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Deborah Widmer - Masters Student

Deborah obtained her Bachelor of Biology from the University of Neuchâtel. She came to Lausanne to do a Masters in Conservation Biology and worked in the lab during October-December 2008 for a "First Steps Project".


Michael Reid - Post-doctoral Fellow

Michael worked with Irving T. Diamond at Duke University and then Robin Davis at Rutgers University on sensory encoding before completing his PhD research, also on sensory encoding, in Manfred Kössl's group at the Goethe Universität, Frankfurt. Michael specialises in characterising the physiological properties of sensory neurons with patch-clamp electrophysiology. He worked in the lab during 2008-2009 on heterologous functional expression of Ionotropic Receptors.


Alexandre Wicky - Summer Student

Alexandre worked with Ana Silbering during summer 2009 between the first and second year of his Bachelors degree in Biology at the University of Lausanne.


Cristina Leoni - Masters Student

Cristina obtained her Bachelors in Biology from the University of Lausanne in 2009. She started her Masters in Genomics and Experimental Biology in September 2009 and worked in the lab in autumn 2009 for a "First Steps Project".


Marion Graf - Technician

Marion worked in the lab during April-December 2009 for a "Stage" as part of her technician training.


Yael Grosjean - Post-doctoral Fellow

Yael performed his PhD research in the lab of Jean-Francois Ferveur, at the University of Burgundy, Dijon, studying the genetic control of courtship behaviour in Drosophila. Between 2004-2007 he worked with Dave Featherstone at the University of Illinois at Chicago, before joining the lab in October 2007. He took up a group leader position with the CNRS in Dijon in January 2010. Yael was awarded a CNRS Bronze Medal in 2012.


Ruichen Sun - Summer Undergraduate Research programme student

Ruichen is currently studying biomedical engineering at the Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, China. She was in the lab in July-August 2010 as part of the University of Lausanne Summer Undergraduate Research programme, during which she worked with Vincent Croset. Back in her college in China, Ruichen is doing biochemical research relating to platelet activation in Professor Kesheng Dai's lab. She returned to the lab as a visiting student during Feb-Mar 2011 to work with Raphael Rytz. She is currently enrolled in the Graduate School of Biological Sciences at UCSD, where she will pursue her doctoral thesis with Ralph Greenspan.


Jeanne De Lavallaz - Summer student

Jeanne obtained her Maturity in Burier High school in July 2010. She took part in a four-week lab research in the Weizmann Institute in Israel in July 2009 and worked occasionally during 2009-2010 in Christian Fankhauser's lab at the CIG. Before going to study medicine at the University of Fribourg, Jeanne worked in the lab with Michael Saina for six weeks in July-August 2010.

Jérôme Blanc - Technician

Jérôme worked in the lab from September 2010-June 2011 for a "stage" as part of his technician training course.

Jovana Plavsa - Summer Undergraduate Research programme student

Jovana worked the lab during July-August 2011 as part of the UNIL SUR programme, working with Anand Sivasubramaniam. She is currently studying at the University of Novi Sad, Serbia.

Romain Groux - Undergraduate Technical Assistant

Romain is currently in the second year of his Bachelors in Biology at the University of Lausanne, and provided ad hoc technical assistance in the lab during 2011-2012.

Yueying Wang - Summer Undergraduate Research programme student

Yueying is a student from Shaanxi Normal University in China, majoring in Biology. In Nov 2010, her team discovered the symmetry of insect herbivory patterns on Trifolium repens L. leaves. Since August 2011, she has been working as a research assistant in the Gene Therapy Laboratory of Shaanxi Normal University. She worked with Ana Silbering during July-August 2012 as part of the University of Lausanne Summer Undergraduate Research programme.



Flavio Angei - Masters Student

Flavio obtained his Bachelors in Biology from the University of Lausanne in 2011. He worked in the lab from February 2012 to Jan 2013 for his research project as part of his Masters in Medical Biology, working with Carol Gomez-Diaz. He is currently a Microbiologist at Johnson & Johnson.


Jaime Humberto Reina Copete - Research Assistant

Jaime Reina obtained his Master degree at the University of Geneva in 2005. During his PhD thesis in the laboratory of Nouria Hernandez at the Center for Integrative Genomics, he studied the role of the human Maf1 protein as a repressor of RNA polymerase III transcription. He received his PhD degree from the University of Lausanne in 2009. He worked on pheromone signaling in the lab from Feb 2010-April 2013, before joining Axonlab.

Vincent Croset - PhD Student

Vincent obtained his Bachelors in Biology in 2007 from the University of Lausanne. He joined the lab in February 2008 for a research project as part of his Masters in Genomics and Experimental Biology, for which he was awarded a "Prix de Faculté" from the Ecole de Biologie. He began his PhD research in the lab in February 2009. In May 2009, he was awarded an EMBO Short-Term Fellowship for research training in bioinformatics in Toby Gibson's group at EMBL. He was awarded a Boehringer Ingelheim PhD Fellowship in November 2009. Vincent successfully defended his thesis in April 2013. In July 2013, he joined Scott Waddell's lab at the University of Oxford for his post-doctoral training, supported by a SNF Post-Doctoral Fellowship.


Raphael Rytz - PhD Student

Raphael obtained his Masters in Biology with a major in Zoology in 2006 at the University of Bern. In his Diploma thesis at the Computational and Molecular Population Genetics lab, he studied the social dynamics in a free-living common vole population. He joined the lab for his PhD research in May 2008. Raphael was awarded a Roche Research Foundation Fellowship in September 2008. Raphael successfully defended his thesis in December 2012. He left the lab in June 2013 and now works as a Research Associate at the Federal Office of Public Health in Bern.



Rati Bell - PhD Student

Rati obtained her MSc from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, in 2007. Her research on the role of the thalamus on paired-associate memory was conducted with John Dalrymple-Alford and Larry Field of the Van der Veer Institute. Rati began her PhD research in the lab in August 2008, and she was awarded a fellowhip from the Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds in July 2009. Rati successfully defended her PhD thesis in July 2013. She is currently working as a science writer at the CERN.


Jane Yi - Masters Student

Jane received her bachelors in Biology with an emphasis in Neuroscience at the University of California Berkeley. Her previous work includes investigating the role of corticostriatal plasticity in abstract skill learning using ECoG microarrays. She is currently a masters student in Medical Biology at UNIL. Her first-steps project in our lab was to map the neural circuits of Drosophila under the supervision of Pavan Ramdya. She went on to do her Masters project with Paola Bezzi in the Department of Fundamental Neurosciences.



Vlad Panin - Visiting Professor

Vlad Panin obtained his PhD in Moscow State University in Russia. He worked for several years as a Research Scientist in two Academy of Science Institutes in Moscow (Engelghardt Institute of Molecular Biology and Institute of Gene Biology) studying gene regulation and neurogenetics using Drosophila and mouse systems. Vlad moved to the US and joined Ken Irvine's laboratory at Rutgers University as a Postdoctoral Research Associate in 1995. His postdoctoral project concentrated on revealing molecular and genetic mechanisms of glycosylation-mediated regulation of the Notch pathway in Drosophila. In 2002, he started his lab as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics at Texas A&M University in Texas, USA. He is currently an Associate Professor there. His current research interests are focused on the role of glycosylation in the regulation of the nervous system in Drosophila. He was hosted in our lab from Aug 2013-Jan 2014 to learn more about the fly olfactory system, supported by an SNF International Short Visit Grant.


Anand Sivasubramaniam - PhD Student

Anand obtained his BSc from University College London, where he did his research thesis in the lab of Stephen Hunt. He then went on to do his Msc in Charite Berlin where he worked in the lab of Gary Lewin. During the course of his studies he developed an interest in sensory transduction and pursued this field in our lab in the Drosophila chemosensory system. He left us in July 2014.


Carolina Gomez-Diaz - Post-doctoral Fellow

Carol obtained her Bachelors in Biology from the University of Oviedo. During her PhD thesis in Esther Alcorta's lab she studied genes involved in olfactory transduction of Drosophila melanogaster, receiving her PhD in 2009 from the University of Oviedo. Carol joined the lab in July 2009, in part supported by a fellowship from the Asturian Fellowship Foundation. She went on to a Research Assistantship at the University of Konstanz in 2014.



Michael Saina - Post-doctoral Fellow

Michael obtained his Masters in Biology from the Darmstadt University of Technology, Germany. He performed his PhD research at the Sars International Centre for Marine Molecular Biology in Bergen, Norway in the group of Ulrich Technau. He investigated the role of TGF-beta signalling during embryonic development of the sea anemone Nematostella vectensis. He worked in the lab during 2009-2014.



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