Dr Virginie Gaget

Virginie Gaget
Post Doctoral Fellow
School of Biological Sciences
Faculty of Sciences

Dr Gaget is a Postdoctoral Fellow within the Faculty of Sciences at the University of Adelaide who studies microbial ecology and water quality and their impact on human and animal health.

She is leading innovative research in her field and is well recognised for her extensive expertise on all issues related to cyanobacteria, especially within, but not limited to, the water industry. For the past decade, she has worked successfully with a range of collaborators and stakeholders, including industrial partners and governmental agencies and thrives to build solid collaborations in order to develop large multidisciplinary research programs.

She currently lectures at the University of Adelaide for second and third year students in Freshwater Ecology and enjoys teaching and mentoring students.

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Dr Virginie Gaget

Dr Gaget is a Postdoctoral Fellow within the Faculty of Sciences at the University of Adelaide who studies microbial ecology and water quality and their impact on human and animal health.

She is leading innovative research in her field and is well recognised for her extensive expertise on all issues related to cyanobacteria, especially within, but not limited to, the water industry. For the past decade, she has worked successfully with a range of collaborators and stakeholders, including industrial partners and governmental agencies and thrives to build solid collaborations in order to develop large multidisciplinary research programs.

She currently lectures at the University of Adelaide for second and third year students in Freshwater Ecology and enjoys teaching and mentoring students.

My research focuses on water quality issues and their impact to human and animal health. I have a particular interest in:

- improving risk assessment by providing new technical tools and developing improved monitoring polices,

- microbial evolution and taxonomy,

- ecotoxicology, especially linked to the production of secondary metabolites by cyanobacteria,

- studying the impact of natural resources and the environment on physiology and the human microbiome.

Appointments

Date Position Institution name
2017 - 2019 Post-Doctoral Fellow University of Adelaide
2012 - 2017 ARC Post-Doctoral Fellow University of Adelaide
2010 - 2012 Research Post-Doctoral Fellow SA Water
2008 - 2009 Research Post-Doc Fellow Veolia Environment

Language Competencies

Language Competency
English Can read, write, speak and peer review
French Can read, write, speak and peer review
German Can understand spoken

Education

Date Institution name Country Title
2004 - 2008 Paris Diderot University France PhD in Microbiology and Virology
2003 - 2004 University Nancy I France Masters degree in Water Chemistry and Microbiology
2002 - 2003 University of La Rochelle France Honours in Marine Ecology
1999 - 2002 Claude Bernard University Lyon 1 / University of La Rochelle France Bachelor degree in Biological Sciences

Postgraduate Training

Date Title Institution Country
2009 - 2009 Cyanobacterial bloom dynamics, production and control of odour metabolites in Chinese and Australian Reservoirs Australian Water Quality Centre Australia
2003 - 2004 High sensitive real-time PCR for the detection of Legionella pneumophila and Legionella spp. In drinking water supplies and conditioned water University of Paris-Sud, Orsay France
2003 - 2003 Impact of Foraminifera populations on benthic bacterial communities of Aiguillon Bay (France) Foraminifera’s impact on benthic bacterial communities of Aiguillon Bay (France) University of La Rochelle, La Rochelle France
2003 - 2003 Enumeration of pelagic and benthic viral populations present in Aiguillon Bay: comparison of abundance and morphology (France) University of La Rochelle, La Rochelle France

Certifications

Date Title Institution name Country
2011 Quarantine Accredited staff AQIS Australia
Coxswain II AMFA Australia

Research Interests

Bacteriology, Community Ecology, Conservation and Biodiversity, Environmental Monitoring, Microbial Ecology, Microbial Genetics, Molecular Evolution

Journals

Year Citation
2017 Gaget, V., Keulen, A., Lau, M., Monis, P. & Brookes, J. (2017). DNA extraction from benthic Cyanobacteria: comparative assessment and optimization. Journal of Applied Microbiology, 122, 1, 294-304.
10.1111/jam.13332
2017 Gaget, V., Humpage, A., Huang, Q., Monis, P. & Brookes, J. (2017). Benthic cyanobacteria: A source of cylindrospermopsin and microcystin in Australian drinking water reservoirs. Water Research, 124, 454-464.
10.1016/j.watres.2017.07.073
2017 Gaget, V., Chiu, Y., Lau, M. & Humpage, A. (2017). From an environmental sample to a long-lasting culture: the steps to better isolate and preserve cyanobacterial strains. Journal of Applied Phycology, 29, 1, 309-321.
10.1007/s10811-016-0945-x
2017 Gaget, V., Lau, M., Sendall, B., Froscio, S. & Humpage, A. (2017). Cyanotoxins: Which detection technique for an optimum risk assessment?. Water Research, 118, 227-238.
10.1016/j.watres.2017.04.025
2016 Pestana, C., Reeve, P., Sawade, E., Voldoire, C., Newton, K., Praptiwi, R. ... Newcombe, G. (2016). Fate of cyanobacteria in drinking water treatment plant lagoon supernatant and sludge. Science of the Total Environment, 565, 1192-1200.
10.1016/j.scitotenv.2016.05.173
2015 Gaget, V., Welker, M., Rippka, R. & Tandeau de Marsac, N. (2015). A polyphasic approach leading to the revision of the genus Planktothrix (Cyanobacteria) and its type species, P. agardhii, and proposal for integrating the emended valid botanical taxa, as well as three new species, Planktothrix paucivesiculata sp. nov.ICNP, Planktothrix tepida sp. nov.ICNP, and Planktothrix serta sp. nov.ICNP, as genus and species names with nomenclature standing under the ICNP. Systematic and Applied Microbiology, 38, 5, 368-370.
10.1016/j.syapm.2015.04.002
2015 Gaget, V., Welker, M., Rippka, R. & de Marsac, N. (2015). A polyphasic approach leading to the revision of the genus Planktothrix (Cyanobacteria) and its type species, P. agardhii, and proposal for integrating the emended valid botanical taxa, as well as three new species, Planktothrix paucivesiculata sp. nov.ICNP, Planktothrix tepida sp. nov.ICNP, and Planktothrix serta sp. nov.ICNP, as genus and species names with nomenclatural standing under the ICNP. Systematic and Applied Microbiology, 38, 3, 141-158.
10.1016/j.syapm.2015.02.004
2013 Su, M., Gaget, V., Giglio, S., Burch, M., An, W. & Yang, M. (2013). Establishment of quantitative PCR methods for the quantification of geosmin-producing potential and Anabaena sp. in freshwater systems. Water Research, 47, 10, 3444-3454.
10.1016/j.watres.2013.03.043
2011 Gaget, V., Gribaldo, S. & De Marsac, N. (2011). An rpoB signature sequence provides unique resolution for the molecular typing of cyanobacteria. International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology, 61, 1, 170-183.
10.1099/ijs.0.019018-0
2006 Lenes, D., Gaget, V., Delabre, K., De Marsac, N. & Roche, P. (2006). Toxic cyanobacteria problems in water consumption. Techniques - Sciences - Methodes, 7-8, 67-79.

1) Funded category one projects:

  • Brookes J., A. Humpage, M. Burch, P. Monis, T-F Lin. 2012. Bad tastes, odours and toxins in our drinking water reservoirs: are benthic cyanobacteria the culprits? ARC-Linkage grant. Experimental design, proposal writing. Preferred candidate. ($1.2M including partner contributions).

2) Other external sources of funding:

  • Gaget V., J. Brookes, L. Van der Linden and P. Monis. 2016. Benthic algae: a toxic risk to be evaluated. Research for 13 program, Water Research Australia initiative – funding by the industry and governmental agencies including the Water Research Foundation (USA) ($347K).
  • Humpage A. CyanoSurvey project. 2009. Water Research Australia grant - experimental design and participation in proposal writing ($1.4M).

I am giving some lectures to the second and third year Freshwater Ecology students.

  • 2014-2015: Angela Keulen, Technical Staff (University of Adelaide, Adelaide, SA).
  • 2013-2014: Kelly Newton, Post-doctoral Fellow (University of Adelaide, Adelaide, SA).
  • 2010-2013: Melody Lau, Technical Staff (SA Water, Adelaide, SA).
  • 2011: Yi-Ting Chiu, PhD Student from Taiwan (National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan).
  • 2008-2009: Su Ming, Hrs Student from China (RCEES, Beijing).

Industry Partnerships

Date Engagement Type Partner Name
2012 - ongoing Consultant Water New South Wales
2010 - ongoing Consultant Water Research Australia
2008 - ongoing Consultant South Australia Water Corporation
Position
Post Doctoral Fellow
Phone
83137573
Fax
8313 6222
Campus
North Terrace
Building
Benham Laboratories
Room Number
G 19
Org Unit
Ecology and Environmental Science

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