Benoît Cournoyer

Benoît Cournoyer

Directeur de Recherche de 2e Classe at CNRS
Adjunct-director of UMR5557 (140 people) from 2010 to 2015
Group Leader: “Bacterial opportunistic pathogens & environment”
UMR5557 Ecologie Microbienne (LEM), Université Lyon 1, CNRS & VetAgro Sup (Vet school)

Research Interests

Microbiology, molecular microbiology, microbial ecology, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, plantmicrobe interactions, ecology and evolution of bacterial opportunistic pathogens,

Academic Positions

2002 Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches – Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1
1996-2007 Chargé de recherché at the CNRS – Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1
1996 Chargé de recherché associé at the CNRS – Université Blaise-Pascal Clermont-Ferrand
1993-1995 Post-doctoral Researcher in Molecular Genetics – University of the West of England (NSERC fellow)
1993 PhD in Microbiology – Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1 and Fellow of the Quebec (Canada) Research Foundation – FCAR. Specialty
110 Publications, WoS: h-index = 23 (times cited = 2528), 15 Book chapters, 41 Invited lectures

Other responsibilities

  • Coordinator of AFSSET/ANSES, ANR, Rhône-Alpes Region, and CNRS research programs
  • Research team part of the Labex Intelligence des Mondes Urbains (Excellence National Labs Network
  • Head of a biological resource center named EML-BRC (
  • Member of ANR evaluation committees: ANR MIE & ANR CES, and tox-ecotox section
  • Team part of the FINOVI RTRA (Réseau thématique de Recherches Avancées) dedicated to «Infectiology»
  • Team part of OTHU (Observatoire de Terrain en Hydrologie Urbaine), research federation and field observatory, and head of an OTHU experimental site (Chaudanne River – 69)
  • Head of the «Environmental Microbiology» section of the Research Cluster of Rhône-Alpes Region (2006-2010)
  • President of an AFSSET/ANSES Working group concerned by «bathing in semi-natural water environments»
  • Member of the board of GIS Zone Atelier Bassin du Rhône (ZABR) ( (2013-)
  • Member of CSPR (Conseil Scientifique – Programme de Recherche) evaluation committees AFSSET & ANSES (2009-2014)
  • Member of APR-Environnement Santé AFSSET (2009-)
  • Member of « comité d’évaluation » APR-Légionelles AFSSET (2005-2007)
  • Member of « comité d’évaluation » AAP AIRD grippe aviaire (2007)
  • Member of “comité d’évaluation” AERES UMR5154, MNHN (2007)
  • Member of follow-up committees for ANSES projects (2009-2013)
  • Member of follow-up committee for ANR CESA (2012)
  • Member of GDR Pseudomonas – CNRS with 10 academic partners. (2012-2015)