Gilles Foucras serves presently as a Professor of cattle medicine at the National Veterinary College in Toulouse. He received his degree of Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.) from National Veterinary College of Toulouse in 1993, and earned a Ph.D. degree in immunology from University of Toulouse in 2000. After completing a postdoctoral fellowship at the Laboratory of Immunology in the group of William E. Paul at NIH (Bethesda, MD), he joined the Department for Breedings and Products-Veterinary Public Health at the National Veterinary College in Toulouse. G. Foucras serves as a Diplomat of the European College of Bovine Health Management since 2007. He serves as the Head of a research group exploring the immune mechanisms of resistance to infectious diseases, as part of a Joint Research Unit (JRU 1225, Host-Pathogen Interactions) between INRA and National Veterinary College in Toulouse. He is mainly interested in immune defences against bacteria such as Staphylococcus, at the cellular (in particular neutrophils and dendritic cells) and molecular levels. His current work aims at identifying mechanisms of the protective response that are under genetic control using functional genomics, for the general improvement of ruminant health, and in particular the mammary gland.
Biography Updated on 8 February 2011