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Ghalia Kaci (INRA), a PhD student granted the MetahIT project, under the scientific supervision of Christine Delorme and Hervé Blottière in BAC team (P. Renault). She develops bacteria-host interaction studies based on cellular models for inflammatory response. For this purpose, tests are carried out with commensal strains modulating cellular factors involved in inflammation. Bacterial genes involved in immunomodulation are then characterized and their occurence searched in metagenomic data. These models are expected to increase functional knowledge of the potential effect of microbiota on inflammatory diseases such as IBD.

Prof. Karsten Kristiansen (KU) is a molecular biologist with a background in protein chemistry and mass spectrometry and expertise in nuclear receptors and the role of macronutrients in adipocyte development and function. He was head of the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology department from 1992 to 2005 at Syddansk University. He is co-founder and CEO of BioLigands, Ltd.