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Dr. Melanie Body, PhD

melaniebody Department of Environmental Sciences
3001G Bowman-Oddy Laboratories
2801 West Bancroft Street
University of Toledo
Toledo, OH 43606, USA
+1 (419) 530-1517

Curriculum vitae
Hometown: Tours (37), France
Major: Insect sciences
Project in the lab: Galls project

Research Interests

Plant manipulation by endophagous organisms, Insect ecology physiology, Behavior, Biochemistry, Microscopy, Technical procedure development


My PhD research project at the Institut de Recherche sur la Biologie de l’Insecte (Tours, France) aimed at studying plant physiological manipulations induced by endophagous insects, their underlying mechanisms (nutrient characterization, gene expression) and their ecological / evolutionary consequences. I worked on the system Malus domestica (Rosaceae) / Phyllonorycter blancardella (Lepidoptera: Gracillariidae) but the role of insect endosymbionts in the host-plant manipulation has also been investigated.

Melanie - Illustration 1 Mine

Recently, I have taken a new position as Post-Doc Fellow in Schultz-Appel lab (Columbia MO, USA) where our general focus is on the chemical ecology of plant-insect interactions in an environmental context. We investigate the underlying mechanisms (gene expression and chemical communication) involved in gall induction in the system Vitis riparia (Vitaceae) / Daktulosphaira vitifoliae (Hemiptera: Phylloxeridae).

Melanie - Illustration 2 Gall

Education and Positions

Postdoctoral fellow (2014-2017)
Underlying mechanisms involved in gall induction
Supervisor: Dr. Jack C. Schultz and Dr. Heidi Appel
Laboratory: Christopher S. Bond Life Sciences Center, University of Missouri, Columbia MO, USA

Teaching assistant (2012-2014)
CNU Section #68 “Organism Biology”
University: Université François Rabelais, Tours, France

PhD degree (2009-2013)
Plant manipulation by endophagous organisms: physiological mechanisms, signaling and nutritional consequences in a leaf-miner insect
Supervisor: Dr. David Giron
Laboratory: Institut de Recherche sur la Biologie de l’Insecte (IRBI), UMR 7261 CNRS – Université de Tours, France

Master degree (2007-2009)
2nd year: Insect Sciences
1st year: Population Biology (Option behavioural ecology, quantitative ecology and evolutive genetic)
University: Université François Rabelais, Tours, France

Bachelor degree (2003-2007)
Integrative and Evolutive Biology (Option behavioural ecology, genetic, ecology)
University: Université François Rabelais, Tours, France