Equipe PFID

Dr Abdessalem Rekiki

Areas of interest/expertise:

Microbiology, Animal experimentation, In vivo bioluminescence and florescence imaging .


  • 2004: PhD in Microbiology at the University of François Rabelais, Tours, France
  • 1998: DEA Recherche in Microbiolgy at the University El Manar (Tunis II), Tunise

Precedent Positions

2008: Associate Research Scientist at Institut Pasteur (Paris) & Mutabilis (Romainville), France. Development of new standardized models of systemic bacterial infections and infections located in the small. Dr James Disanto & Dr Lionel Durant

2005: Associate Research Scientist at National Institute of Agronomic Research (INRA, Tours, France) & Laboratory and International Service (LSI, Lyon, France) : Research and identification of recombinant antigen useful to improve serologic diagnosis of Coxiella burnetii. Dr Annie Rodolakis.


2004: Associate Research Scientist at National Institute of Agronomic Research (INRA, Tours, France) & CEVA animal Health (Lebourne, France). Calibration of infectious dose of Coxiella burnetii for ewes. Dr Annie Rodolakis.


Research publications

Dragavon J, Blazquez S, Rekiki A, Samson C, Theodorou I, Rogers KL, Tournebize R, Shorte SL. In vivo excitation of nanoparticles using luminescent bacteria. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2012 Jun 5;109(23):8890-5. May 21

Mohamad KY, Rekiki A, Berri M, Rodolakis A. Recombinant 35-kDa inclusion membrane protein IncA as a candidate antigen for serodiagnosis of Chlamydophila pecorum. Vet Microbiol. 2010 Jul 14;143(2-4):424-8. Epub 2009 Dec.

Burall LS, Rodolakis A, Rekiki A, Myers GS, Bavoil PM. 2009. Genomic analysis of an attenuated Chlamydia abortus live vaccine strain reveals defects in central metabolism and surface proteins. Infect Immun. 2009 Sep;77(9):4161-7.

Berri M, Rekiki A, Boumedine KS, Rodolakis A. 2009. Simultaneous differential detection of Chlamydophila abortus, Chlamydophila pecorum and Coxiella burnetii from aborted ruminant's clinical samples using multiplex PCR. BMC Microbiol. Jul 1;9:130.

Yousef Mohamad K, Rekiki A, Myers G, Bavoil PM, Rodolakis A.2008. Identification and characterisation of coding tandem repeat variants in IncA gene of Chlamydophila pecorum.Vet Res. 2008 Jul 25;39(6):56.

Rekiki A, Hammami S, Rodolakis A., 2006. Comparative evaluation of a new commercial ELISA-recombinant and the Complement Fixing Test for the diagnosis of Chlamydophila abortus infection in naturally infected flocks in Tunisia. Small Rum Res. 68 : 58-63.

Rekiki A, Bodier C, Berri M, Rodolakis A. 2006. Efficacy of vaccines against chlamydiosis and Q fever: bringing-in the murine model. Small Rumin Res. 62: 117-119.

Rekiki A, Thabti F, Dlissi I, Russo P, Sanchis R, Pepin M, Rodolakis A, Hammami S., 2005. Enquête sérologique sur la brucellose, chlamydiose, la fièvre Q, la salmonellose, la toxoplasmose et la border disease. Rev Med Vet. 156: 395-401.

Rekiki A, Bouakane A, Hammami S, El Idrissi AH, Bernard F, Rodolakis A., 2004. Efficacy of live vaccine 1B in a mouse model against Chlamydophila pecorum isolated from cases of abortion. Vet Microbiol . 99: 295-299.

Rekiki A, Bouakane A, Rodolakis A., 2004. Combined vaccination of live 1B Chlamydophila abortus and Killed phase I Coxiella burnetii vaccine does not destroy protection against chlamydiosis in a mouse model. Can J Vet Res 68 :226-228.

Rekiki A, Bouakane A, Bernard F, Hammami S, Rodolakis A., 2003. Effectiveness of vaccine strain 1B against Tunisian field strain of Chlamydophila abortus using mouse model. Rev med Vet. 154: 463-468.

Rekiki A, Sidi-Boumedine K, Souriau A, Jemli J, Hammami S, Rodolakis A., 2002. Isolation and characterization of local strains of Chlamydophila abortus (Chlamydia psittaci serotype 1) from Tunisia. Vet Res. 33:215-22.

Rekiki A et Rodolakis A., 2004. Diagnostic des avortements infectieux chez les petits ruminants. Le point vétérinaire 243:24-31.

Awards and Fellowship received
  • Doctoral fellowship: Department of Animal Health (INRA, Tours, France)
  • Master Scholarship: Secretariat of Tunisian State for scientific research and French institute of cooperation