Dr Muriel Gugger is cyanobacteriologist in charge of the Pasteur culture collection of Cyanobacteria (PCC) at Institut Pasteur. She studies the evolution and the bioactive compounds of the Cyanobacteria using the richness and diversity of the PCC as a tool for her research.
Muriel obtained her Ph.D in 2001 from the University Paris VII, based on her studies on toxic planktonic cyanobateria, under the Co-direction of Pr Kaarina SIVONEN from Helsinki University where she worked 2 years and 4 months, and of Pr Alain COUTE from MNHN Paris. She joined the lab of Pr Lucien HOFFMANN at CRP-GL in Luxembourg for 2 years and half post-doctoral fellowship on the European Project MIDICHIP, followed by another 2 years and half post-doctoral fellowship in Pr Cécile BERNARD lab at MNHN, Paris. During these two positions, she investigated the diversity and evolution of the branching cyanobacteria, as well as the bloom forming species and their cyanotoxins, notably on neurotoxin dog poisonings.
After a short period working as Project Manager on wastewater management, Muriel joined the lab of Dr Nicole TANDEAU DE MARSAC at the Institut Pasteur in August 2007 as Adjunct Curator of the PCC to work with Rosi RIPPKA. This led to her current position as Head of the Collection of Cyanobacteria in July 2009. Her main interests are the evolution of the cyanobacterial phylum, and the diversity of the genes involved in the synthesis of cyanotoxins and natural products in Cyanobacteria.