Following our announcement in February that we were recruiting a new member to the PRI Staff, we are pleased to announce that Dr. Julie Rodriguez (PhD) accepted to join the PRI as our new OMICS Project Manager.

Julie Rodriguez obtained her PhD degree in Physiology, Cellular & Molecular Biology from Montpellier University (France) in 2011. Following a post-doctoral position in Montpellier working on the characterization of satellite cells in COPD patients, she joined the Institute of Neuroscience at UC-Louvain (Belgium) in 2012, where first she worked to identify gut bacterial metabolites for their beneficial properties in muscle health. In 2016 she joined the Louvain Drug Research Institute and coordinated and participated in extensive collaborative research in Pr. Nathalie Delzenne’s lab in the Metabolism & Nutrition research group, where she worked on the GUTTRANSIT, FIBERTAG, and FOOD4GUT projects. One example of this work focused on developing innovative OMICS approaches to identify volatile metabolites following dietary fiber consumption – a novel approach in studying gut microbe/nutrient interactions. Julie’s scientific work can be found in 36 publications and holds 1 patent (pending).

I’m really happy to become a part of the team at the PRI in Narbonne as OMICS Project Manager. Since the early days of my research career, I have been fascinated by microbiome science, notably the role bacterial metabolites play on host physiology. I hope to link my microbiome research experience with the growing efforts to harmonize multi-omics approaches.

Julie is now the project lead for our collaborative work on the EU-project Human Microbiome Action CSA, the PRI OMICS Task Group, and supports PRI Members with their challenges related to analytical methods/OMICS technologies.