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.
|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|
|English||Can read, write, speak and peer review|
|French||Can read, write, speak and peer review|
|German||Can understand spoken|
|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|
|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|
|2011||Quarantine Accredited staff||AQIS||Australia|
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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).
|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|