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Department of Primatology

Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Deutscher Platz 6
04103 Leipzig

phone: +49 (341) 3550 - 200
fax: +49 (341) 3550 - 299

Nadège Freda Madina

Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Department of Primatology
Deutscher Platz 6
D-04103 Leipzig, Germany

e-mail: nadege_madinda@[>>> Please remove the brackets! <<<]eva.mpg.de 

Research interests

Much research has accumulated about microorganisms infecting wild great apes. While this has broadened our understanding of infectious disease dynamics in our closest relatives, most studies have concentrated on a single species (chimpanzees or gorillas) in isolation. Yet chimpanzees and gorillas often live in sympatry and scarce evidence of viral transmission between these two species exist. My research aims to examine inter-species transmission dynamics of microorganisms between these two species, which could also provide insight into their potential role as zoonotic reservoirs. 

Current research

My research currently focuses on the sympatrically living great apes  (Western lowland gorillas and Central chimpanzees  ) living in the Loango National Park, Gabon, located between the Atlantic ocean and Iguela lagoon. This park contains a wide diversity of habitats, ranging from swamps to primary forest.

Using non-invasive methods, in particular faecal sample collection in the field coupled with molecular methods in the laboratory, I aim to determine the genetic diversity of different microorganisms infecting both of these species. Using molecular techniques I will investigate their dynamics of transmission and evolutionary history.  Currently, I am focusing on polyomaviruses. In addition, I am investigating polyomaviruses belonging to other subspecies of great apes like the Western Chimpanzees or the mountain gorillas to understand their evolution over a broader ecological and evolutionary time scale.