‌Nicolas F. Durand


Lab Affiliation: Wilson Lab
253 Cox Science Center
E-mail: nfdurand@bio.miami.edu


  • 2015-present: Postdoctoral Associate, University of Miami

    2012-2014: Teaching and Research Assistant, Department of Sensory Ecology, Institute of Ecology and Environmental Sciences of Paris, Pierre and Marie Curie University

    2011-2012: Research Assistant, Invasive Insect Biocontrol and Behavior Laboratory, USDA-ARS, Beltsville Agricultural Research Center,

    2010: Ph.D.  Pierre and Marie Curie University (Paris, France), Physiology and Physiopathology

    2007: M.S. University of Orleans (France), Terrestrial Ecosystems and Human Action 2006-2007: Research trainee, Superior Institute of Agronomy of Lisbon (Portugal)


  •  Ecology, Physiology


I am broadly interested in insect ecology and physiology. My researches focus on both intra- and interspecific interactions, such as insect-host and insect-bacterial endosymbiont relationships. I look at implicated physiological processes and identify the underlying molecular mechanisms through functional characterization of insect proteins. Using in combination genomic tools and phylogenetic reconstructions, I study the evolution of insect transporters and enzymes..


  • Bohbot J.B., Durand N.F., Vinyard B.T. and Dickens J.C. 2013. Functional Development of the Octenol Response in Aedes aegypti. Frontiers in Physiology 4(39)


    Chertemps T., François A., Durand N., Rosell G., Dekker T., Lucas P. and Maïbèche-Coisne M. 2012. A carboxylesterase, Esterase-6, modulates sensory physiological and behavioural response dynamics to pheromone in Drosophila. BMC Biology 10(56)


    Durand N., Carot-Sans G., Bozzolan F., Rosell G., Siaussat D., Debernard S., Chertemps T. and Maïbèche-Coisne M. 2011. Degradation of pheromone and plant volatile components by a same odorant-degrading enzyme in the cotton leafworm, Spodoptera littoralis. PLoS One 6(12): e29147


    Durand N., Carot-Sans G., Chertemps T., Montagné N., Jacquin-Joly E., Debernard S., Maïbèche-Coisne M. 2010. A diversity of putative carboxylesterases are expressed in the antennae of the noctuid moth Spodoptera littoralis. Insect Mol Biol. 19(1): 87-97