Simon Dellicour Scientific collaborator (ULB) / Post-doc (KUL)

Biographical sketch.

Simon did a PhD under the supervision of Patrick Mardulyn (ULB, EBE) and a first post-doc with Oliver Pybus in the Department of Zoology (Univ. Oxford), and is currently doing a Postdoc in the group of Philippe Lemey (KUL). Simon obtained an FNRS postdoc grant to join our team in 2018 and currently has a status of scientific collaborator.

Research interests.

Simon has broad interests in molecular epidemiology, animal/plant/virus phylogeography, population, spatial and landscape genetics. He developped several programs and packages such as GCALIGNER, SPADS and PHYLOGEOSIM and SERAPHIM.

Note that only 5 representative publications are listed below, the full list of Simon’s publications can be found on his KUL web page.



Using Viral Gene Sequences to Compare and Explain the Heterogeneous Spatial Dynamics of Virus Epidemics
S. Dellicour, R. Rose, N.R. Faria, L.F.P. Vieira, H. Bourhy, M. Gilbert, P. Lemey and O.G. Pybus.
"Molecular Biology and Evolution", vol. 34, issue 10, 2017.


Explaining the geographic spread of emerging epidemics: a framework for comparing viral phylogenies and environmental landscape data
S. Dellicour, R. Rose and O.G. Pybus.
"BMC Bioinformatics", vol. 17, issue 1, 2016.

SERAPHIM: studying environmental rasters and phylogenetically informed movements
S. Dellicour, R. Rose, N.R. Faria, P. Lemey and O.G. Pybus.
"Bioinformatics", vol. 32, issue 20, 2016.


Delimiting Species-Poor Data Sets using Single Molecular Markers: A Study of Barcode Gaps, Haplowebs and GMYC
S. Dellicour and J.F. Flot.
"Systematic Biology", vol. 64, issue 6, 2015.


Comparing Phylogeographic Hypotheses by Simulating DNA Sequences under a Spatially Explicit Model of Coalescence
S. Dellicour, C. Kastally, O.J. Hardy and P. Mardulyn.
"Molecular Biology and Evolution", vol. 31, issue 12, 2014.

spads 1.0: a toolbox to perform spatial analyses on DNA sequence data sets
S. Dellicour and P. Mardulyn.
"Molecular Ecology Resources", vol. 14, issue 3, 2014.