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Integrative Biology of Marine Organisms
UMR 7232

Sheree Yau


The common theme of my research is studying the function, ecology and evolution of microorganisms and viruses. The research projects that I have carried out have been at the level of single genes, populations and whole communities, which has entailed analysing a wide range of "omics" data: genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, metagenomics, metaproteomics and metabarcoding. My current research interest is in understanding host–virus interactions in marine microbial algae.

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CNRS Research Fellow


2020 – present: CNRS researcher

2019 – 2020: Juan de la Cierva research fellow, Institute of Marine Sciences (ICM), Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), Spain

2013 – 2018: Postdoctoral researcher, Integrative Biology of Marine Organisms (BIOM-UMR7232), Banyuls Oceanologic Observatory, France

2008 – 2013: Doctoral student, School of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences, University of New South Wales, Australia


Selected publications:

- Thomy J et al. (2021) Combining Nanopore and Illumina sequencing permits detailed analysis of insertion mutations and structural variations produced by PEG-mediated transformation in Ostreococcus tauri. Cells 10:664.

- Yau S et al. (2020) Virus–host coexistence in phytoplankton through the genomic lens. Science Advances 6:eaay2587.

- Yau S et al (2020) Mantoniella beaufortii and Mantoniella baffinensis sp. nov. (Mamiellales, Mamiellophyceae), two new green algal species from the high Arctic. Journal of Phycology 56:37–51.

- Yau S et al. (2018) Rapidity of genomic adaptations to Prasinovirus infection in a marine microalga. Viruses 10(8):441.

- Derelle E et al. (2018) Prasinovirus attack of Ostreococcus is furtive by day and savage by night. Journal of Virology. 92(4):e01703–17.

- Yau S et al. (2016) A viral immunity chromosome in the marine picoeukaryote, Ostreococcus tauri. PLoS Pathogens 12:e1005965. 

- Yau S et al. (2011) Virophage control of Antarctic algal host–virus dynamics. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 108:6163–6168.

Complete publication list here


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