Researcher CNRS

Aurélie Chambouvet

Molecular ecologist, I am focusing on function and diversity of parasitic protists infecting metazoan hosts, in order to assess their ecological relevance and impact on ecosystem dynamics in the context of environmental change.



  • ANR JCJC PANIC (2022-26, PI: A. Chambouvet)
    Diversity and role of the pathobiome in infection by an invasive parasitic protist in clam populations, European consortium of 5 institutes
  • EC2CO-Microbien CNRS Project (2020-22, PI: A. Chambouvet)

        Ecological role of Thraustochytrids (Stramenopiles) associated to bivalve populations

  • Project "Région Bretagne" SAD (2019-21, PI: A. Chambouvet)

        Phenotypic plasticity of the exotic parasitic species Perkinsus olseni in Bay of Brest

  • ANR hosting high-level researchers (ACHN) (2016-20, PI: A. Chambouvet)

        Functional ecology of parasitic protists in benthic ecosystems, European consortium of 5            institutes



  • Diversity and ecology of aquatic parasites
  • Functional ecology of parasitic protist of metazoan hosts



  1. Itoiz S, Metz S, Derelle E, Reñé A, Garcés E, Bass D, Soudant P and Chambouvet A (2022) Emerging parasitic protists: the case of Perkinsea. Front. Microbiol
  2. Metz S, Huber P, Accattatis V, Santos A, Bigeard E, Unrein F, Chambouvet A, Not F, Lara E, Devercelli M (2021) Freshwater protists: unveiling the unexplored in a large floodplain system Env. Microbiol.
  3. Itoiz S, Perennou, M, Mouronvalle C, Derelle E, Le Goïc N, Bidault A, de Montaudouin X, Arzul I,  Soudant P*, Chambouvet A* (2021) Development of duplex TaqMan-based real-time PCR assay for the simultaneous detection of Perkinsus olseni and P. chesapeaki in host Manila clam tissue samples. J. Invertebrat. Pathol. 107603
  4. Smilansky V, Jirků M, Milner DS, Ibáñez R, Gratwicke B, Nicholls A, Chambouvet A, Lukeš J, Richards TA (2021) Expanded geographic and host range of Perkinsea infections of tadpoles. Biol. Let. 17  (6), 20210166
  5. Smilansky V, Chambouvet  A, Reeves M, Richards TA & Milner DS (2021) A novel duplex qPCR assay for stepwise detection of multiple Perkinsea protistan infections of amphibians tissue. Royal society open science Roy. Open Sci. 8(3), 202150
  6. Reñé A, Alacid E, Gallisai R, Chambouvet A, Fernández-Valero AD, Garcés E (2021) New Perkinsea parasitoids of dinoflagellates distantly related to Parviluciferaceae members. Front. Microbiol. 2199
  7. Chambouvet A., Smilansky V., Jirků M., Isidoro-Ayza M., Derelle E., Itoiz S. , Monier A., Gower D., Wilkinson M., Yabsley M., Lukeš J. & Richards T.A. Diverse alveolate infections of tadpoles, a new threat to frogs and toads? (2020) PLoS Path. 16(2): e1008107.
  8. Chambouvet A., Monier A., Maguire F., Itoïz S., del Campo J., Elies P., Edvardsen B., Eikreim W., Richards T.A.(2019) Intracellular infection of diverse diatom by an evolutionary distinct relative of the Fungi. Curr. Biol. 29(23):4093-4101
  9. Isidoro-Ayza M., Grear D.A., Chambouvet A. (2019) Pathology and case definition of severe Perkinsea infection of frogs Vet. Path. 56(1):133-142
  10. Gleason, F.H., Nagarkar M., Chambouvet A., Guillou L. (2019) A review of the characteristics of the dinoflagellate parasite Ichthyodinium chabelardi and its potential effect on fin fish populations. Mar. Fresh. Res. 70(9) 1307-1316
  11. Monier A., Chambouvet A., Milner S.D., Attah V., Terrado R., Lovejoy C., Moreau H., Santoro A.E., Derelle E., Richards T.A. (2017) A host-derived viral transporter protein for fixed nitrogen uptake in marine phytoplankton Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. USA 114(36):E7489-E7498