Laurent Dacheux received his doctorate in Pharmaceutical Sciences (PharmD) in 2000 from the University of Sciences and Techniques of Tours, France, after defending his thesis on anticancer immunotherapy and pharmacogenetics. He was then graduated in 2005 from a Doctorate in Science (PhD) also at the University of Sciences and Techniques of Tours, France, still in the field of monoclonal antibodies but applied to infectious diseases, and more specifically to HIV.
Since 2004, Laurent Dacheux is acting as one of the deputy directors of the National Reference Center for Rabies (NRC-R) at Institut Pasteur, Paris. Among the several missions dedicated to this center and provided by the French Ministry of Health, he is more specifically invested in the development, the validation and the diffusion of the diagnostic techniques related to rabies. One of his topics in this field is focused on the improvement of the diagnosis of human and animal rabies in the endemic areas through the development of innovative, rapid and applicable tests in field conditions.
In parallel, Laurent Dacheux is also involved in the WHO Collaborative Centre for Research and Reference on Rabies (WHO-CC Rabies), in which he is in charge of various activities focused on the diagnosis, especially those regarding training activities through lectures and organization of workshops in Asia and Africa.
Lastly, he is also a permanent research engineer in the Lyssavirus, Epidemiology and Neuropathology unit (which housed both the NRC-R and the WHO-CC Rabies). In this unit, he is leading integrated researches focused on the two main animal reservoirs of rabies, with carnivores (mainly dogs) and bats, in an One Health approach.