I am a researcher at the Aquaculture Laboratory of the National Institute of Sciences and Technologies of the Sea; Tunisia (INSTM). Specialist in molecular virology of aquatic organisms and the marine environment. In Our laboratory we master the detection of enteric viruses in particular noroviruses and the Hepatitis A virus according to the ISO 15216-1 technique; in samples of the marine environment; especially bivalve molluscs. We have in the laboratory a database and biological material (Shell tissue; Genomic RNAs ...) of several years. I am looking to integrate a consortium from countries bordering the Mediterranean working on virology de l'environnement. I am looking to join a consortium of countries bordering the Mediterranean working on the virology of the environment (Monitoring and assessment of risks to the aquatic ecosystem, the environment and human health; Development of suitable indicator sets of established parameters for monitoring treatment processes; and/or)
We offer our expertise in the following fields:
1. Detection and characterization of the spread of emerging pollutants and pathogens such as viruses from different sources (sediment; water; molluscs) using new technologies (PCR, real-time PCR, genotyping, sequencing) that leads to impacts and risks on the aquatic ecosystem, environment and human health;
2. Description of the transformation of such pathogens and their effects when entering the different aquatic systems and accumulating in the food chain;
And we are looking to cooperate with research teams working on at least one of the themes (1; 2 and 3) of this call.
Our Institute is under the supervision of the Ministry of Agriculture. Among the research activities of the aquaculture laboratory; research of pathogens and microbiological pollutants in aquatic organisms and the environment, in particular viruses. We have the essential scientific equipments for a molecular virology laboratory. Our laboratory is involved in the national network for monitoring the sanitary and zoo-sanitary quality of bivalve molluscs.