Professor in LCSNA – University of Reunion Island
Faculté des Sciences et Technologies, Université de la Réunion,
15 Avenue René Cassin, BP 7151, 97 715 Saint Denis Messag. Cedex,
Ile de la Réunion, France
Phone. +262 (0)262 938 197
UNIVERSITY OF REUNION ISLAND
The University of Reunion Island is a French public higher education and research institution, located in the heart of the Indian Ocean, one of Europe’s outermost regions, off the east coast of Africa close to Madagascar. By virtue of its unique geostrategic position it is the only European university in the region. 12 000 students are admitted every year at six sites. Through its research, international influence, range of courses on offer and student living conditions, the University of Reunion Island has many advantages that enable it to play a key role as an interface between Europe and the Indian Ocean. The University of Reunion Island is composed of 5 Faculties (Law & Economics, Science & Technology, Arts & Humanities, and Human Sciences & Environment, Health), 3 Institutes (1 in Education Sciences, 1 Business School and 1 Institute of Technology) one Observatory of Sciences of the Universe, one School of Engineering Reunion Indian Ocean. The University is composed also of and 4 technological plateforms and 19 advanced research laboratories among which the Chemistry Laboratory of Natural Substances and Food Sciences (LCSNSA).
The Chemistry Laboratory of Natural Substances and Food Sciences (LCSNSA)
The research topic of this academic laboratory is the chemical and microbiological valorization of natural resources from the south west part of Indian Ocean. “Natural resources” includes not only the biodiversity (aromatic and medicinal plants, marine invertebrates and micro-organisms), but also the products and co-products from the local agricultural industry. The main objective of the research is to discover molecules of interest in several areas: Pharmacology, Cosmetics, Perfumery, Aromas, Colouring agents, Environment, Bioenergy and Chemical Ecology. The group is therefore well experienced in natural product chemistry and will bring its expertise in (1) marine invertebrates and symbionts collection, (2) chemical profiling by the use of metabolomics technics, (3) isolation and identification of micro-organisms, (4) isolation and identification of bioactive molecules from marine invertebrates and their associated micro-organisms, (5) biological evaluation (antioxidant activity).
The privileged location of the LCSNSA at Reunion Island provides an access to exceptional marine biodiversity hotspots in the Indian Ocean western part: the Comoros, Mauritius, Madagascar, Mayotte and Iles Eparses. The project TASCMAR with all its facilities and expertise will enable the LCSNSA to continue to explore this biodiversity for biotechnological applications through the valorization of identified compounds and their biological activities.
The University of Réunion Island will play a key role in Work Package 1 (the management and collection of bio-resources) and Work Package 2 (chemical investigations) and will also contribute to Work Package 8.