Ophélie Gervais [Alumni]

Robledo Group, Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Current research

Ophélie Gervais

I am currently working on genetic resistance of the Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) to Infectious Salmon Anaemia virus (ISAV). In order to understand the heterogeneous cell response to infectious agents, I am developing single cell RNA-seq technique with various tissue in salmon.


Favourite aquaculture species 

All species that taste good but particularly mussels.



I have worked during my PhD on the involvement of the apoptosis pathway in flat oyster (Ostrea edulis) during an infection by a protozoan parasite (Bonamia ostreae). I developed cellular and molecular techniques in order to follow modulation of the apoptosis pathway in both species.

After my PhD, I worked on understanding relationships between protist and infectious agents (OsHV-1, B. ostreae and Marteilia refringens) during an infection in oyster (Crassostrea gigas and O. edulis) using metabarcoding.

  • [2007 – 2011]       Undergraduate studies (Cellular and molecular biology, Université d’Orléans)
  • [2011 – 2013]       Masters degree (Biology, Biochemistry and Biotechnology, Université d’Orléans)
  • [2013 – 2016]       PhD Student (Ifremer)
  • [2018]                     Postdoctoral researcher (Ifremer)
  • [2019 – 2022]      Core scientist (the Roslin Institute).


Interests, hopes and dreams

In my free time, I like baking and trying new recipes with good music on in the background.