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Principal Investigator

Dr. M. (Mathilde) Richard


Assistant Professor

  • Department
  • Viroscience




Mathilde Richard (1985) is a biochemist engineer and molecular virologist. She completed her PhD in 2010 in France under the supervision of Prof. Bruno Lina studying the resistance of influenza A viruses to neuraminidase inhibitors. She then integrated the Viroscience Department for her post-doctoral studies, which have focused on the pathogenesis, virulence and transmissibility of influenza A viruses, with special emphasis on genetic and phenotypic viral factors involved in the emergence of new pandemics. Since 2018, she is an assistant professor at the Viroscience Department


Field(s) of expertise

Molecular Biology and Evolution

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Teaching activities

  • 2020 Virology course for PhD students. Date is pending.
  • 2018-present, Minor in Biomedical Research in Practice (BRiP) for for third-year medical students, students from clinical technology and from university college. Topic: “Zoonoses and Pandemics”.
  • 2016-present, Infection and Immunity. Master year 1 and 2. Erasmus MC, Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Topics: “Animal models in influenza” and “Influenza viruses”
  • 2015-2016, Micro- and Immunobiology. Bachelor. Erasmus University College, Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Topic: “Zoonoses and pandemics”.
  • 2015-2018, Postgraduate School Molecular Medicine Course, ErasmusMC. Topic: “Infections and host responses”.
    2007-2010, Biological engineering. Bachelor. Institut Universitaire Technique A. University Claude Bernard Lyon 1. Lyon, France. Topics : Microbiology, Cellular Biology, Histology, Biochemistry.

Other positions

  • Academic Editor of PLOS One
  • Guest editor of a Research topic for Frontiers in Microbiology on “RNA virus polymerases: forming bonds and balancing errors” together with Dr. Aartjan te Velthuis (https://www.frontiersin.org/research-topics/8521/rna-virus-polymerases-forming-bonds-and-balancing-errors).
  • Frequent reviewer for PLOS One, Virology Journal, Scientific reports, Vaccine, Journal of Medical Virology, Emerging Infection & Microbes, Veterinary Microbiology, Viruses, Frontiers in Microbiology, Journal of Virology and Cell reports.

Scholarships, grants, and awards


  • 2017-2022. Delta-Flu consortium (Horizon2020 program). Dynamics of avian influenza in poultry and other host species. PI. EUR 593.750
  • 2018-2021. Centers of Excellence for Influenza Research and Surveillance (CEIRS). NIH/NIAID. pilot project on the genesis and pathogenesis of highly pathogenic avian influenza A viruses in avian species. PI. USD 400.000.
  • 2014-2021. Centers of Excellence for Influenza Research and Surveillance (CEIRS). NIH/NIAID. Pathogenesis and transmission of influenza viruses. Co-PI. USD 4.000.000.
  • 2015-2021. Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA). Development of vaccination strategies to protect against a potential H5 pandemic. Co-PI. USD 3.200.000.


  • 2016. Van Goghprogramma (EP-Nuffic). Grant accorded to cover travel expenses when visiting collaborators at a French institute as part of the collaboration with Dr. Sascha Trapp. EUR 2.000.
  • 2014. Travel award.To attend the 5th ESWI conference awarded by the European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ESCMID). EUR 850.
  • 2013. Award for best publication Awarded by the Erasmus Postgraduate school Molecular Medicine for Richard et al. Nature 2013 (PMID: 23925116). EUR 1.000.
  • 2012. Travel award. To attend the 6th Orthomyxovirus Research Conference awarded by ESWI. EUR 488.
  • 2012. EUR-fellowship. Grant awarded by the ErasmusMC for researchers who submitted an admissible proposal for an NWO Veni, but who did not receive funding for budgetary reasons, in spite of receiving a good evaluation. EUR 7.000.
  • 2011. Centers of Excellence for Influenza Research and Surveillance (CEIRS). NIH/NIAID. Co-PI with Prof. Fouchier of a pilot project on the “Genesis of highly pathogenic avian influenza viruses”. USD 350.000.
  • 2007-2010. Fellowship for PhD position. Grant awarded for 3 years by the French ministry of Education and Research to perform PhD research. Top 5%. EUR 60.000.
  • 2007-2010. Grant for teaching. Grant awarded for 3 years by the French ministry of Education and Research to perform teaching activities during the PhD research (Moniteur de l’Enseignement supérieur). Top 5%. EUR 12.000.
  • 2006. Merit Grant. Grant awarded by the French ministry of Education and Research to perform Master studies. Top 5%. EUR 4.000.
  • 2005. Travel grant. To study at the University of Concordia, Montreal, Canada awarded by the French ministry of Education and Research. EUR 2.400.


  • Dr. Aartjan te Velthuis (University of Cambridge, UK)
  • Dr. David Bauer (Francis Crick Institute, UK)
  • Dr. Anice Lowen (Emory University of School of Medicine, USA)
  • Dr. Chris Mok (Hong-Kong University Pasteur Research Pole, China)
  • Dr. Sascha Trapp (University of Tours, France)
  • Dr. Kirsty Short (University of Queensland, Australia)
  • Prof. Nynke Dekker (Delft University of Technology, Netherlands)
  • Prof. Yoshiro Kawaoka and Dr. Gabriel Neumann (University of Winsconsin, USA)
  • Prof. Derek Smith (University of Cambridge, UK)
  • Dr. El-Sayed M. Abd El-Whab (Friedrich-Loeffler-Institute, Germany)

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