After graduating from the Agronomic Engineer School of Rennes, France in 1998, Dr Gaëlle Boudry embarked in a PhD program to study gut physiology in weanling piglets at INRA, Animal Nutrition Department (Rennes, France). In 2002, she joined the Intestinal Disease Research Program at McMaster University (Hamilton, ON, Canada) as a post-doctoral fellow in Dr Mary Perdue’s group where she worked on the effect of psychological stress on gut barrier function and nutrient absorption.
In 2004, she was appointed as junior scientist at INRA, Human Nutrition Department (Rennes, France) to study the short-term and long-term effects of perinatal nutrition on gut barrier function. She was awarded a Marie Curie International Out-going Fellowship in 2011 and spent one year at UC Davis (CA, USA) in Dr Helen Raybould’s group to investigate the interactions between gut microbiota, gut barrier function and the gut-brain axis within a multi-disciplinary program (Food For Health Institute, UC Davis).
She is now a senior scientist at INRA and carries on her investigations on the relationship between food, intestinal microbiota, gut barrier function and the consequences on the dialog between the gut and distant organs (brain, liver, adipose tissue) in various animal models (rodent, pigs) and in clinical trials.