PhD, Université de Poitiers, 1993

Habilitation, Université de Poitiers, 1999


– Head of the team “Microbiologie de l’Eau” (MDE)
– Deputy director of the laboratory, « Ecologie et Biologie des Interactions » (EBI), CNRS (UMR 7267)
– Head of the Master 1 « Physiologie, Neurologie, Biologie Cellulaire et Moléculaire »

Research interest

Understanding and control of the development of Legionella and amoebae in water
Legionella pneumophila is a pathogenic bacterium that infects humans through inhalation of contaminated water droplets, which can cause pneumonia. This bacterium is found naturally in water and especially in biofilms. L. pneumophila grow mainly within amoebae. A better understanding of their ecology would lead to a better control of L. pneumophila development. We study both the interactions between the biofilm, L. pneumophila and amoebae, and the effect of treatments on these microorganisms.

Key words

Legionella, amoeba, biofilm, antimicrobial, interactions


  1. Bouyer S., Imbert C., Rodier M-H. & Héchard Y. (2007) Long term survival of Legionella pneumophila associated with vesicles of Acanthamoeba castellanii. Environ. Microbiol. 9, 1341-1344.
  2. Hindré T., Brüggemann H., Buchrieser C. & Héchard Y. (2008) Transcriptional profiling of Legionella pneumophila biofilm cells and the influence of iron on biofilm formation. Microbiology 154, 30-41.
  3. Dupuy M., Mazoua S., Berne F., Bodet C., Garrec N., Herbelin P., Ménard-Szczebara F., Oberti S., Rodier MH., Soreau S., Wallet F., Héchard Y. (2011) Efficiency of water disinfectants against Legionella pneumophila and Acanthamoeba. Water Res. 45:1087-94.
  4. Verdon J., Labanowski J., Sahr T., Ferreira T., Lacombe C., Buchrieser C., Berjeaud JM., Héchard Y. (2011) Fatty acid composition modulates sensitivity of Legionella pneumophila to warnericin RK, an antimicrobial peptide. Biochim Biophys Acta. 1808:1146-53
  5. Mogoa E, Bodet C, Morel F, Rodier MH, Legube B, Héchard Y. (2011) Cellular response of the amoeba Acanthamoeba castellanii to chlorine, chlorine dioxide, and monochloramine treatments. Appl. Env. Microbiol. 77 : 4974-80.
  6. Fouque E., Trouilhé M-C, Thomas V., Hartemann P., Rodier M-H. & Héchard Y. (2012) Cellular, biochemical and molecular changes during encystment of free-living amoebae. Eukaryotic Cell. 11:382-87.


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Email : yann.hechard@univ-poitiers.fr


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