Benjamin Roche

Research Director




Benjamin Roche is a Research Director at the French National Institute for sustainable Development (IRD), as well as an associate professor at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). After graduate studies in computing sciences (Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers, Paris) and in Biomathematics (University Pierre and Marie Curie, Paris), he has completed his Ph.D. in ecology and evolutionary biology in 2008 from the University of Montpellier (France) and got his Habilitation to Supervize Research (HDR) in Medicine and Public Health in 2017 (University Pierre and Marie Curie, Paris). He has carried out his postdoctoral studies at the University of Georgia (Athens, GA) and Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI), has been an associate researcher at the Ecole Normale Supérieure, is affiliated to the Research Unit Infectious Diseases and Vectors: Ecology, Genetics, Evolution and Control (MIVEGEC), and is the co-director of the Centre for Ecological and Evolutionary Research on Cancer (CREEC). He is the “One Health” scientific advisor of the CEO of the IRD and has been an IPBES expert during the workshop "Biodiversity and pandemics". His research is focusing on understanding what key inter-disciplinary insights can be gleaned from bringing together the fields of evolutionary ecology and public health. To do so, he has studied how host and pathogen diversity may affect infectious disease transmission and may lead to zoonotic diseases emergence. To this extent, he is also conducting field research to characterize how environmental protection may risk this emergence probability. Finally, he has also worked to understand the interactions between ecological and societal processes in pathogen propagation. While deeply rooted in fundamental research, these projects also offer translational opportunities that are investigated to improve public health strategies, especially against vector-borne diseases in European and low-income countries. The unifying goal for all these research projects is to gain a better understanding of, and ideally find ways to help improve, public health strategies, especially in low-income countries. He has authored more than 100 articles in international journals (The Lancet, Ecology Letters, PLoS Biology, PNAS, PLoS Pathogens, Trends in Parasitology, eLife, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society among others), edited 3 books and has been invited more than 40 times to give communications in national and international conferences.

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Research/Topics of Interest

Agent-based models
Apply models to public health
Compartmental models
Decision models
Phylogenetic models
Public health application of models
Public health policy/interventions

Pathogens/Diseases of Main Interest/Expertise

Neglected tropical diseases
Vector-borne diseases

Countries of Work/Collaboration

United States
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