Group members

Snowshoeing excursion, Les Mosses, February 23, 2012.


Adem Bilican - PhD Student

Adem obtained his Masters degree in Bio-Informatics in 2009 at University Bordeaux 1 - France. He did a 6 months internship at BiGCaT Bioinformatics (Maastricht University - The Netherlands) where he worked on a pathway curation tool "PathVisio" and then he was employed for one and a half year at the same group as a scientific developer and worked on a web-based multi-omics platform project "Generic Study Capture Framework". He joined the group as a PhD student in January 2011.


Margarida Cardoso Moreira – Postdoctoral Fellow
Margarida did her PhD research under the supervision of Prof. Manyuan Long at the University of Chicago. Her research focused on the mutational and selective forces operating on polymorphic duplications and deletions (Copy Number Variation) in Drosophila. After completing her PhD in 2009, Margarida moved to Cornell University to work as a postdoctoral associate in the group of Prof. Andrew G. Clark. At Cornell she continued working on Copy Number Variation, focusing on the role these variants play in adaptation. Margarida joined the Kaessmann group in January 2013. She was initially supported by a Novartis Foundation grant and now has a Marie Curie postdoctoral fellowship.


Francesco Carelli - PhD Student

Francesco obtained his Master's degree in Medical
Biotechnology and Molecular Medicine at the University of
Bari (Italy) in 2010. For his thesis, he did a 1-year
internship in the group of Prof. Mario Ventura, working on
the structural and functional characterization of a primate
gene family. He joined the group as a PhD student in
September 2011.


Diego Cortez Quezada - Postdoctoral Fellow

Diego obtained his Master degree in Biology at the university of Mexico (UNAM) working with Arturo Becerra and Antonio Lazcano on the evolution of metabolic pathways in bacteria. Then, in 2005, he moved to France to start his PhD working with archaea in the BMGE lab at the Institut Pasteur and the Université Paris-Sud XI, campus Orsay. He worked with Patrick Forterre, Simonetta Gribaldo and Marie-Claude Serre to develop two projects: The first one focused on the evolution of integrative elements in archaeal genomes, and the second project established the presence of a Xer/dif system in archaea, using Pyrococcus abyssi as a model. Diego joined the lab as a postdoctoral fellow in April 2010.


Iris Finci - PhD Student

Iris Finci obtained her Master's degree in Molecular biology from the International Max Planck Research School at the University of Göttingen (Germany) in 2010. Afterwards, she did a 6 months internship in the group of Dr. Khaitovich at the PICB (Shanghai, China) working on the establishment of a protocol for polysome isolation. She joined the group as a PhD student in August 2011.


Franziska Gruhl - PhD Student

Franziska obtained her Masters degree in Molecular Biosciences in 2013 at the University of Heidelberg (Germany). She carried out her thesis in the lab of Jochen Wittbrodt where she analyzed the intestinal stem cell niche of the teleost fish Medaka (Oryzias latipes). From 2009-2011, she worked as a research associate in the lab of Laurence Ettwiller (COS Heidelberg) on the identification and in-vivo validation of cis-regulatory elements (enhancer). Franziska did two long-term internships with Detlev Arendt (EMBL Heidelberg) and Marcel Dinger (UQDI Brisbane, Australia) looking at the nervous system development of Platynereis dumerilii and lncRNAs in cell differentiation. She joined the lab as a PhD student in August 2013.


Katerina Guschanski - Postdoctoral Fellow

Katja obtained her PhD in 2009 at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology working in the group of Linda Vigilant on population genetics of wild mountain gorillas. She then worked as a postdoc at the Imperial College London looking at the factors affecting speciation in a group of African primates, the guenons. Katja joined the lab as a postdoctoral fellow in December 2010. Katja was awarded EMBO, Marie Curie and HFSP longterm postdoctoral fellowships in 2011.


Jean Halbert - Technician

Jean obtained his Master’s degree in Biology, Genetics and Immunology of Parasitic Infections at the University of Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris VI) in 2004. He then moved to the University of Glasgow (UK) to work as a research assistant and lab manager in the group of Prof. Christian Doerig, which relocated to the EPFL (Lausanne) in 2009. His work mainly focused on the reverse genetics analyses of the protein kinases of the human parasite Plasmodium falciparum. After 7 years of fruitful collaboration and two short contracts at the EPFL in the groups of Prof. Brisken and Prof. Lingner, Jean joined the Kaessmann group in February 2013.


Angélica Liechti - Technician

Angélica obtained her Masters degree in Medical Biology in Stephan Kellenberger’s lab at the University of Lausanne in 2009. During her Master thesis she worked on the proton binding site in acid-sensing ion channel 1a (ASIC1a). She joined the lab as lab technician at the end 2009.


Vivian Link - Masters Student

Vivian obtained her Bachelor degree in 2013 at the University of Lausanne. She joined our lab in February 2014 for her Masters project.


Ray Marin Florez - Postdoctoral Fellow

Ray obtained his MSc in Computational Chemistry in 2008 from the National University of Colombia, where he studied the specificity in the tRNA-aaRS recognition from a structural point of view. In 2008 he moved to the EPFL in Lausanne to start his PhD in computational biology under the supervision of Jiri Vanicek. In particular, he worked on the development ofhighly specific algorithms to predict genes regulated by microRNAs using the binding site accessibility and conservation to reduce the false discovery rate. Ray joined the lab as a postdoctoral fellow in October 2012.


Delphine Valloton - Technician

Delphine obtained her Master in Medical Biology in 2007, and her Ph.D. in Neurosciences in 2012, in the Department of Fundamental Neurosciences of the University of Lausanne, under the supervision of Dr. Cécile Lebrand. Her research focused on demonstrating the ventral origin, the postnatal fate and the transient guidepost function of early glial cells expressing Nkx2.1 in mouse embryonic brains. She joined Henrik Kaessmann's group as a lab technician in 2013.


Zhong-Yi Wang - PhD Student

Zhong-Yi obtained his Master's degree in Bioinformatics from the College of Life Science and Technology at the Huazhong Agricultural University (China) in 2012. Afterwards, he continued his research in the group of Prof. Hong-Yu Zhang for a year working on the project of rational drug repositioning by medical genetics. He then joined the Kaessmann group as a PhD student in September 2013.


Maria Warnefors - Postdoctoral Fellow

Maria received her MSc degree in Molecular Biology from Lund University in 2007, after spending her final year working on the regulatory evolution of a Drosophila Hox gene in the group of Claudio Alonso, University of Cambridge, UK. She then joined Adam Eyre-Walker's group at the University of Sussex, UK, to do a PhD on the evolution of human gene expression. Maria joined the group as a postdoctoral fellow in April 2011. Maria was awarded an EMBO longterm postdoctoral fellowship in 2011.


Previous group members

David Brawand - Postdoctoral Fellow
Fabien Burki - Ph.D. student
Jean-Vincent Chamary - Postdoctoral fellow
Isabelle Dupanloup - Postdoctoral fellow
Marie Fablet - Postdoctoral fellow
Laure Froidevaux - Technician
Joëlle Gervaix - Masters student
Max Ingman - Postdoctoral fellow
Philippe Julien - Postdoctoral Fellow
Frédéric Lemoine - Postdoctoral Fellow

Lionel Maquelin - Masters student
Ana Marques - Ph.D. student

Julien Meunier - Postdoctoral Fellow
Anamaria Necsulea - Postdoctoral Fellow
Sophie Nicod - Masters student
Lukasz Potrzebowski - PhD student
Lia Rosso - Postdoctoral fellow
Felipe Simao - Masters Student
Magali Soumillon - PhD Student
Nicolas Vinckenbosch - PhD student/Postdoctoral Fellow
Manuela Weier - Technician

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