Simon Dellicour Post-doc (ULB) / Scientific collaborator (KU Leuven)

Biographical sketch.

Simon did a PhD under the supervision of Patrick Mardulyn (ULB, EBE), a first post-doc with Oliver Pybus in the Department of Zoology (Univ. Oxford), and a second Postdoc in the group of Philippe Lemey (KU Leuven). Simon obtained an FNRS postdoc grant and joined our team in October 2018. Simon is also a scientific collaborator of the Evolutionary and Computational Virology lab at the Rega Institute (KU Leuven)

Research interests.

Simon has broad interests in molecular epidemiology, animal/plant/virus phylogeography, conservation, landscape and population genetics. His main research projects focus on methodological developments and applications in landscape phylogeography. He also developed several programs and packages such as GCALIGNER, SPADS, PHYLOGEOSIM and SERAPHIM

External links: ResearchGate, Google Scholar, Research profile on the RTBF website for the radio program “Les Eclaireurs” (in French)


Phylogeography of Lassa virus in Nigeria
D. U. Ehichioya, S. Dellicour, M. Pahlmann, T. Rieger, L. Oestereich, B. Becker-Ziaja, D. Cadar, Y. Ighodalo, T. Olokor, E. Omomoh, J. Oyakhilome, R. Omiunu, J. Agbukor, B. Ebo, J. Aiyepada, P. Ebhodaghe, B. Osiemi, S. Ehikhametalor, P. Akhilomen, M. Airende, R. Esumeh, E. Muoebonam, R. Giwa, A. Ekanem, G. Igenegbale, G. Odigie, G. Okonofua, R. Enigbe, E. O. Yerumoh, E. Pallasch, S. Bockholt, L. E. Kafetzopoulou, S. Duraffour, P. O. Okokhere, G. O. Akpede, S. A. Okogbenin, I. Odia, C. Aire, N. Akpede, E. Tobin, E. Ogbaini-Emovon, P. Lemey, D. I. Adomeh, D. A. Asogun, and S. Günther. "Journal of Virology", 2019.

Mass migration to Europe: an opportunity for elimination of hepatitis B virus?
M. Thijssen, P. Lemey, S. Amini-Bavil-Olyaee, S. Dellicour, S. M. Alavian, F. Tacke, C. Verslype, F. Nevens, and M. R. Pourkarim. "The Lancet Gastroenterology & Hepatology", Vol. 4, Issue 4, Pages 315-323, 2019.

HIV rebound is predominantly fueled by viral expansions from diverse reservoirs
M.-A. De Scheerder, B. Vrancken*, S. Dellicour*, T. Schlub, E. Lee, W. Shao, C. Verhofstede, A. Dhondt, D. De Looze, F. Vermassen, P. Lemey, S. Palmer, and L. Vandekerckhove. *Equal contribution
"Cell Host and Microbes", 2019.

Landscape genetic analyses of Cervus elaphus and Sus scrofa: comparative study and analytical developments
S. Dellicour, J. G. Prunier, S. Piry, M.-C. Eloy, S. Bertouille, A. Licoppe, A. C. Frantz, and M.-C. Flamand. "Heredity", Vol. 123, Issue 2, Pages 228-241, 2019.

Distinct rates and patterns of spread of the major HIV-1 subtypes in Central and East Africa
N. Faria, N. Vidal, J. Lourenco, J. Raghwani, K. Sigaloff, A. Tatem, D. van de Vijver, A. Pineda, R. Rose, C. Wallis, S. Ahuka-Mundeke, J. Muyembe-Tamfum, J. Muwonga, M. Suchard, T. Rinke de Wit, R. Hamers, N. Ndembi, G. Baele, M. Peeters, O. Pybus, P. Lemey, and S. Dellicour. "PLoS Pathogens", 2019.

Using phylogeographic approaches to analyse the dispersal history, velocity, and direction of viral lineages – application to rabies virus spread in Iran
S. Dellicour, C. Troupin, F. Jahanbakhsh, A. Salama, S. Massoudi, M. K. Moghaddam, G. Baele, P. Lemey, A. Gholami, and H. Bourhy. "Molecular Ecology", 2019.

Comparing patterns and scales of plant virus phylogeography: Rice yellow mottle virus in Madagascar and in continental Africa
M. Rakotomalala, B. Vrancken, A. Pinel-Galzi, P. Ramavovololon, E. Hébrard, S. Randrianangaly, S. Dellicour, Lemey P, and D. Fargette. "Virus Evolution", 2019.

Identifying the patterns and drivers of Puumala hantavirus enzootic dynamics using reservoir sampling
L. Laenen, V. Vergote, B. Vanmechelen, K. Tersago, G. Baele, P. Lemey, H. Leirs, S. Dellicour, B. Vrancken, and P. Maes. "Virus Evolution", Vol. 5, Issue 1, 2019.

Recent advances in computational phylodynamics
G. Baele, S. Dellicour, M. A. Suchard, P. Lemey, and B. Vrancken. "Current Opinion in Virology", Vol. 31, Pages 24-32, 2018.

Phylodynamic assessment of intervention strategies for the West African Ebola virus outbreak
S. Dellicour, G. Baele, G. Dudas, N. R. Faria, O. G. Pybus, M. A. Suchard, A. Rambaut, and P. Lemey. "Nature Communications", Vol. 9, Issue 1, Pages 2222, 2018.

The hitchhiker's guide to single-locus species delimitation
S. Dellicour, and J.-F. Flot. "Molecular Ecology Resources", Vol. 0, Issue 0, 2018.

On the importance of negative controls in viral landscape phylogeography
S. Dellicour, B. Vrancken, N. S. Trovão, D. Fargette, and P. Lemey. "Virus Evolution", Vol. 4, Issue 2, 2018.

Genomic and epidemiological monitoring of yellow fever virus transmission potential
N. R. Faria, M. U. G. Kraemer, S. C. Hill, J. Goes de Jesus, R. S. Aguiar, F. C. M. Iani, J. Xavier, J. Quick, L. du Plessis, S. Dellicour, J. Thézé, R. D. O. Carvalho, G. Baele, C.-H. Wu, P. P. Silveira, M. B. Arruda, M. A. Pereira, G. C. Pereira, J. Lourenço, U. Obolski, L. Abade, T. I. Vasylyeva, M. Giovanetti, D. Yi, D. J. Weiss, G. R. W. Wint, F. M. Shearer, S. Funk, B. Nikolay, V. Fonseca, T. E. R. Adelino, M. A. A. Oliveira, M. V. F. Silva, L. Sacchetto, P. O. Figueiredo, I. M. Rezende, E. M. Mello, R. F. C. Said, D. A. Santos, M. L. Ferraz, M. G. Brito, L. F. Santana, M. T. Menezes, R. M. Brindeiro, A. Tanuri, F. C. P. dos Santos, M. S. Cunha, J. S. Nogueira, I. M. Rocco, A. C. da Costa, S. C. V. Komninakis, V. Azevedo, A. O. Chieppe, E. S. M. Araujo, M. C. L. Mendonça, C. C. dos Santos, C. D. dos Santos, A. M. Mares-Guia, R. M. R. Nogueira, P. C. Sequeira, R. G. Abreu, M. H. O. Garcia, A. L. Abreu, O. Okumoto, E. G. Kroon, C. F. C. de Albuquerque, K. Lewandowski, S. T. Pullan, M. Carroll, T. de Oliveira, E. C. Sabino, R. P. Souza, M. A. Suchard, P. Lemey, G. S. Trindade, B. P. Drumond, A. M. B. Filippis, N. J. Loman, S. Cauchemez, L. C. J. Alcantara, and O. G. Pybus. "Science", Vol. 361, Issue 6405, Pages 894-899, 2018.

Molecular archaeoparasitology identifies cultural changes in the Medieval Hanseatic trading centre of Lübeck
P. G. Flammer, S. Dellicour, S. G. Preston, D. Rieger, S. Warren, C. K. W. Tan, R. Nicholson, R. Přichystalová, N. Bleicher, J. Wahl, N. R. Faria, O. G. Pybus, M. Pollard, and A. L. Smith. "Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B: Biological Sciences", Vol. 285, Issue 1888, 2018.

Divergent geographic patterns of genetic diversity among wild bees: Conservation implications
T. Lecocq, D. Michez, M. Gérard, N. J. Vereecken, J. Delangre, P. Rasmont, S. Vray, M. Dufrêne, P. Mardulyn, and S. Dellicour. "Diversity and Distributions", Vol. 24, Issue 12, Pages 1860-1868, 2018.

Transmission dynamics of re-emerging rabies in domestic dogs of rural China
H. Tian, Y. Feng, B. Vrancken, B. Cazelles, H. Tan, M. S. Gill, Q. Yang, Y. Li, W. Yang, Y. Zhang, Y. Zhang, P. Lemey, O. G. Pybus, N. C. Stenseth, H. Zhang, and S. Dellicour. "PLoS Pathogens", Vol. 14, Issue 12, Pages e1007392, 2018.

Geographical and historical patterns in the emergences of novel highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5 and H7 viruses in poultry
M. S. Dhingra, J. Artois, S. Dellicour, P. Lemey, G. Dauphin, S. Von Dobschuetz, T. P. Van Boeckel, D. M. Castellan, S. Morzaria, and M. Gilbert. "Frontiers in Veterinary Science", Vol. 5, Issue 84, 2018.

Host genetic variation does not determine spatio-temporal patterns of European bat 1 lyssavirus
C. Troupin, E. Picard-Meyer, S. Dellicour, I. Casademont, L. Kergoat, A. Lepelletier, L. Dacheux, G. Baele, E. Monchâtre-Leroy, F. Cliquet, P. Lemey, and H. Bourhy. "Genome Biology and Evolution", Vol. 9, Issue 11, Pages 3202-3213, 2017.

Distribution and predictors of wing shape and size variability in three sister species of solitary bees
S. Dellicour*, M. Gerard*, J. G. Prunier, A. Dewulf, M. Kuhlmann, and D. Michez. *Equal contribution
"PLoS One", Vol. 12, Issue 3, 2017.

Virus genomes reveal factors that spread and sustained the Ebola epidemic
G. Dudas, L. M. Carvalho, T. Bedford, A. J. Tatem, G. Baele, N. R. Faria, D. J. Park, J. T. Ladner, A. Arias, D. Asogun, F. Bielejec, S. L. Caddy, M. Cotten, J. D'Ambrozio, S. Dellicour, A. Di Caro, J. W. Diclaro, S. Duraffour, M. J. Elmore, L. S. Fakoli, O. Faye, M. L. Gilbert, S. M. Gevao, S. Gire, A. Gladden-Young, A. Gnirke, A. Goba, D. S. Grant, B. L. Haagmans, J. A. Hiscox, U. Jah, J. R. Kugelman, D. Liu, J. Lu, C. M. Malboeuf, S. Mate, D. A. Matthews, C. B. Matranga, L. W. Meredith, J. Qu, J. Quick, S. D. Pas, M. V. T. Phan, G. Pollakis, C. B. Reusken, M. Sanchez-Lockhart, S. F. Schaffner, J. S. Schieffelin, R. S. Sealfon, E. Simon-Loriere, S. L. Smits, K. Stoecker, L. Thorne, E. A. Tobin, M. A. Vandi, S. J. Watson, K. West, S. Whitmer, M. R. Wiley, S. M. Winnicki, S. Wohl, R. Wölfel, N. L. Yozwiak, K. G. Andersen, S. O. Blyden, F. Bolay, M. W. Carroll, B. Dahn, B. Diallo, P. Formenty, C. Fraser, G. F. Gao, R. F. Garry, I. Goodfellow, S. Günther, C. T. Happi, E. C. Holmes, B. Kargbo, S. Keïta, P. Kellam, M. P. G. Koopmans, J. H. Kuhn, N. J. Loman, N. Magassouba, D. Naidoo, S. T. Nichol, T. Nyenswah, G. Palacios, O. G. Pybus, P. C. Sabeti, A. Sall, U. Ströher, I. Wurie, M. A. Suchard, P. Lemey, and A. Rambaut. "Nature", Vol. 544, Issue 7650, Pages 309-315, 2017.

Conservation genetics of European bees: new insights from the continental scale
T. Lecocq, M. Gérard, D. Michez, and S. Dellicour. "Conservation Genetics", Vol. 18, Issue 3, Pages 585-596, 2017.

Glacial survival of trophically linked boreal species in northern Europe
M. C. Quinzin, S. Normand, S. Dellicour, J.-C. Svenning, and P. Mardulyn. "Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences", Vol. 284, Issue 1856, 2017.

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, Pages 2563-2571, 2017.

Cross-border spread, lineage displacement and evolutionary rate estimation of rabies virus in Yunnan Province, China
Y. Zhang, B. Vrancken, Y. Feng, S. Dellicour, Q. Yang, W. Yang, Y. Zhang, L. Dong, O. G. Pybus, H. Zhang, and H. Tian. "Virology Journal", Vol. 14, Issue 1, Pages 102, 2017.

Ecological niche modelling and coalescent simulations to explore the recent geographical range history of five widespread bumblebee species in Europe
S. Dellicour, C. Kastally, S. Varela, D. Michez, P. Rasmont, P. Mardulyn, and T. Lecocq. "Journal of Biogeography", Vol. 44, Issue 1, Pages 39-50, 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.

Spatio-temporal analysis of Nova virus, a divergent hantavirus circulating in the European mole in Belgium
L. Laenen, S. Dellicour, V. Vergote, I. Nauwelaers, S. De Coster, I. Verbeeck, B. Vanmechelen, P. Lemey, and P. Maes. "Molecular Ecology", Vol. 25, Issue 23, Pages 5994-6008, 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, Pages 3204-3206, 2016.

Rapid outbreak sequencing of Ebola virus in Sierra Leone identifies transmission chains linked to sporadic cases
A. Arias, S. J. Watson, D. Asogun, E. A. Tobin, J. Lu, M. V. T. Phan, U. Jah, R. E. G. Wadoum, L. Meredith, L. Thorne, S. Caddy, A. Tarawalie, P. Langat, G. Dudas, N. R. Faria, S. Dellicour, A. Kamara, B. Kargbo, B. O. Kamara, S. Gevao, D. Cooper, M. Newport, P. Horby, J. Dunning, F. Sahr, T. Brooks, A. J. H. Simpson, E. Groppelli, G. Liu, N. Mulakken, K. Rhodes, J. Akpablie, Z. Yoti, M. Lamunu, E. Vitto, P. Otim, C. Owilli, I. Boateng, L. Okoror, E. Omomoh, J. Oyakhilome, R. Omiunu, I. Yemisis, D. Adomeh, S. Ehikhiametalor, P. Akhilomen, C. Aire, A. Kurth, N. Cook, J. Baumann, M. Gabriel, R. Wölfel, A. Di Caro, M. W. Carroll, S. Günther, J. Redd, D. Naidoo, O. G. Pybus, A. Rambaut, P. Kellam, I. Goodfellow, and M. Cotten. "Virus Evolution", Vol. 2, Issue 1, 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, Pages 900-908, 2015.

Comparative phylogeography of five bumblebees: Impact of range fragmentation, range size and diet specialization
S. Dellicour, D. Michez, and P. Mardulyn. "Biological Journal of the Linnean Society", Vol. 116, Issue 4, Pages 926-939, 2015.

Impact of past climatic changes and resource availability on the population demography of three food-specialist bees
S. Dellicour, D. Michez, J.-Y. Rasplus, and P. Mardulyn. "Molecular Ecology", Vol. 24, Issue 5, Pages 1074-1090, 2015.

An integrative taxonomic approach to assess the status of Corsican bumblebees: implications for conservation
T. Lecocq, N. Brasero, T. De Meulemeester, D. Michez, S. Dellicour, P. Lhomme, R. de Jonghe, I. Valterová, K. Urbanová, and P. Rasmont. "Animal Conservation", Vol. 18, Issue 3, Pages 236-248, 2015.

Methods for species delimitation in bumblebees (Hymenoptera, Apidae, Bombus): towards an integrative approach
T. Lecocq, S. Dellicour, D. Michez, M. Dehon, A. Dewulf, T. De Meulemeester, N. Brasero, I. Valterová, J. Y. Rasplus, and P. Rasmont. "Zoologica Scripta", Vol. 44, Issue 3, Pages 281-297, 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. *Equal contribution
"Molecular Biology and Evolution", Vol. 31, Issue 12, Pages 3359-3372, 2014.

Inferring the mode of colonization of the rapid range expansion of a solitary bee from multilocus DNA sequence variation
S. Dellicour, P. Mardulyn, O. J. Hardy, C. Hardy, S. P. M. Roberts, and N. J. Vereecken. "Journal of Evolutionary Biology", Vol. 27, Issue 1, Pages 116-132, 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, Pages 647-651, 2014.

Molecular phylogeny, biogeography, and host plant shifts in the bee genus Melitta (Hymenoptera: Anthophila)
S. Dellicour, T. Lecocq, M. Kuhlmann, P. Mardulyn, and D. Michez. "Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution", Vol. 70, Issue 1, Pages 412-419, 2014.

Inferring the past and present connectivity across the range of a north american leaf beetle: combining ecological niche modeling and a geographically explicit model of coalescence
S. Dellicour, S. Fearnley, A. Lombal, S. Heidl, E. P. Dahlhoff, N. E. Rank, and P. Mardulyn. "Evolution", Vol. 68, Issue 8, Pages 2371-2385, 2014.

GCALIGNER 1.0: an alignment program to compute a multiple sample comparison data matrix from large eco-chemical datasets obtained by GC
S. Dellicour, and T. Lecocq. "Journal of Separation Science", Vol. 36, Issue 19, Pages 3206-3209, 2013.

Scent of a break-up: Phylogeography and reproductive trait divergences in the red-tailed bumblebee (Bombus lapidarius)
T. Lecocq, S. Dellicour, D. Michez, P. Lhomme, M. Vanderplanck, I. Valterová, J. Y. Rasplus, and P. Rasmont. "BMC Evolutionary Biology", Vol. 13, Issue 1, 2013.

Patterns of genetic and reproductive traits differentiation in mainland vs. Corsican populations of bumblebees
T. Lecocq, N. J. Vereecken, D. Michez, S. Dellicour, P. Lhomme, I. Valterová, J. Y. Rasplus, and P. Rasmont. "PLoS One", Vol. 8, Issue 6, 2013.

Molecular and chemical characters to evaluate species status of two cuckoo bumblebees: Bombus barbutellus and Bombus maxillosus (Hymenoptera, Apidae, Bombini)
T. Lecocq, P. Lhomme, D. Michez, S. Dellicour, I. Valterova, and P. Rasmont. "Systematic Entomology", Vol. 36, Issue 3, Pages 453-469, 2011.

Population structure and genetic diversity of red deer (Cervus elaphus) in forest fragments in north-western France
S. Dellicour, A. C. Frantz, M. Colyn, S. Bertouille, F. Chaumont, and M. C. Flamand. "Conservation Genetics", Vol. 12, Issue 5, Pages 1287-1297, 2011.