of Tours/INRA, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona/CReSA and University of Edinburgh/Roslin Institute.


 I’m currently leading several research grants with industrials and academics.

Contact details

Fabrice Laurent

Centre de recherche Val de Loire
UMR ISP - 213
37380 Nouzilly

33(0)2 47 42 77 51

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Team activities

Fabrice Laurent