Former staff

Environmental biogeochemistry and ecotoxicology

Mr Sébastien Guilmot
Former collaborator - PhD Student


Former staff at the Department F.-A. Forel for environmental
and aquatic sciences


Since October 2016 PhD Student at the the Department F.-A. Forel for environmental and aquatic sciences (DEFSE), University of Geneva, Switzerland
January - July 2016 Internship at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville (UTK), TN, USA

Project: "Roseobacter : Role on iron uptake and lability through siderophore’s production in the subsurface ocean"

  • Culture of a Roseobacter: Ruegeria pomeroyi DSS3 mutant library, siderophore's extraction and characterization from those mutants.
  • Monitoring of targeted metal uptake genes expression of DSS3 during a co-culture with the diatom Asterionellopsis glacialis
April - September 2015
Internship at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), IL, USA.

Project: "Effects of tillage and cover crops on weed suppression, soil microbial communities and nitrogen availability"

  • Field and lab work on soils with different cover crop treatments in order to assess the change in soil microbial communities and the effect on weed suppression.
  • Management of a small team of students for soil samplings, bioassays on seeds, DNA extraction and data analysis.
April - June 2012  
Internship at the "Institut de Recerca I Tecnologia Agroalimentàries" (IRTA), Spain.

Project: “Determination of the dinoflagellate Karlodinium spp toxicity using a cell bioassay on 2 different strains (N2a and MCF-7)”

  • Work with a PhD student developing a new identification method to detect toxic microalgae, based on the cancerous cells’ reaction to the different kinds of toxins
Summer 2012 to 2014 Scuba diving instructor in a scuba diving club in Argelès/mer, France


  • Commitment to sharing a passion and knowledge of the marine environment



09/2014 to present 
  • Master’s degree in Environmental Microbiology (pending successful completion of the final internship), University of Pau (UPPA,) France

Main subjects: Microbiology, Microbial ecology, Bioinformatics, Molecular biology, Environmental and analytical chemistry, Toxycology and Exotoxicology

  • Bachelor’s degree in microbiology, molecular and cellular biology (cum laude), University of Pau (UPPA) France

Main subjects: Microbiology, Analytical chemistry, Biochemistry, Molecular biology, Genetics, Virology.

  • Two-year university degree in technology (DUT) in Biological engineering specialized in Environment engineering (cum laude), University of Perpignan (UPVD) France

Main subjects: Ecology and Chemistry (aquatic and microbial), Waste and Water Management



French: Mother tongue

English: TOEIC B2 level 940/990 (April 2015), member of the association with American students (USAC)

Japanese:  Hiragana and Katakana comprehension, basic oral comprehension skills
Computing skills  BLAST, R, mothur , CLC


Sports  Scuba diver for 12 years, instructor (CMAS 1 star) for 4 years, swimming, hiking
Leisure  Reading (Science fiction and thrillers) / Travelling (Japan, Vietnam…)
Vehicles  Full driving license with clean record /  Boat license