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Anne   Becker DVM, MSc, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Anne Becker received her DVM at Ghent University (Belgium) in 2010. During her studies, she developed a strong interest for the diverse microbial consortia residing in mammalian gastrointestinal tracts and representing one of the most intricate forms of a durable, multi-layered symbiotic partnership. Following her graduation, she has been working with the European captive cheetah population and pursued research at the interface of gut microbial ecology, zoo nutrition and animal health. This research was supported by a university grant and Morris Animal Foundation Fellowship Grant. She was awarded her PhD at Ghent University in 2015.


Master in Veterinary Sciences (DVM, Msc Vet Sci)
Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Ghent University

Doctor in Veterinary Sciences (PhD)
Laboratory of Microbiology, Faculty of Sciences, Ghent University
Laboratory of Animal Nutrition, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Ghent University

Qualified Teachers Training for Higher Education
Faculty of Psychology and Pedagogic Science, Ghent University


From a microbiologist’s point of view, scientific approaches towards safeguarding the life and well-being of animal hosts is inseparable from a better understanding of the microbiota evolutionarily associated with these hosts. Dr. Becker focuses mainly on the molecular characterization of the microbiome of exotic species, nutritional modulation of these bacterial communities (using dynamic in-vitro simulation models) and their role in host health and ex-situ and in-situ animal conservation.

Current projects include the microbiome and resistome of mongooses on St Kitts and the prevalence of MRSA in primates.

Publication Highlights

Whitehouse-Tedd KM, Dierenfeld ES, Becker AAMJ, Huys G, Williams J, Depauw S, Kerr K, Janssens GPJ. Captive cheetah nutrition. In: Marker L, Schmidt-Kuentzel A, Boast L (Eds.) Conservation and Biology of the Cheetah. Chapter 28. Academix Press (Elsevier) (in press)

Becker AAMJ, Janssens GPJ, Snauwaert C, Hesta M, Huys G (2015) Integrated community profiling indicates long-term temporal stability of the predominant faecal microbiota in captive cheetahs. PloS One 10 e:0123933

Becker AAMJ, Hesta M, Hollants J, Janssens GPJ, Huys G (2014) Phylogenetic analysis of faecal microbiota from captive cheetahs reveals underrepresentation of Bacteroidetes and Bifidobacteriaceae. BMC Microbiology 14:43

Brinkman B, Becker A, Ayiseh R, Hildebrand F, Raes J, Huys G, Vandenabeele P (2013) Gut microbiota affects sensitivity to acute DSS-induced colitis independently of host genotype. Inflammatory Bowel Diseases 19, 2560-2567.