Camille Tinguely



Scientific interests

Interactions between organisms and their evolution generally fascinate me. More specifically, I am interested in microbiology, both environmental and medical, with an ecological and evolutionary approach.
My thesis focuses on gene transfer. It can be vertical, between an ancestor and his descendant, or horizontal, between independent organisms. The horizontal gene transfer is of real importance in the evolution of species. Indeed, it leads to the acquisition of genes, which can allow better adaptation to a new environment and thus, the prosperity of a species. However, as it is possible to acquire beneficial genes, it is also possible to get some with deleterious effects. Therefore, horizontal gene transfer is a risky strategy. Thus, my thesis will aim to understand more specifically the advantage for bacteria to maintain such a system.


  • 2020 - present    PhD in Sciences, Laboratory of Microbiology, University of Neuchâtel.
  • 2019 - 2020    Teaching Degree for Highschool Students, University of Fribourg
  • 2015 - 2017    Master of Science ETH in Biology, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich
  • 2012 - 2015    Bachelor of Science ETH in Biology,     Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich

Professional experiences

  • Aug. 2019 – Jul. 2020    Highschool Teaching trainee, ECGF
  • Feb. 2018 – Jul. 2019     Research Assistant, Medical and Molecular Microbiology Group, University of Fribourg
  • Oct. 2017 – Jan.2018     Quality Assurance Assistant, Mifroma, Ursy
  • Mar. 2017 – Aug. 2017    Scientific assistant, Plant pathology Group, ETHZ


  • Flury, P., Vesga, P., Dominguez-Ferreras, A., Tinguely, C., Ullrich, C. I., Kleespies, R. G., Keel, C., & Maurhofer, M. (2019). Persistence of root-colonizing Pseudomonas protegens in herbivorous insects throughout different developmental stages and dispersal to new host plants. ISME Journal, 13(4), 860–872. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41396-018-0317-4
  • Lescat, M., Poirel, L., Tinguely, C., & Nordmann, P. (2019). A Resazurin Reduction-Based Assay for Rapid Detection of Polymyxin Resistance in Acinetobacter baumannii and Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Journal of Clinical Microbiology, 57(3). https://doi.org/10.1128/JCM.01563-18
  • Sadek, M., Poirel, L., Tinguely, C., & Nordmann, P. (2020).  A Selective Culture Medium for Screening Ceftazidime-Avibactam Resistance in Enterobacterales and Pseudomonas aeruginosa . Journal of Clinical Microbiology, 58(9). https://doi.org/10.1128/jcm.00965-20
  • Sadek, M., Tinguely, C., Poirel, L., & Nordmann, P. (2020). Rapid Polymyxin/Pseudomonas NP test for rapid detection of polymyxin susceptibility/resistance in Pseudomonas aeruginosa. European Journal of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, 39(9), 1657–1662. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10096-020-03884-x