Wakinyan Benhamou

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Wakinyan Benhamou

Doctorant - Université de Montpellier
CEFE (UMR 5175) - Campus du CNRS, 1919 route de Mende

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I’m a 3rd year Ph.D student in the EEE team under the supervision of Sylvain Gandon.

Work interest

I am interested in the evolution of microorganisms and particularly virus (and ‘particularly-er’ phages as they are a great experimental model). I have started my PhD with the analysis of experiments of coevolution between CRISPR-resistant bacteria and phages. With sequencing, the coevolutionary dynamics can be fully described and we described the interplay between the coevolution and the competition between hosts. Later in my PhD I have started a theoretical project on the evolution of pathogen transmission rate in an epidemiological SI model, which has later extended to both transmission rate and virulence. We use this model to explore the possibility of lethal mutagenesis in viruses and the feedback of epidemiology on evolutionary dynamics.


I am passionate about teaching and really enjoy teaching math classes to an audience of biology students who are not usually very enthusiastic about it. I have been teaching at the University of Montpellier for the last 3 years. I’ve had students all the way from first year of Bachelor (Licence 1) to the last year of Master’s Degree (Master 2). I have been teaching exclusively statistics and modeling in the Biology department, and a single algebra class in the Chemistry department.


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