Philippe VANDE PERRE
Currently professor of medicine and virology at the faculty of medicine of the University Montpellier, I was trained in medicine and microbiology at the Free University of Brussels, Belgium and obtained my PhD at the same university in 1992.
I am equally head of department of bacteriology-virology and vice-president of the directorate of the University Teaching Hospital in Montpellier, as well as the director of the research unit “Pathogenesis and Control of Chronic Infection”.
I have been involved in HIV research since 1982. As long-term resident in Rwanda – where I conducted the first cohort study demonstrating the transmission of HIV by breastfeeding (NEJM 1991) - and in Burkina Faso, I have focused mostly on translational research on mechanisms of transmission of HIV and associated infections. My present research agenda is focused on three topics: viral reservoirs in breast milk, prevention of residual transmission of HIV by breastfeeding, and breastfeeding-induced microchimerism.
I have been invited in multiple experts consultations for WHO, UNICEF, UNAIDS and EU/EDCTP, mainly on breastfeeding and HIV prevention. So far, I have authored 448 scientific articles and chapters, with more than 14,000 citations and an H index of 65.
After more than twenty years of research in cellular biology in the field of Dermatology, I had the opportunity to join Philippe's research unit when it was created, in 2011. Thus, I was able to apply my expertise on epithelial interfaces in an infectious context and at the same time bring my experience of managing laboratory activity for projects in countries with limited resources.
Recruited in 2009 by Philippe, I have been by his side, accompanying his research unit in it's dynamism over the years. At first a simple help in terms of secretarial work, Philippe has given me the opportunity to really take part in all the ongoing projects as well as in the life of our research unit.