Pasteur Research Centre Ltd
Hong Kong University, China
Dr Jean-Michel Garcia has study chemistry at the National Graduate School of Chemistry of Lille (ENSCL) in France where he specialized in biochemistry and biotechnologies. In 1998, soon after he graduated as chemical engineer and received his Master Degree from the University of Lille II, he went in Japan at University of Kyoto as researcher mandated by ELF-ATOCHEM for the elaboration of a new family of gradient co-polymer based on the Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization (ATRP) technology. He then moved to Foundation for Research and Technology- Hellas (FORTH) in Greece where he was involved a multi-disciplinary European project aiming to design and characterize new optical materials for laser technology. In 2000, he returned to France, at Institute of Biology of Lille, to work for his doctoral thesis on the creation and development of a new methodology for high throughput epitope screening by peptide/protein microarray technology. Finally, in 2003, right after obtaining his PhD, he joined HKU-Pasteur Research Centre where he is in charge of translational research group. In this current position, his research activity are focused on development of screening for antivirals against HIV, H5N1 & Dengue, elaboration of High Content Flow Cytometry technology for HTS applications and development, validation and implementation of Influenza (H5N1) diagnostics for sero-epidemiology in animal and human surveillance programs in Southeast asia.
Our projects span over three axes of research: drug discovery, diagnostics and molecular biology: 1) Development of cellular screening for antivirals against HIV, H5N1 & Dengue, 2) Development, validation and field implantation of Influenza (H5N1) diagnostics, 3) Investigation of influenza receptors at atomic level. Direct involvement in international projects (RESPARI, DENFRAME, ICAV, ACIP).