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Research interests

  • Population genomics
  • Microbiomes
  • Phenotypic variation and local adaptation
  • Evolution

I am interested in exploring the links between genetics, environment, and even microbes, in the diversification of phenotypes we observe in natural populations.

Current postdoctoral projects:

The microbe trade: bacterial exchanges among parasitic worms sharing the same host (University of Otago Research Grant); PI: Robert Poulin; AI: Fátima Jorge

Parasite microbiomes and host manipulation: who's really pulling the strings? (Marsden 21-UOO-002); PI: Robert Poulin; AI: Fátima Jorge

Academic qualifications:

PhD - Biological Sciences, The University of Auckland, 2020.
MSc - Genetics and Evolution, State University of Campinas (Brazil), 2015.
BSc and BEdSc(SecTchg) - Biological Sciences, State University of Campinas (Brazil), 2011.

Previous projects:

Research assistant, University of Auckland.

  • Transcriptomic analysis of adaptation to heat stress in an endemic mollusc (FRDF research grant; PI: Shane Lavery).

Postdoctoral researcher (PI), University of Auckland (Kate Edger Postdoctoral Award; Malacological Society of Australasia Research Grant)

  • Shedding light on adaptive differentiation of a New Zealand endemic chiton with a high-quality and low-budget genome (in collaboration with Annabel Whibley, Shane Lavery, Anna Santure).

PhD student, University of Auckland

  • Genetic and phenotypic variation of Onithochiton neglectus across a heterogeneous marine environment (supervisors: Shane Lavery, Anna Santure, Pierre de Villemereuil).


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Parasitology group
Santure group


Salloum, P. M., Jorge, F., & Poulin, R. (2023). Different trematode parasites in the same snail host: Species-specific or shared microbiota? Molecular Ecology, 32, 5414-5428. doi: 10.1111/mec.17111 Journal - Research Article

Salloum, P. M., Jorge, F., Dheilly, N. M., & Poulin, R. (2023). Adoption of alternative life cycles in a parasitic trematode is linked to microbiome differences. Biology Letters, 19, 20230091. doi: 10.1098/rsbl.2023.0091 Journal - Research Article

Poulin, R., Presswell, B., Bennett, J., de Angeli Dutra, D., & Salloum, P. M. (2023). Biases in parasite biodiversity research: Why some helminth species attract more research than others. International Journal for Parasitology: Parasites & Wildlife, 21, 89-98. doi: 10.1016/j.ijppaw.2023.04.010 Journal - Research Article

Poulin, R., Presswell, B., Filion, A., Salloum, P. M., Chai, X., Bennett, J., & de Angeli Dutra, D. (2023). Battle of the sexes: Analysis of sex bias in host use and reporting practices in parasitological experiments. International Journal for Parasitology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.ijpara.2023.03.002 Journal - Research Article

Salloum, P. M., Jorge, F., Dheilly, N. M., & Poulin, R. (2023). Eco-evolutionary implications of helminth microbiomes [Invited Centenary Review]. Journal of Helminthology, 97, e22. doi: 10.1017/S0022149X23000056 Journal - Research Article

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