Joëlle Goüy de Bellocq, Ph.D.

Position: full-time researcher
Research topics: molecular epidemiology
Department: External research facility Studenec
Phone: +420 560 590 613

Research interests

  • host-parasit interaction, 
  • parasite genomics in the European house mouse hybrid zone, 
  • emerging infectious diseases: arenaviruses, hantaviruses, Bartonella,
  • immunogenetics, major histocompatibility complex (MHC), immunoecology.

Running Projects

Comparative parasite hybrodisation genomics controlling for host divergence (2018-2020)

Hybrid zones: natural laboratories for the study of pathogen emergence (2016-2018)

Finished Projects

Biogeography and evolutionary history of two RNA viruses in Africa

Quantifying viral gene capture, and the host’s response, during passage across a species barrier: Murine cytomegalovirus in a house mouse hybrid zone (2014-2016)


  • 1999: undergraduate study - University of Montpellier II France, Biology of Organisms and Populations, option Parasitology. Diploma thesis: Phylogeny of Trichostrongylina Nematodes.
  • 2000-2003: Ph.D. study - University of Perpignan, France. PhD thesis: Insularity and Parasitism: impacts in immune response investment and MHC genetic diversity in the woodmouse.
  • 2003: course Animal experimentation - University of René Descartes, Paris V, France. Level I of animal experimentation (French equivalence of Home office licence for Animal experimentation).

International experience

  • 2004-2005: Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Ramon Science Center, Israel. Thesis: Investment in immune defences and flea parasite pressure in desert rodents, (collaborators B.Krasnov, B.Pinshow) - Post-Doc.
  • 2006: Centre de Biologie et de Gestion des Populations (CBGP), France. Project: Development of phylogeographic markers, (collaborator J.Michaux) - short term contract.
  • Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Department of population biology Studenec, Czech Republic. Project: MHC diversity in the hybrid zone of Mus musculus, (collaborators J.Bryja and J.Piálek) - visitor Post-Doc.
  • 2006-2007: Research Institute of Wildlife Ecology of the University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna, Austria. Projetc: Immune genes and endoparasites in brown hares, (collaborators F.Suchentrunk and H.Schaschl) - Post-Doc.
  • 2007-2014: University of Antwerp, Belgium, Department of Biology. Project: Evolutionary ecology of arenavirus-rodent interactions, (collaborator H.Leirs) - Post-Doc.
  • 2011-present: Institute of Vertebrate Biology, Research facility Studenec - researcher.

Actual student

  • Jana Těšíková: Murine cytomegalovirus (MCMV) in the European house mouse hybrid zone, (Ph.D. thesis).

Past student

  • Wasimuddin: Genetic variation of pathogens in the house mice hybrid zone (supervisor J.Bryja, consultants J.Piálek, J.G.Bellocq).



Čížková D., Baird Stuart J. E., Těšíková J., Voigt S., Ďureje Ľ., Piálek J., Goüy de Bellocq J.: Host subspecific viral strains in European house mice: Murine cytomegalovirus in the Eastern (Mus musculus musculus) and Western house mouse (Mus musculus domesticus), Virology 521 (2018) 92-98.

Mariën J., Sluydts V., Borremans B., Gryseels S., Broecke B. V., Sabuni C. A., Katakweba A. A. S., Mulungu L. S., Günther S., Goüy de Bellocq J., Massawe A. W., Leirs H.: Arenavirus infection correlates with lower survival of its natural rodent host in a long-term capture-mark-recapture study, Parasites & Vectors 11 (2018) .

Vanmechelen K., Bletsa M., Laenen L., Lopes A. R., Vergote V., Beller L., Deboutte W., Korva M., Avšič Županc T., Goüy de Bellocq J., Gryseels S., Leirs H., Lemey P., Vrancken M., Maes P.: Discovery and genome characterization of three new Jeilongviruses, a lineage of paramyxoviruses characterized by their unique membrane proteins, BMC Genomics 19 (2018) .


Gryseels S., Baird Stuart J. E., Borremans B., Makundi R., Leirs H., Goüy de Bellocq J.: When viruses don’t go viral: the importance of host phylogeographic structure in the spatial spread of arenaviruses, PLoS Pathogens 13 (2017) .

Mariën J., Borremans B., Gryseels S., Soropogui B., De Bruyn L., Ngiala Bongo G., Becker-Ziaja B., Goüy de Bellocq J., Günther S., Magassouba N., Leirs H., Fichet-Calvet E.: No measurable adverse effects of Lassa, Morogoro and Gairo arenaviruses on their rodent reservoir host in natural conditions, Parasites & Vectors 10 (2017) .

Těšíková J., Bryjová A., Bryja J., Lavrenchenko L. A., Goüy de Bellocq J.: Hantavirus strains in East Africa related to Western African hantaviruses, Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases 17 (2017) 278-280.


Goüy de Bellocq J., Těšíková J., Meheretu Y., Čížková D., Bryjová A., Leirs H., Bryja J.: Complete genome characterisation and phylogenetic position of Tigray hantavirus from the Ethiopian white-footed mouse, Stenocephalemys albipes, Infection, Genetics and Evolution (2016) 242-245.

Gryseels S., Goüy de Bellocq J., Makundi R., Vanmechelen K., Broeckhove J., Mazoch V., Šumbera R., Zima Jr. J., Leirs H., Baird Stuart J. E.: Genetic distinction between contiguous urban and rural multimammate mice in Tanzania despite gene flow, Journal of Evolutionary Biology 29 (2016) 1952-1967.

Sabuni C. A., Van Houtte N., Gryseels S., Maganga S. L. S., Makundi R. H., Leirs H., Goüy de Bellocq J.: Genetic structure and diversity of the black and rufous sengiin Tanzanian coastal forests, Journal of Zoology 300 (2016) 305-313.

Wasimuddin W., Bryja J., Ribas A., Baird Stuart J. E., Piálek J., Goüy de Bellocq J.: Testing parasite "intimacy": the whipworm Trichuris muris in the European house mouse hybrid zone, Ecology and Evolution 6 (2016) 2688-2701.


Goüy de Bellocq J., Baird Stuart J. E., Albrechtová J., Sobeková K., Piálek J.: Murine cytomegalovirus is not restricted to the house mouse Mus musculus domesticus: prevalence and genetic diversity in the European house mouse hybrid zone, Journal of Virology 89 (2015) 406-414.

Gryseels S., Rieger T., Oestereich L., Cuypers B., Borremans B., Makundi R., Leirs H., Günther S., Goüy de Bellocq J.: Gairo virus, a novel arenavirus of the widespread Mastomys natalensis: Genetically divergent, but ecologically similar to Lassa and Morogoro viruses, Virology 476 (2015) 249-256.

Gryseels S., Leirs H., Makundi R., Goüy de Bellocq J.: Polymorphism in vkorc1 Gene of Natal Multimammate Mice, Mastomys natalensis in Tanzania, Journal of Heredity 106 (2015) 637-643.

Kubelová M., Papoušek I., Bělohlávek T., Goüy de Bellocq J., Baird Stuart J. E., Široký P.: Spotted fever group rickettsiae detected in immature stages of ticks parasitizing on Iberian endemic lizard Lacerta schreiberi Bedriaga, 1878, Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases 6 (2015) 711-714.

Sabuni C. A., Van Houtte N., Maganga S. L. S., Makundi R. H., Leirs H., Goüy de Bellocq J.: Development of eight polymorphic microsatellite markers in the Black and Rufous sengi, Rhynchocyon petersi, Conservation genetics resources 7 (2015) 193-195.


Dlugosz E. M., Goüy de Bellocq J., Khokhlova I. S., Degen A. A., Pinshow B., Krasnov B. R.: Age at weaning, immunocompetence and ectoparasite performance in a precocial desert rodent, Journal of Experimental Biology 217 (2014) 3078-3084.


Baird Stuart J. E., Ribas A., Macholán M., Albrecht T., Piálek J., Goüy de Bellocq J.: Where are the wormy mice? A re-examination of hybrid parasitism in the European house mouse hybrid zone, Evolution 66 (2012) 2757-2772.

Bordes F., Ponlet N., Goüy de Bellocq J., Ribas A., Krasnov B. R., Morand S.: Is there sex-biased resistance and tolerance in Mediterranean wood mouse (Apodemus sylvaticus) populations facing multiple helminth infections?, Oecologia 170 (2012) 123-135.

Meheretu Y., Čížková D., Těšíková J., Welegerima K., Tomas Z., Kidane D., Girmay K., Schmidt-Chanasit J., Bryja J., Günther S., Bryjová A., Leirs H., Goüy de Bellocq J.: High diversity of RNA viruses in rodents, Ethiopia, Emerging Infectious Diseases 18 (2012) 2047-2050.

Ribas A., Makundi R. H., Goüy de Bellocq J.: Paraconcinnum leirsi n.sp. (Trematoda: Dicrocoeliidae) from rodents in Tanzania and its phylogenetic position within the dicrocoeliids, African Zoology 47 (2012) 326-331.

Wasimuddin W., Čížková D., Ribas A., Piálek J., Goüy de Bellocq J., Bryja J.: Development and characterization of multiplex panels of microsatellite markers for Syphacia obvelata, a parasite of the house mouse (Mus musculus), using a high throughput DNA sequencing approach, Molecular and Biochemical Parasitology 185 (2012) 154-156.