Céline is professor in pharmacognosy at the Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Lille and is currently conducting research within the research unit BioEcoAgro (UMR 1158) headed by Prof. Philippe Jacques.
After obtaining a doctorate in pharmacy from the University of Lille in 2003, she completed a PhD in Drug Science at the University of Lille 2 under the supervision of Prof. Jean-Pierre Hénichart and Prof. Annick Delelis. Her PhD concerned the search for new active molecules obtained from medicinal plants in Madagascar following a bioguided fractionation strategy. From 2007 to 2008, she carried out postdoctoral research on the chemistry of Vietnamese Mallotus species in Prof. Joëlle Quetin-Leclercq’s team at the Catholic University of Louvain (Belgium). She joined the University of Bordeaux 2 as a lecturer in 2008, also working on the polyphenols of various species of Vitis and Morus alba and their impact on neuroinflammation in the team of Prof. Jean-Michel Mérillon at the Institut des Sciences de la Vigne et du Vin (ISVV). In 2011, she returned to the University of Lille where she set up a research programme on the medicinal chemistry of hops (Humulus lupulus) and their role in combatting bacterial resistance. In parallel with this, she has developed a project on phytochemical diversity and the antiviral activities of halophytes (against hepatitis C virus and coronaviruses).
She obtained her HDR (Accreditation to Supervise Research) in 2018, became qualified to hold the position of University Professor in 2019 (under CNU section 68, Biology of Organisms) and became professor in 2022 (under CNU section 86, medicinal sciences)
She has been co-leading a university degree in applied ethnobotany for several years and is interested in issues related to access to genetic resources.
Since 2016, she has also played a role in the working group on herbal food supplements (‘GT Plantes’) within the French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety (ANSES).
She represented France at the Phytochemical Society of Europe (PSE) from 2013 to 2017, was responsible for organizing the PSE Young Scientists Meeting in Lille in 2017.and became meeting secretary in 2022.
She is on the editorial board of Phytochemical Analysis.
Céline has written more than 40 research articles in internationally renowned journals and has co-published a book on natural antimicrobial agents with Jean-Michel Mérillon.