Tropical Regions

South-East Asia

Habitats we study

Human and animal life interactions in diverse locations


Mondulkiri Forest


Stung Treng Forest

Intensive Agriculture

Battambang province


Phnom Penh

Key Pathogens 
we explore

  • Paramyxovirus
  • Other Coronaviruses
  • Trematodes

Key Hosts and Vectors we work on

For effective and trustworthy results we will be taking environmental and biological samples


  • Water
  • Soil
  • Sediments


  • Rodents
  • Fish
  • Others


  • Insectivores

Domestic animals

  • Dogs
  • Cats


  • Adults (20-50 years old) Woman 46%

Our work in Cambodia


Field and laboratory work in Cambodia is coordinated by IPC in relation with the global sampling strategy

Microbiome Analysis

The multiple human, wildlife and domestic animals samples we collect will be used to asses how biodiversity impacts microbiome structure and zoonotics risks.

SIR model

Data collected on coronavirus in insectivorous bats helps develop compartmental epidemiological SIR models.

ABM Model

Three ABMs will be co-constructed with local communities, enriched by experts, and involve a computational representation of critical species and humans.. In Cambodia, the Mekong Region Simulator (MerSIM) model will adapted to simulate the region's ecosystem and feed information directly into the ABM.

Landscape Model

Focusing on external drivers and transmission dynamics to simulate both human pathogen transmission and the movements of intermediary host species (e.g. civets).

Cambodian Workshops and News

Sampling Campaigns In Ivory Coast, Cambodia and Guadeloupe (Aquatic Part)

As part of the BCOMING project, a series of aquatic (freshwater) samplings were performed in Ivory Coast (May 2023), Cambodia (July 2023) and Guadeloupe (October 2023) to identify the patterns of biodiversity of the aquatic communities and their parasites in tropical areas along a gradient of urbanisation, with the aim of i) identifying drivers of disease emergence and ii) preventing disease risk. Our team consist of Dr. Marine Combe (CR, IRD), Dr. Claudia Bommarito (PostDoc, IRD), Prof. Rudy E. Gozlan (DR, IRD) and Ms. Chloé Lefebvre (Technician, IRD) from the French National Research Institute for Sustainable Development (IRD) and the Institute of Evolutionary Sciences of Montpellier (ISEM), France. As responsible team of the aquatic sampling, it was exciting to finalize together the last details of the sampling, prepare and ship the material, and finally see the field campaigns taking place.

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The Power of Indigenous Wisdom: Combating Climate Change and Protecting Biodiversity

Climate change and biodiversity loss are urgent challenges. To find solutions, we can learn from indigenous peoples who have lived in harmony with nature for generations.

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The impact of trematodes on human and animal health in the world

Did you know? Food-borne trematodoses are zoonoses that can cause more than two million years of lost or disabled life worldwide each year.

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Pablo Sinovas
Veasna IPC Duong