Sophie Martin, associate professor

Sophie Martin earned her Diploma in 1999 from the UNIL for her study of chromatin organization in the laboratory of Dr Susan Gasser at the Swiss Institute for Experimental Cancer Research (ISREC). She then joined the group of Dr Daniel St Johnston at the Wellcome/CR UK Gurdon Institute to study the molecular mechanisms of cell polarization and mRNA localization using Drosophila as model system and received her PhD in 2003 from the University of Cambridge. She obtained postdoctoral training in the laboratory of Dr Fred Chang at Columbia University in New York, studying cell polarization and the cytoskeleton in the fission yeast. In 2007, she joined the Center for Integrative Genomics at the University of Lausanne as a Swiss National Science Foundation Professor. She was appointed Associate Professor at the DMF in 2010. In 2009, she was elected as an EMBO Young Investigator, in 2012 she received the WICB Junior Award from the American Society for Cell Biology, and in 2014 the Friedrich Miescher award.


Brief CV

Born 19th October 1975
Married, two children born in 2007 and 2010 

Professional path

2010: Associate Professor at the Department of Fundamental Microbiology, University of Lausanne

2007-2010: Assistant Professor SNF (Prof boursier) at the Center for Integrative Genomics, University of Lausanne

2003-2007: Postdoctoral training at Columbia University, New York, USA

Advisor: Dr Fred Chang, Department of Microbiology,
Subject: Microtubule-actin interactions in the fission yeast Schizosaccharomyces pombe

2003: PhD from the University of Cambridge, UK

Advisor: Dr Daniel St Johnston, The Wellcome Trust / Cancer Research UK Gurdon Institute, Cambridge
Subject: Molecular and genetic analysis of cell polarisation, mRNA localisation and axis formation during Drosophila oogenesis

1998: Diploma in Biology from the University of Lausanne

Advisor: Dr Susan Gasser, Swiss Institute for Experimental Cancer Research (ISREC)
Subject: Role of Ku proteins in nuclear organization and silencing in Saccharomyces cerevisiae

1997: Degree in Biology from the University of Lausanne

Certificates in cellular biochemistry and molecular immunology
3rd year of BA spent at University of Zurich



BSc1: Diversité du Vivant - les protistes

BSc2: Génétique des modèles eucaryotes - les levures (lecture and practicals)

Bsc3: Cell Division: where, when, how? (lecture and practicals)
         Coordinator of the module "The Dynamic Cell"

Master MLS: Cytoskeleton and morphogenesis

Master MLS: Tutor for write a review / write a fellowship class

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See here for publication list



You will find here Sophie's ASCB award assay


You can also find a portrait of Sophie Martin here (in French)

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