Namur Research Pole in Infectiology (NaRePI)

The Namur Research Pole in Infectiology brings together diverse scientific disciplines (i.e. microbiology, veterinary medicine, medicinal chemistry, spatial epidemiology, cell biology....), spread over different UNamur research units, but all working directly or indirectly on infectiology topics. The networking of all these researchers within the Namur Research Pole in Infectiology generates an important potential for multidisciplinary collaborations. An additional asset of the pole is its close connection with the clinical Microbiology laboratory and the Department of Infectious diseases of the CHU UCL Namur - Godinne.


The Namur Research Pole in Infectiology supports research expanding our understanding of fundamental biological processes underlying pathogen infection, as well as advancing diagnosis, treatment and prevention of infectious diseases. Moreover, the pole has a particular emphasis on global public health threats, such as antimicrobial resistance.

Together, the researchers taking part in the Namur Research Pole in Infectiology cover diversified aspects of infectiology, including host-pathogen interactions, veterinary surveillance, virology, bacteriology, organic synthesis of bacterial sugars and enzyme inhibitors, protein crystallography, spatial epidemiology and animal-, tissue- and cell-based infection models.

Research at UNamur
  • Study of bacteria from molecular to cellular bacteriology and their relationship with eukaryotic hosts

DE BOLLE Xavier | Brucella cell cycle and infection

HALLEZ Régis | Bacterial cell cycle and development

LIMA MENDEZ Gipsi | Microbiology, Bioinformatics and Microbial Ecology

MATROULE Jean-Yves | Heavy metals and oxidative stress response

RENZI Francesco | Envelope biogenesis in Bacteroidetes

  • Study of animal infectious diseases and viral genetics (Schmallenberg virus, herpesvirus, bunyavirus,...)

MUYLKENS Benoît | Viral infections at the human-animal interface

  • Study of the APOBEC3 innate immune effectors for their role as antiviral agents but also as oncogenic factors

GILLET Nicolas | Immunity and viruses

  • Use of spatial and integrated approaches to various disease systems, especially vector-borne and zoonotic diseases (e.g. malaria, dengue, avian influenza)

LINARD Catherine | Health geography & Spatial epidemiology

  • Mechanistic and inhibition studies of essential enzymes involved in bacterial cell wall biosynthesis and colonization processes

VINCENT Stéphane | Glycoscience and new drug design

  • Structural and inhibition study of Mycobacterium tuberculosis phosphoserine phosphatase SerB2

WOUTERS Johan | Structural biological chemistry and structure-based drug design

  • Structural study of the membrane protein PcoB and its role in copper metabolism in Caulobacter crescentus

MICHAUX Catherine | Physical chemistry of biomolecules

  • Development and validation of a 3D in vitro skin model for dermatophytosis

POUMAY Yves | Cells and Tissues

  • Study of the crosstalks between mitochondria and intracellular bacterial pathogens

ARNOULD Thierry | Organelle function and dysfunction

Research at CHU UCL Namur, Godinne
  • Development of in vitro diagnostic tools for identification of bacterial species and detection of antibiotic resistance markers
  • Surveillance of antimicrobial resistance and molecular characterization of the mechanisms underlying the resistance phenotype
  • New drug discovery to overcome pan-drug resistant bacteria

HUANG Te-Din | Molecular clinical microbiology

BOGAERTS Pierre | Molecular clinical microbiology

DELAERE Bénédicte | Human infectious diseases

NaRePI annual meetings

Previous meetings:  2022  -  2019  -  2018  -  2017  -  2016 (kick-off meeting)