Professor Hilde De Reuse - head of the Microbiology Department at the Institut Pasteur in Paris, France
Hilde DE REUSE was born in Leuven in 1959. Her family moved to France where Hilde pursued her university studies at the Pierre et Marie Curie University in Paris. She obtained a doctorate of science in 1984 and was soon integrated as a researcher at the Institut Pasteur in Paris where she pursued a remarkable career. Her research in the field of microbiology has enabled her to acquire, over the years, an important visibility in France and internationally. Since 2008, she has been head of a research unit at the Institut Pasteur. In 2014, she was appointed head of the Microbiology Department (140 people) where she contributes to its development, dynamism and outreach.
Her work on the Helicobacter pylori bacterium allowed her to acquire, due to their solidity and originality, a strong recognition of her peers. The helicobacter pylori chronically colonizes the stomach of half of the world’s population and causes ulcers and gastric cancers that kill nearly a million people worldwide annually. The research of her team aims to understand the properties that allow Helicobacter pylori to colonize the stomach and to cause there lesions. Her aim is to develop innovative research projects with a team while transmitting her knowledge and her passion for research.
Hilde makes it a point of honor not to be “a scientist in an ivory tower”. She participates in short films and “general public” oriented lectures, which always lead to passionate and exciting debates. Her research is both fundamental and translational (with medical applications) in particular to fight against the resistance of bacteria to antibiotics and to prevent gastric cancer.