Michel Tibayrenc, has worked on the genetics and evolution of infectious diseases for more than 35 years. He is a director of research emeritus at the French Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD), founder and editor-in-chief of Infection, Genetics and Evolution (Elsevier) and the founder and principal organiser of the international congresses MEEGID (molecular epidemiology and evolutionary genetics of infectious diseases), supported and managed by Elsevier. He is the author of more than 200 international papers (H index = 47). With his collaborator Jenny Telleria, he is the founder and scientific adviser of the Bolivian Society of Human Genetics (2012).

collecting « vinchucas » (triatomine bugs, vectors of Chagas disease)

with the precious help of local people. Bolivia, the 80s.



2004 to 2012

Directeur de recherche “exceptional class” IRD

Present grade: Emeritus


Parasitology, University of Paris-Orsay

PhD (Doctorat d'Etat ès Sciences)

1988 to 2005

founder and head of the laboratory of Genetics and Evolution of Infectious Diseases (Génétique et Evolution des Maladies Infectieuses-GEMI) at the IRD center in Montpellier, France

2005 to 2009

IRD representative in Thailand

1976 / 1977

Parasitology University of Montpellier

Diplôme d'Etudes Approfondies (= Master 2)

Diploma of Tropical Medicine Montpellier

Certificate of Leprology


University of Paris

MD (docteur en médecine)


Medical Entomology University of Paris

Diplôme d'Etudes Approfondies (= Master 2)

1995 to 2003

Directeur de recherche 1st Class (director of research) IRD

1989 to 1995

Directeur de recherche 2nd Class (director of research) IRD

1977 to 1989

Chargé de recherche (a permanent position of researcher) IRD

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