People

Yves Poirier | Joaquin Clua | Jules Deforges | Syndie Delessert | Yi-Fang Hsieh | Thi Ngoc Nga NGUYEN | Rodrigo Siqueira Reis | Pallavi Vetal
 

Yves Poirier

 
  • Born in Montreal in 1962

  • BSc in Biology, McGill University (Montreal)

  • PhD in Virology, McGill University

  • Associate Professor at the DBMV

  • Full Professor at the University of Lausanne since 2010

 

After doing my PhD on the biology of tumor induction by mammalian retroviruses, I went to study plant biology and Arabidopsis thaliana in the laboratory of Chris Somerville at Michigan State University and Carnegie Institution at Stanford (USA). I joined the University of Lausanne in 1995.

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Joaquin Clua

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  • Born in La Plata (Argentina) in 1985

 

  • Bachelor in Biotechnology and Molecular Biology, National University of La Plata

 

  • PhD in Biological Sciences, National University of La Plata

 

During my studies in Biotechnology and Molecular Biology, I was fascinated about plant molecular biology so I did a PhD in the laboratory of Maria Eugenia Zanetti and Flavio Blanco at IBBM-CONICET, studying the molecular mechanisms underlying the nitrogen-fixing symbiosis between Phaseolus vulgaris and Rhizobium etli. In May 2018 I joined Prof. Yves Poirier laboratory to study the phosphate sensing pathways in A. thaliana.

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Jules Deforges

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  • Born in Nantes (France) in 1987

 

  • Master in Cellular and Molecular Biology, Université Pierre et Marie Curie, (Paris-VI, France)

 

  • PhD on translation initiation in eukaryotes, LCRB, Université Paris Descartes (Paris-V)

 

After a first internship in a lab working on translation termination in eukaryotes, I did a PhD on the molecular mechanisms of translation initiation of HIV in the Dr. Sargueil's group in Paris. Then, I joined the lab of Pr. Yves Poirier in Lausanne, where I am now working on the regulation of translation by antisense RNAs in plants.

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Syndie Delessert

 
  • Born in Lausanne in 1976 (Suisse)

 

  • CFC, laboratory technician in biology, Nestec 1997 (Suisse)

I joined the Department in April 2003. I use my skills in molecular biology to generate and analyse transgenic plants and yeast. I participated in research themes of the laboratory, with more emphasis on the PHA project for the first 7 years. Coming to the lab has brought me further knowledge in biochemistry that enables me to investigate the metabolism of lipids and fatty acids, and the biosynthesis of the PHA polymer. The last years I work on the Biotin project. I am also in charge of creating and updating our website. Finally, since June 2013 I am COSEC and Biosafety Officier of our department.

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Yi-Fang Hsieh

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  • Born in Changhua (Taiwan) in 1988

 

  • BSc in Biochemical Science and Technology, National Taiwan University (Taiwan)

 

  • MSc in Brain Science, National Yang-Ming University (Taiwan)

 

After obtaining my master degree under the supervision of Dr. Irene Han-Juo Cheng, I worked in the laboratory of Dr. Paul Verslues in Academia Sinica (Taiwan) as a research assistant where I had explored the molecular mechanism of draught response in plants. In April 2016, I joined Prof. Yves Poirier laboratory for my PhD, characterizing the EXS domain in Arabidopsis thaliana.

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Thi Ngoc Nga NGUYEN

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  • Born in Hanoi (Vietnam) in 1987

 

  • Engineer in Bioengineering, Hanoi University of Science and  Technology (HUST) (Vietnam)

 

  • PhD in Plant Molecular Physiology, INRA Montpelier (France)
   

 

During three months of internship at laboratory of professor Hwang Inhwan (Pohang, South Korea) when I was following engineer program, I relied that plant science would be my interest. After my graduation, I decided to move to France to work on heavy metal tolerance in Arabidopsis. For my PhD training, I studied the functional expression of Plant defensin type 1 for zinc tolerance under supervision of prof. Pierre Berthomieu and dr. Françoise Gosti.
I joined the Poirier group in May 2014 to identify the PHO1 genes involved in phosphate transport and homeostasis in Medicago truncatula and its associated mycorrhizae.

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Rodrigo Siqueira Reis

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  • Born in Guiricema (Brazil) in 1982
  • BSc in Biochemistry, Federal University of Viçosa (Brazil)
  • MSc in Biochemistry, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)
  • PhD in Plant Molecular Biology, University of Sydney (Australia)

 

I moved from microbiology to plant science in 2010. Since then I’ve worked with silencing suppressors, small RNAs and the Arabidopsis miRNA pathway. In my PhD (University of Sydney) I studied the mechanism by which plants determine whether a miRNA guides transcript cleavage or translation inhibition of its targets. Also, proteomics as a tool for protein quantification has been either the core or an important part my research. In Yves Poirier’s group, the plan is to find out how a cis-NAT can enhance translation of its sense transcript.

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Pallavi Vetal

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  • Born in Maharashtra (India) in 1993

 

  • Integrated BS-MS in Biological Sciences, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER Bhopal, India)

 

After my masters, I worked as a project JRF in the laboratory of Dr. Anjan Banerjee in IISER Pune to explore the field of Plant Biology. There I was investigating the role of epigenetic regulators in potato tuberization. In May 2018, I joined Prof. Yves Poirier’s laboratory for my PhD, where I am studying the posttranslational regulation of PHO1 trafficking in A. thaliana.

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Group Leader

 

Prof. Yves Poirier
+41 21 692 42 22
Yves.Poirier@unil.ch

 

Post-Doc

 

Joaquin Clua
+41 21 692 42 39
joaquin.clua@unil.ch

 

Jules Deforges
+41 21 692 42 34
Jules.Deforges@unil.ch

 

Thi Ngoc Nga NGUYEN
+41 21 692 42 35
thingocnga.nguyen@unil.ch

 

Rodrigo Siqueira Reis
+41 21 692 42 39
Rodrigo.Siqueirareis@unil.ch

 

PhD Students

 

Yi-Fang Hsieh
+41 21 692 42 35
Yi-Fang.Hsieh@unil.ch

 

Pallavi Vetal
+41 21 692 42 39
pallavi.vetal@unil.ch

 

Staff

 

Syndie Delessert
+41 21 692 42 38
Syndie.Delessert@unil.ch

 

 

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