Graduate in pharmacy, University Bordeaux, France, 1972. Graduate in virology, Institute Pasteur, Paris, 1983. Graduate in immunology, Institute Pasteur, Paris, 1990.
Chief pharmacist, Hospital Regional, Tulear, Madagascar, 1974-1978; research assistant Direction Research Study & Techniques, Ministry Defense, Paris, 1979-1981; biochemistry assistant, Hospital Desgenette, Lyon, France, 1982-1983; chief Virology Laboratory, Institute Pasteur, Dakar, Senegal, 1983-1992; chief Hemorraghic Fever Laboratory,, Institute Pasteur, Paris, since 1993. Consultant on management of 3 Ebola outbreaks World Health Organization, Kikwit, Liberia, Gabon, 1995-1996. Discovered new strain of Ebola virus, Ivory Coast.
Lieutenant colonel Military Health Service, 1967-1992.
Married Veronique Irene Baudin, October 15, 1975 (divorced April 1994). Children: Yann, Guillaume.