Desmecht Daniel

Researcher, Ordinary Professor
Researcher publications



Research subjects

Fundamental Research: biology of Orthomyxoviridae, Paramyxoviridae, Flaviviridae, bunyaviridae and Orbiviridae. Mechanisms and genetic supports of the virulence of infectious agents. Mechanisms of mammalian innate resistance to infectious diseases.

Applied Research: improved diagnostics of animal diseases and generation of animals made genetically resistant to infectious diseases by bioengineering.

Equipment / technologies 

Cell imaging



Technology-assisted reproduction platform, bovine, porcine

Academic distinctions

NATO’s Postdoctoral fellowship (1995)

Fulbright award from US Commission for Educational Exchange (1995)

OECD’s Postdoctoral fellowship (1996)

Prix Jaumain 1998 décerné par la Fondation Léon Frédéric

Prix des « Amis de l’Université de Liège » (1997)

Most representative publications

  • Bayrou C., Garigliany M.-M., Sarlet M., Sartelet A., Cassart D., DESMECHT D. Natural intrauterine infection with Schmallenberg virus in malformed newborn calves: pathology and distribution of viral RNA. Emerging Infectious Diseases. 2014, 20(8)
  • Glineur S., bui tran anh D., Sarlet M., Michaux C., DESMECHT D. Characterization of the resistance of SJL/J mice to pneumonia virus of mice, a model for infantile bronchiolitis due to a respiratory syncytial virus. PLoS ONE. 2012, 7(10), 44581
  • Garigliany M.-M., Habyarimana J., Lambrecht B., Van de Paar E., Cornet A., van den Berg T., DESMECHT D. Influenza A strain-dependent pathogenesis in fatal H1N1 and H5N1 infections of mice. Emerging Infectious Diseases. 2010, 16(4), 595-603
  • Fett T., Zecchinon L., Vanden Bergh P., DESMECHT D. Mannheimia haemolytica leukotoxin-induced cytolysis of caprine (Capra hircus) leukocytes is mediated by the CD18 subunit of beta2-integrins. Microbial Pathogenesis. 2008, 45, 337-342
  • Bui Tran Anh D., Faisca R.-P., DESMECHT D. Differential resistance/susceptibility patterns to pneumovirus infection among inbred mouse strains. American Journal of Physiology - Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology. 2006, 291, 426-435

Information updated by the researcher on 27/04/2016.

PhD Students

Alzamel Nidal

Habyarimana Adélite

Levy Etienne

Gilliau Gautier

Garcia-Gil Francisco José

Bayrou Calixte

Postdocs or other

Van Laere Anne-Sophie

Ectors Fabien