Annabel Desgrées du Loû is a Director of Research in Demography at the Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD).

After studying biology at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris, she completed a thesis in demography on the impact of vaccinations on the health and mortality of children in Africa. Recruited then at the IRD, she conducted research on demographic and social issues in several fields of health: family planning, prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV/AIDS, HIV/AIDS prevention in vulnerable populations, the place of the disease in the migration process. Drawing on her dual training in biology and social sciences, she favours a multidisciplinary approach to health issues.

Currently working at the Population and Development Centre in Paris (CEPED, UMR IRD-University Paris Descartes), she is a member of the Scientific Committee of IRD and a member of the Committee for the Monitoring and Anticipation of Health Risks (COVARS).