L’Institut Pasteur de Tunis

Institut de recherche en santé publique, l’Institut Pasteur de Tunis œuvre pour la compréhension des processus pathogéniques impliqués dans les maladies infectieuses, les déficits d’ordre génétique, ainsi que les troubles liés à l’envenimation. Il développe et produit des vaccins et des outils diagnostiques adaptés aux problèmes de santé publique en Tunisie. Egalement établissement public de santé, il a pour vocation la vaccination destinée aux voyageurs ainsi que le traitement antirabique. Il réalise et centralise les prélèvements à destination de ces différents laboratoires d’analyses biomédicales.

Façade IPT

Acteur primordial de la santé publique en Tunisie, il établit des partenariats réguliers avec des institutions de recherche nationales et internationales.

Adresse:

13, place Pasteur, B.P. 74
1002 Tunis, Belvédère Tunisie

Email: contact@pasteur.rns.tn
Téléphone: 216 71 843 755
Fax: 216 71 791 833

 

Membres du Projet RESTUS IPT

 

Hechmi Louzir
 Hechmi Louzir Professeur, Directeur Général de l’IPT

 

e-mail: hechmi.louzir@pasteur.rns.tn

Autorité bénéficiaire
Education and Degrees

Medical Doctorate (1986) Tunis School of Medicine, University of Tunis, Tunisia.

Resident (1986-1989) Tunis School of Medicine, University of Tunis, Tunisia and Institut Pasteur, Paris, France.

 

Professional Career

After spending several years as research assistant in the Laboratory of Prof. Avrames at Institut Pasteur, Paris, he came back to Tunisia and joined the Institut Pasteur de Tunis as Assistant Prof. in 1989, Associate Prof. in 1994 and Full Prof. of Immunology in 2004, working on research programs on leishmaniasis. He has extensive experience on the immunology of human leishmaniasis, mainly oriented to the analysis of human correlates of protection and vaccine development. He supervised more than 40 Master and PhD students.

 

Present Status

Full Professor of Immunology at Faculty of Medicine of Tunis, Head of the Department of Immunology.
Director General of Institut Pasteur de Tunis (since 2007).

 

Research Areas

Infectious diseases (i.e., leishmaniasis), Autoimmune diseases, Vaccine development, Host-Pathogen interactions.

 

Other Present Activities (Selected)

Member of Editorial Board, PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases (PLoS NTDs).

Co founder Member of the Tunisian Society of Immunology.

Elected Member of the executive Board of Institut Pasteur International Network

Coordinator of the MATI (Morocco, Algeria, Tunis, Iran) Regional Network of Institut Pasteur

 

 

Ali Bouattour
 Ali Bouattour Biologiste principal,

Dr. Ali Bouattour, DVM, PhD

Head of Medical Entomology Laboratory

 

Institut Pasteur de Tunis

e-mail: ali.bouattour@pasteur.rns.tn

Coordinateur du projet Restus
Dr. Bouattour currently serves as the Head of the Medical Entomology Laboratory at the Pasteur Institute, Ministry of Health, in Tunisia. Previously, he served as the Head of the Parasitology Laboratory for the Veterinary Institute, Ministry of Agriculture Tunisia (1982-1991).

 

In addition to a Bachelors degree in the Sciences, Mr. Bouattour earned his DVM in Veterinary Medicine from the Veterinary School of Tunis (1981), M.S. in Ecology Parasitology, PhD in Vector Entomology from the Faculty of Sciences Tunis, and HDR in Vector and Vector-Borne Diseases from Pasteur Institute.

His research interest includes medical entomology, particularly Mosquitoes, ticks and flea and epidemiological studies of tick-borne diseases. He is involved in national research programs run at the Institut Pasteur de Tunis and in international and regional consortia on ticks, mosquitoes and arboviroses.

 

His professional service activities include Coordination of the training mission of IPT. He is also Senior Lecturer in Arthropod Vectors and Vector-Borne Diseases at Faculty of Science, Tunis.

He worked as a Scientific Consultant for the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development.

 

Dr. Bouattour has contributed to multiple training programs and scientific events notably the Third African Countries Training program of the IPT-JICA-ATCT. He developed the training module on Scientific writing implemented now in the curriculum of the Life and Earth Sciences of the doctoral school of the University Tunis el Manar.

 

Dr. Bouattour was the 2006 recipient of the North Africa Veterinary Research Prize and has authored numerous peer-reviewed publications.

He is the author of more 50 publications in peer reviewed journals and he supervised more than 40 Msc and PhD students.

 

Youmna M’ghirbi
 Youmna M’ghirbi Assistant professor,

Dr. Youmna Mghirbi, PhD

Laboratory of Medical Entomology

Institut Pasteur de Tunis

e-mail: youmna.mghirbi@pasteur.rns.tn

Technical coordinator (molecular analysis, serological analysis…)
Dr. M’ghirbi was assigned to the Medical Entomology Laboratory of Institut Pasteur de Tunis-TUNISIA as academic assistant professor, since September 2009. Within this laboratory, she take care of epidemiological studies of tick-borne diseases and the development of molecular studies on pathogens transmitted by arthropods especially ticks and fleas.

In addition to Bachelors degree in the Experimental Sciences, Mrs. Mghirbi had her M.S. in Ecology, PhD in Vector Entomology from the Faculty of Sciences Tunis, and M.S. in “Arthropodes Vecteurs et Santé Humaine” from Pasteur Institute of Paris.

 

Her professional cursus include education of immunology module in hight Institute of Sciences Advanced Biotechnologies of Tunis (2007-2008). In addition, she contributed to the teaching of medical entomology and zoonoses modules for masters students (master of “hygiène et sécurité appliqués” and master of “Biologie Fonctionnelle, parcours écologie évolutive, module optionnel: entomologie médicale) and to JICA course in 2012 at Institut Pasteur de Tunis.

 

Dr. M’ghirbi was in 2009 the recipient of the ”Alain Provost” award during the 10th Biennial Conference in Lübeck intitled “One Health One Medicine: Building Bridges to Face the Challenge of Emerging and Zoonotic Diseases”.

 

Adel  Rhim
 Adel  Rhim Entomologist technician

Laboratory of Medical Entomology

Institut Pasteur de Tunis

 

Email: adel.rhaim@pasteur.rns.tn

Taxonomy and ecology of mosquitoes
Early in my career I was in charge of Hygiene Service surveys of mosquito breeding sites in the field and test populations of mosquitoes with insecticides.
Then we worked with the IRD ex ORSTOM, Montpellier on Anopheles Tunisia to study the ecology, taxonomy, and vectorial capacity in the context of a Tunisian-French project.
Between 1992 and 2002 was able to achieve a lot of work in collaboration with IRD Montpellier among the most important: a CD-ROM on mosquitoes of the Mediterranean Africa, a CD-ROM on mosquitoes of Europe, a CD-ROM Photo on insects disease vectors, a CD-ROM that began on sandflies the Mediterranean basin.
There after it was involved in several  entomological investigations  such as leishmaniasis, West Nile disease, ticks, fleas.

 

Fatma Khrouf
 Fatma Khrouf Biological engineer and Phd student

Institut Pasteur de Tunis

 

e-mail: kfatmamail@yahoo.fr

Fleas and Rickettsia infection in Restus
Currently, she is a Phd student in the Medical Entomology Laboratory at the Pasteur Institute, Ministry of Health, in Tunisia.  In addition to a Bachelors degree in the Sciences, Mrs Khrouf earned his engeneer diploma from the National Engineering school Sfax (ENIS) (2008), M.S. in Biotechnology (2008), PhD in Vector Entomology in Pasteur Institute of Tunis (in process).

Research interest includes medical entomology, particularly ticks and flea and epidemiological studies of tick-borne diseases.  She is the author of four publications in peer reviewed journals.

 

Akram Cherif
 Akram Cherif Médecin Vétérinaire Spécialiste en Microbiologie,

Inspecteur Divisionnaire.

Responsable du laboratoire d’Immunologie-Sérologie à l’Institut de la Recherche Vétérinaire de Tunisie

 

e-mail: acherif8587@hotmail.fr

Expert Externe, Epidémiologiste
Médecin Vétérinaire diplômé de l’Ecole Nationale de Médecine Vétérinaire de Sidi Thabet Tunisie. Docteur Vétérinaire en 1980.

Responsable du laboratoire de sérologie de l’IRVT depuis 1981.

Médecin Vétérinaire spécialiste en microbiologie depuis 1990.

Master d’épidémiologie médicale en 1997.

Médecin Inspecteur Régional en 2001 et Inspecteur Divisionnaire depuis 2013.

 

Abdeljelil Ghram
 Abdeljelil Ghram DVM; MS; PhD; Biologist Principal

Head of the Laboratory of Epidemiology and Veterinary Microbiology

 

e-mail : abdeljelil.ghram@pasteur.rns.tn

Animal Virology studies
 

Title: DVM; MS; PhD; Biologist Principal

Head of the Laboratory of Epidemiology and Veterinary Microbiology

 

Areas of research: Infectious diseases, Domestic animals, Poultry: Virology, Epidemiology, Vaccines-vaccination…

 

Expertise in: Field studies; Detection of viral pathogens (cell cultures, classical and molecular techniques…); production and quality control of vaccines …

 

Studies: Bachelor certificate (Baccalauréat)- 1973 – Sciences;

Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine – 1980 – Tunisia

Master of Sciences – 1984 – KSU – USA;

Ph D degree – 1986 – KSU – USA.

 

Emna Fakhfakh
 Emna Fakhfakh Dr.Fakhfakh Emna , PhD

Post Doctoral Biologist at Institute Pasteur of  Tunisia

 

e-mail: emna2fakh@yahoo.fr

Fulltime biologist of molecular analysis of RESTUS composante
Dr. Fakhfakh Emna was assigned to the Medical Entomology Laboratory of Institute Pasteur de Tunis-TUNISIA as post-doctoral contract, since October 2014.  Within this laboratory, she take care  of molecular biology analysis fulltime.

In addition to Bachelors degree in the Experimental Sciences,  Mrs. Fakhfakh had her Master in Biochemistry from Pasteur Institute of Tunisia and PhD in Genetic from the Faculty of Medicine of Tunisia. Her professional cursus include contribution of coaching of two students in Master in 2009 and 2010 at Medicine Faculty of Tunis.

 

Marwa Beji
 Marwa Beji Phd student

Institut Pasteur de Tunis

 

e-mail: bejimarwa@gmail.com

Study of mosquitoes fauna and their distribution
Currently, she is a Phd student in the Medical Entomology Laboratory at the Pasteur Institute, Ministry of Health, in Tunisia.  In addition to a Bachelors degree in mathematics, Mrs Beji earned his license diploma from the Higher Institute of Biotechnology of Sidi Thebet (ISBST) (2010), Master degree in Microbiology (2012) from the Faculty of Sciences of Tunis (FST), PhD in Vector Entomology in Pasteur Institute of Tunis (in process).

Research interest includes medical entomology, particularly mosquitoes and the distribution of the Wolbachia bacteria.  She is the author of a publication in Molecular Ecology journal.

 

Saba Zouari
 Saba Zouari Phd student

Laboratory of Medical Entomology

Institute Pasteur of Tunis

e-mail: zouarisaba@gmail.com

Study of bartonelloses:

*Molecular characterization of Bartonella in fleas and ticks.

*Molecular and serological detection of Bartonella in pets.

Currently, she is a Phd student in the Medical Entomology Laboratory at the Pasteur Institute, Ministry of Health, in Tunisia.  In addition to a Bachelor’s degree in the Sciences, Mrs Zouari obtained  his license diploma from  the faculty of sciences of Bizerte (2011), Master’s degree in biological sciences (functional and molecular regulation) from the faculty of sciences of Bizerte (2013), PhD in Vector Entomology in Pasteur Institute of Tunis (in process). Her research works is  focused on the study of bartonelloses in Tunisia: identification and characterization of Bartonella species in vectors (fleas and ticks) and the role of pets as reservoirs

 

Chaima Bensaoud
 Chaima Bensaoud Phd student

Laboratory of Medical Entomology

Institute Pasteur of Tunis

 

e-mail: bensaoud.chaima@gmail.com

Study of bartonelloses:

*Molecular characterization of Bartonella in fleas and ticks.

*Molecular and serological detection of Bartonella in pets.

She is a PhD student in the Medical Entomology Laboratory at the Pasteur Institute, in Tunisia.  Mrs BENSAOUD has a Bachelor degree in Experimental Sciences (2007), a licence in Biology from biotechnology institute of Monastir (2010) and a master degree in biochemistry   from Faculty of sciences in Tunis (2013).

Her work is focused on the study and the characterization of bioactive molecules from Ticks salivary glands.

 

Hichem Ben Hussine
 Hichem Ben Hussine Assistant de l’enseignement supérieur

Responsable de la communication de l’Institut Pasteur de Tunis

 

Communication (web site, ….)
He began to work at IPT in May 2009 as a communication officer. His mission is to enhance the activities of the Institute. This includes in the organization of scientific and social events, make communication materials, handling of relations with the press, with the supervisory authorities and with the Institut Pasteur International Network, provide advice on communication, participate in the drafting and communication of institutional projects. Before joining Institut Pasteur de Tunis, he has worked at the CNRS (National Center of Scientific Research) in Lyon (France) for two years, where he were also a communication officer in the communication between Science and Society especially in working with schools. He holds a Master in Science of information and communication and a Master in Communication of Public Institutions.

 

Ali Abdelhamid
 Profil Programmeur

 

Suivi des commandes et gestion
Je suis recruté à l’IPT depuis août 1990 en qualité de programmeur et ce au sein du laboratoire d’épidémiologie et d’écologie parasitaire (projet financé par l’OMS).

 

Ensuite,  je suis affecté à la bibliothèque pour le développement de la base de gestion des données de la bibliothèque de l’IPT.

 

En 2003, je me suis occupé des statistiques et de la gestion des analyses au service de consultation externe puis de la caisse.

A partir de 2014, j’ai muté au service d’entomologie médicale, j’ai pris en charge une parti du projet RESTUS (suivi des achats et gestion).