Current PhD Students

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More than 130 PhD students are currently enrolled at the Lemanic Neuroscience Doctoral School, conducting their research at three different universities, i.e. Lausanne, Geneva and Fribourg.


Name and Email Project Thesis Director
Abatis, Marios (UNIL) Electrophysiological correlates of memory and fear processing in the lateral amygdala Ron Stoop
Ackermann, Sandie (UNIL) Interventions on working memory in adolescents with ADHD: neuropsychological and brain imaging dimensions Michel Bader (co-supervised by E. Fornari)
Agirman, Gulistan (UNIGE) Genetic control of the cerebral cortex development Denis Jabaudon (co-supervised by Prof. Nguyen, U Liège)
Aícua Rapún, Irene (UNIL) Therapeutic drug monitoring of new generation antiepileptic drugs: concrete benefit, correlation with clinical effects and usefulness of saliva samples Jan Novy (co-supervised by A. Rossetti)
Allaman, Leslie (UNIGE) Neural resting-state interactions and off-line processing Adrian Guggisberg
Antico, Lia (UNIGE) Cross-modal and modality-specific networks for understanding others and their somatic states Corrado Corradi-Dell'Acqua
Archargui, Ridouane (UNIGE) Cellular diversity of the subthalamic nucleus in mice Christian Lüscher
Baez, Sebastian (UNIGE) Exploring the neural network of social emotions and its modulation in the ageing brain Patrik Vuilleumier
Bagnoud, Jeanne (UNIL) Automatization of counting procedures in children with dyscalculia Catherine Thevenot
Barra, Beatrice (UNIFR) Design and implementation of epidural electrical stimulation protocols of the cervical spinal cord for the restoration of arm paralysis in non-human primates Marco Capogrosso
Batzianouli, Eleni (UNIL) The transcranial Direct Current Stimulation on the enhancement of the efficacy of rehabilitative intervention for the treatment of Freezing of Gait in Parkinson’s disease David Benninger
Baumann, Natalia (UNIGE) Transcriptional program of neocortical neuron differentiation Denis Jabaudon
Baumeler, Denise (UNIGE) Mislocalisations in the absence of eye movements – compression vs. repulsion Sabine Born
Bawa, Tanika (UNIGE) The role of higher-order thalamic nuclei in sensory perception Anthony Holtmaat
Beck, Jonas (UNIFR) Deepening sleep by reactivation of hypnotic suggestions Björn Rasch
Belles Ano, Lidia (UNIGE) Investigating the neurobiological basis of impulsivity and decision-making and their relationships with drug-seeking in rats Nathalie Ginovart
Bernini, Adriano (UNIL) Modulation of cerebral metabolism after brain injury in humans Mauro Oddo
Bertoni, Tommaso (UNIL) Neural network models of multisensory integration in the peri-personal space, and their application to self-consciousness Andrea Serino
Blake, Yvonne (UNIL) Loss of Amygdala Inhibition as an Underlying Cause for Hyper-emotionality: A comparative analysis between patients with Alzheimer's and Urbach Wiethe Disease Ron Stoop
Blochet, Camille (UNIL) The role of caveolin-1 in blood brain barrier repair in stroke and traumatic brain injury: towards a general protective strategy for the neurovascular unit Lorenz Hirt
Bochet, Aurélie (UNIGE) Understanding the comorbidity between Autism Spectrum Disorders and Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder Marie Schaer
Bolmont, Mylène (UNIGE) Neurobiological approach of sexual desire Francesco Bianchi-Demicheli
Borgognon, Simon (UNIFR) Electro-chemical neuroprosthesis to promote functional recovery in macaque monkeys after incomplete spinal cord injury Eric Rouiller
Bourgeaux, Kevin (UNIL) Exploring neurovascular-neurometabolic couplings in the rodent cortex with incoherent optical techniques Pierre Marquet
Boutabla, Anissa (UNIGE) Multimodal restoration of vestibular function using the Geneva-Maastricht vestibular implant prototype. Angélica Perez Fornos
Brändli, Aaron (UNIL) Development and characterization of a subcortical stoke model in non-human primates for the development of neuroprostetics J. Bloch & G. Courtine
Briquet, Marc (UNIL) Investigations into the role of HCA1R in the hippocampus circuitry and functions in physiological or pathological conditions Jean-Yves Chatton
Cantonas, Lucia (UNIGE) Alteration of event related potentials and event related spectral perturbation in schizophrenia and ADHD Christoph Michel
Carboni, Margherita (UNIGE) Directed Brain Functional Connectivity alterations in patients with extra-temporal lobe epilepsy Serge Vulliémoz
Cardis, Romain (UNIL) Sleep structure and stability in mouse models of chronic pain Anita Lüthi
Carlson, Heather (UNIGE) The Effects of Scents on Neural Networks Patrik Vuilleumier
Carruzzo, Fabien (UNIGE) Dysfunctional Reward Anticipation as a Neurobehavioral Marker for the Motivational Negative Symptoms of Schizophrenia Stefan Kaiser
Clerke, Joseph (UNIL) Reorganization of habenular output connectivity during cocaine withdrawal Manuel Mameli
Ciobanu, Alina (UNIGE) The effects of action video-games on the processing of attended and unattended emotional stimuli Daphne Bavelier
Combertaldi, Selina (UNIFR) Pre-sleep activation: Does activation of embodied sleep/wake memories before sleep affect subsequent sleep architecture and cognitive functioning? Björn Rasch
Conrad, Mireille (UNIGE) Energetic efficiency of information transfer at synapses Renaud Jolivet
Contestabile, Alessandro (UNIGE) The impact of sensory processing on social motivation in ASD animal models Camilla Bellone



Name and Email Project Thesis Director
De Castro Abrantes, Haissa (UNIL) Lactate as a metabolic substrate and modulator of network: evaluating the role of receptor-mediated mechanisms in the context of physiological and pathological neuronal excitability Jean-Yves Chatton
Debracque, Coralie (UNIGE) Evolutionary approach to emotion using affective prosody and functional Near Infrared Spectroscopy Grandjean, Didier
Denervaud, Solange (UNIGE) Study of the impact of learning environment on the cognitive-emotional competencies development children from 5 to 13 years old, with an emphasis on the Montessori method Edouard Gentaz
Di Muccio, Francesco (UNIL) Physical activity and sustained attention: an electro-cortical approach J. Barral & C. Brandner
Dimiziani, Andrea (UNIGE) The role of impulsivity and anxiety sensitivity as predisposing factors to cocaine and cannabinoid abuse: investigating the predictive value of D2 and GABAA-benzodiazepine receptor densities using SPECT neuroimaging Nathalie Ginovart
Dirupo, Giada (UNIGE) Cognitive and neural systems for understanding others and their somatic states Corrado Corradi-Dell'Acqua
Dubourg, Lydia (UNIGE) The reward system and negative symptoms in the 22q11.2 deletion syndrome: behavioral outputs and brain substrates Stephan Eliez
Espinosa, Pedro (UNIGE) How GABAergic transmission could influence ventral tegmental area neuronal activity during postnatal development and their consequences in reward process Camilla Bellone
Falahi, Mohsen (UNIGE) Golf Theory: a geometrical modeling approach to decision processes Kerstin Preuschoff
Faulmann, Igor (UNIGE) Cognitive-spatial maps in healthy and clinical populations Roland Maurer
Fernandez, Aurore (UNIL) Investigating stress, emotional and sensory profiles in patients with neuropathic pain Marc Suter
Filippova, Aleksandra (UNIGE) Development of hydrogel-based transplantable scaffolds for reconstruction of nigrostriatal pathways within Parkinson’s disease. Thomas Braschler
Fodoulian, Léon (UNIGE) Genetic and neurophysiological dissection of the neuronal diversity found in the endopiriform/claustrum complex Ivan Rodriguez
Gastaldo, Denise (UNIL) The role of Cyfip1-deficient microglia in ASD and SCZ pathogenesis Claudia Bagni
Gaviria, Julian (UNIGE) Neural correlates of emotion regulation - A dynamical-functional connectivity approach Patrik Vuilleumier
Gercek, Berk (UNIGE) Integrating the effect of constraints on neural development in theoretical models of the brain Alexandre Pouget
Giangreco, Basilio (UNIL) Modeling Schizophrenia with induced Pluripotent Stem Cells technology Kim Do
Gomez Teijeiro, Lucia (UNIGE) Investigating the role of the 5HT3A receptor in cortical interneuron subtype development Alexandre Dayer
Gouelle, Cathy (UNIL) Subcellular localization, translocation and trafficking of the neuronal monocarboxylate transporter MCT2: their implications on synaptic transmission Luc Pellerin
Grisendi, Tiffany (UNIL) Emotional sounds in space Stephanie Clarke
Guiraud, Laetitia (UNIL) Role of the CREB coactivator CRTC1 in mood disorders and antidepressant response Jean-René Cardinaux
Gyger, Lucien (UNIL) Effect of in vivo hippocampal neurogenesis on memory in humans Bogdan Draganski
Habiby Alaoui, Selim (UNIGE) Orbitofrontal cortex, reality filtering and decision making Armin Schnider
Hadjas,Lotfi (UNIGE) Neuronal mechanism of compulsion in obsessive-compulsive disorders and addiction Linda Simmler & Christian Lüscher
Harada, Masaya (UNIGE) Neural basis of addiction vulnerability Christian Lüscher
Ho, Andy (UNIGE) Functional Organization of Cortical Microcircuits in Gray Mouse Lemur Daniel Huber
Hovsepyan, Sevada (UNIGE) A computational role for cortical oscillations in speech predictive coding Anne-Lise Giraud
Huber, Chieko (UNIGE) Microendoscopic imaging of functional responses of endopiriform/claustrum neurons during behavior Alan Carleton
Jadhav, Kshitij (UNIL) A preclinical test of efficacy of baclofen treatment in rats selected for their vulnerability to lose control over alcohol intake Benjamin Boutrel
Jaquerod, Manon (UNIL) Association of sleep patterns with risk and social preferences Alessandro Villa
Joëssel, Augustin (UNIGE) Understanding the placebo effect in perceptual learning : Dissociating the influence of treatment, motivation and expectation on training outcomes Daphné Bavelier
Katsioudi, Georgia (UNIL) Studying molecular mechanisms and physiological cues underlying rhythmic translation David Gatfield
Kikuchi, Toko (UNIL)   Andrea Volterra
Kircher, Noemie (UNIL) Study of pupil light response as an indicator of retinal function Corinne Kostic
Kiss-Bodolay, Daniel (UNIGE) Investigating plasticity in the medial prefrontal cortex in a mouse model of anxiety Anthony Holtmaat
Klaassen, Arndt-Lucas (UNIFR) The role of the basal forebrain and neocortical regions in sleep dependent memory consolidation Gregor Rainer
Kojovic, Nada (UNIGE) Neurodevelopmental trajectories in preschoolers with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Marie Schaer
Konik, Stephanie (UNIL) Multisensory and motor components of upper limb representation: evidence from brain lesions. Andrea Serino



Name and Email Project Thesis Director
Lavalley, Adrian (UNIGE) Transcriptional control of axonogenesis in developing corticospinal neurons after spinal cord injury Denis Jabaudon
Lee, Kok Sin (UNIGE) Morphological characterization of paralemniscal synapses and synaptic plasticity in L1 Anthony Holtmaat
Legendre, Guillaume (UNIGE) How deep is your sleeping mind? Unravelling the extent of information processing during sleep Sophie Schwartz
Leone, Roberta (UNIGE) Functional dissection of neuronal classes and microcircuit dynamics of the endopiriform nucleus/claustrum Alan Carleton
Lo Guidice, Quentin (UNIGE) Transcriptional control of neuronal specification and axon guidance D. Jabaudon & P. Favre
Madsen, Sofia (UNIL) The role of lipid droplets in neural stem cells Marlen Knobloch
Mariano, Vittoria (UNIL) Shared neuronal circuits and molecular mechanisms in autism and schizophrenia Claudia Bagni
Marin Bosch, Blanca (UNIGE) Effect of Physical Exercise on Memory Sophie Schwartz
Mastria, Giulio (UNIL) Plasticity in the multisensory representation of the hand following stroke Andrea Serino
Modenato, Claudia (UNIL) Neuropsychological and neuroanatomical correlates of chromosome 1q.21.1 rearrangements Bogdan Draganski
Monnor, Teerawat (UNIGE) A Co-Implementation of the Projective Consciousness Model and Virtual Reality for Quantitative Studies and Prediction of Emotion: An Investigation of Emotional Responses to Stressors David Rudrauf
Moyne, Maeva (UNIGE) Enhancing sleep dependent consolidation by non-invasive brain stimulation to boost motor skill acquisition in individuals after stroke and healthy old subjects F. Hummel & S. Schwartz
Mullier, Emeline (UNIL) Quantitative characterization of the structural disconnection syndrome of schizophrenia as a function of disease progression Patrik Hagmann
Nacher-Soler, German (UNIGE) Experimental prevention of cisplatin-induced ototoxicity through molecular targeting of NADPH oxidase activity Alan Carleton
Mutel, Sophie (UNIGE) Probing the function of the endopiriform/claustrum complex using optogenetic and chemogenetic tools Pascal Senn
Nannoni, Stefania (UNIL) Clinical, physiological and radiological predictors of collaterals, salvageable and saved tissue on multimodal CT in acute ischemic stroke Patrik Michel
Nguyen, Anh (UNIGE) New treatments for induction of motor plasticity after stroke Adrian Guggisberg
Nguyen, Nam (UNIL) Differentiation of several types of mental transformation of spatial information: Cognitive processes and neurobiological correlates Catherine Brandner
Nicolle, Johanna (UNIGE) Mécanismes d’intégration et de décodage de la parole : études en psychophysique chez le sujet sain, dyslexique et autiste Anne-Lise Giraud
Notter, Michael (UNIL) Development and Validation of Functional Retinal MRI (frMRI) Micah Murray & Jean-Philippe Thiran
Nunes, Caroline (UNIL) An integrated interdisciplinary approach to animal-free chemical and nanomaterial safety assessment Luc Pellerin & Marie-Gabrielle Zurich
Nuño Perez, Alvaro (UNIL) Input-specific segregation of synaptic determinants in the lateral habenula Manuel Mameli
Oberst, Polina (UNIGE) Genetic mechanisms underlying the development of cortical projection neurons Denis Jabaudon
Olfat, Soophie(UNIL) Mechanism of trophic signaling in nigrostriatal dopaminergic neurons mediated by terminally-administered GDNF gene delivery in selectively targeted neuronal subtypes Liliane Tenenbaum
Osorio Forero, Alejandro (UNIL) Neuronal mechanisms of the infraslow oscillation during non-rem sleep in mouse Anita Lüthi
Padmasola, Guru (UNIGE) Decreasing susceptibility of the epileptic networks by suppression of fast ripples in a mouse model of temporal lobe epilepsy Christoph Michel
Pagnotta, Mattia (UNIFR) Dynamic reorganization of cortical interactions under changing task demands Gijs Plomp
Patel, Nisheet (UNIGE) Alexandre Pouget
Peek, Lukas (UNIGE) Strengthening residual unconscious processing with fMRI based neurofeedback to regulate visual awareness Patrik Vuilleumier
Peng, Zhong (UNIL) Structure and function study of ASIC sensitization by H2S Stephan Kellenberger
Philippides, Antoine (UNIGE) Structural correlates of neuroprosthetic control Daniel Huber
Piguet, Olivia (UNIL) Postnatal development and plasticity of the monkey entorhinal cortex Pierre Lavenex
Possovre, Marie-Laure (UNIL) Narcolepsie et Sommeil Mehdi Tafti
Prévost-Solié, Clément (UNIGE) Parsing social motivation in ASDs using freely-moving mice Camilla Bellone
Prionisti, Ioanna (UNIGE) New approaches and delivery methods for the treatment of glioblastoma through brachytherapy Renaud Jolivet & Leo Bühler
Qiao, Emilie (UNIGE) The influence of positive emotions on mental processing Patrik Vuilleumier
Regio, Sara (UNIL) Viral-Mediated Gene Repair for Huntington’s disease Nicole Deglon
Rey, Elodie (UNIGE) Mapping of functional synaptic connections in higher-order thalamocortical feedback circuits Anthony Holtmaat
Richard, Jeanne (UNIL) Affective and cognitive functioning in relation to food intake D. Sander & G. Coppin
Rothenfusser, Kaspar (UNIL) Développement d’une technique de tomographie holographique pour l’exploration de la dynamique tridimensionnelle des cellules neurales à l’échelle nanométrique : perspectives pour l’identification de biomarqueurs cellulaires des troubles psychiques Pierre Marquet



M. Knobloch & M. Tafti

Name and Email Project Thesis Director
Sa de Almeida, Joana (UNIGE) Building the path to resilience in preterm infants: a neuroimaging investigation of the brain structural effects of an environmental intervention (music) in preterm infants Petra Hüppi
Salem-Garcia, Nahuel (UNIGE) Computational and neural aspects of uncertainty in decision-making Patrik Vuilleumier
Sanabria Diaz, Gretel (UNIL) Tracking pathophysiological process in Alzheimer’s disease through structural and functional brain topological patterns Ferath Kherif
Sandini, Corrado (UNIGE) Multimodal Longitudinal Investigation of Neurodevelopmental Connectivity Alterations Relevant to the Emergence of Psychosis in 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome Stephan Eliez
Schaerlaeken, Simon (UNIGE) Impact of gesture and conceptual metaphor dynamics on the production and perception of musical emotions Didier Grandjean
Simonet, Marie (UNIL) Electrocortical dynamics of activation/inhibition processes involved in motor control/observation in patients with spinal cord injury Jérôme Barral
Skupienski, Radek (UNIL) Redox dysregulation in schizophrenia: development of novel peptide-based drugs Kim Do
Solanelles, Laura (UNIL) Identification of the molecular code for post-natal Granule Cells and Molecular Layer Interneurons differentiation and circuit assembly Ludovic Telley
Stephan, Aurélie (UNIL) Caracterization of Focal Dystonia in the Complex Regional Pain Syndrome David Benninger
Suarez Ramirez, Paola (UNIL) Early biomarkers in children at risk for ASD Nadia Chabane & Micah Murray
Sudria Lopez, Daniel (UNIL) The role of lipid metabolism in human brain development M. Knobloch
Tautvydaite, Domilè (UNIGE) Reality Filtering and Encoding in Human Memory Armin Schnider
Thenaisie, Yohann (UNIGE) Brain-controlled neuromodulation of the brain and spinal cord to alleviate gait deficits in Parkinson's disease J. Bloch & G. Courtine
Thoeni, Sarah (UNIGE) Investigation of synaptic alterations in a mouse model of anorexia Christian Lüscher
Tivadar, Ruxandra (UNIL) Multisensory Approaches to Restore Visual Function Micah Murray
Tomasello, Ugo (UNIGE) Role of microRNA 137 in cortical circuit formation Alexandre Dayer
Triana Del Rio, Rodrigo (UNIL) Oxytocin as a key factor in the behavioral and psychological symptoms of Alzheimer's disease Ron Stoop
Tsartsalis, Stergios (UNIGE) Studying the neurochemical determinants of antipsychotic efficacy and side effect profile: a translational dopamine d2 and serotonin 2a receptor neuroimaging approach Philippe Millet
Turoman, Nora (UNIL) Early multisensory attention as a foundation for learning in multicultural Switzerland Micah Murray (supervised by P. Matusz)


Udry, Florian (UNIL) Modelling retinal diseases using mouse and human pluripotent stem cells Yvan Arsenijevic
Vachey, Gabriel (UNIL) Genome editing for Huntington’s disease Nicole Déglon
Van Poppel, Eva (UNIFR) Oscillatory mechanisms of memory retention and reactivation during sleep Björn Rasch
Vantomme, Gil (UNIL) Functional characterization of cortical and subcortical afferents to the thalamic reticular nucleus Anita Lüthi
Vasa, Louise (UNIL) Understanding the role of attention in visual rehabilitation: Amblyopia as a model M. Murray & P. Matusz
Viale, Beatrice (UNIGE) Role of WNT signaling in the development of mammalian cerebral cortex Petra Hüppi
Wang, Xiaoyue (UNIGE) Dynamic mapping of acoustic signals to distinct phoneme in ASD: From speech coding to meaning access Anne-Lise Giraud
Wellbourne-Wood, Joel (UNIL) Investigations into the role of astrocytes in the dynamic regulation of potassium homeostasis during physiological and epileptiform neuronal activity Jean-Yves Chatton
Wicht, Corentin (UNIL) Deception and the Placebo effect Christine Mohr
Yanguez Escalera, Marc (UNIGE) Physical activity and children’s executive functions: can motivation moderate or mediate this relationship? Julien Chanal
Yuzgec, Ozge (UNIGE) From single cells to networks: offline skill learning in the motor cortex Daniel Huber
Zabiegalov, Oleksandr (UNIL) Derivation of retinal organoids with correct number and structure of Müller glia generated from human and mouse pluripotent cells Yvan Arsenijevic
Zehnder, Tamara (UNIL) Role of Astrocytes in 22q11 deletion syndrome Paola Bezzi
Zeugin, David (UNIL) The neural basis of visuo-motor control Silvio Ionta
Zewdie, Seblewongel (UNIGE) The Genetics and Epigenetics of Impulsivity Related Phenotypes Alexandre Dayer
Zimmermann, Robert (UNIGE) Spatial representation in primate brain Daniel Huber


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