Cecile Sarabian

PhD Candidate (D3)

Ecology and Social Behavior


I got my Master in Eco-physiology and Ethology from the University of Strasbourg, France in 2014. My Master thesis focused on food-processing and feces avoidance behaviours in relation to parasite infection in the famous Japanese macaques of Koshima island, Japan. In 2015, I joined the section of Ecology & Conservation of KUPRI as a PhD student under the supervision of Associate Professor Andrew MacIntosh. So far, my PhD has led me to conduct research on sensory cues eliciting revulsion and parasite infection-risk avoidance in long-tailed macaques, mandrills and chimpanzees at the ‘Centre International de Recherches Médicales de Franceville’, Gabon and contamination-sensitivity in bonobos at Lola ya Bonobo sanctuary in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.


Selected Publications

Sarabian C, Ngoubangoye B, MacIntosh AJJ (2017) Avoidance of biological contaminants through sight, smell and touch in chimpanzees. Royal Society Open Science 4: 170968

Romano V, Duboscq J, Sarabian C, Thomas E, Sueur C, MacIntosh AJJ (2016) Modeling infection transmission in primate networks to predict centrality-based risk. American Journal of Primatology 78(3); DOI: 10.1002/ajp.22542

Sarabian C, MacIntosh AJJ (2015) Hygienic tendencies correlate with low geohelminth infection in free-ranging macaques. Biology Letters 11: 20150757 


Japanese macaque hygiene:

Discover Magazine: http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/inkfish/2015/11/11/monkeys-keep-their-...

Midday Daily: http://www.middaydaily.com/japanese-macaques-take-hygiene-very-seriously...

Daily Mail: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3317316/Monkeys-food-hygi...

Chimpanzee biological contaminant avoidance:

EurekAlert!: https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-11/ku-wgo111717.php

Phys.org: https://phys.org/news/2017-11-grosses-chimpanzee.html

ScienceNewsline: http://www.sciencenewsline.com/news/2017111719190025.html

International Business Times: http://www.ibtimes.com/chimpanzees-show-disgust-towards-pathogen-contain...

Science alert: http://www.sciencealert.com/chimpanzees-grossed-out-disgust-response-pri...

TVN: http://trueviralnews.com/chimps-eat-poop-so-is-there-anything-that-actua...

Inverse Science: https://www.inverse.com/article/38583-chimpanzee-experiment-disgust-poop...

Hankyoreh (in Korean): http://www.hani.co.kr/arti/animalpeople/ecology_evolution/820143.html 



Section of Ecology & Conservation
Kyoto University Primate Research Institute
41-2 Kanrin, Inuyama, Aichi
484-8506 Japan