Harari Lab members

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Naoill ABDELAOUI
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Technician
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Marion ARNAUD
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Postdoctoral researcher
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Research interest

I am currently managing the immune-monitoring analyses of the NeoTIL clinical trial in the group of Dr Alexandre Harari in the laboratory of Pr George Coukos. 

Background

I obtained a PhD in Personalized Cancer Immunotherapy from the University of Lausanne under the direction of Dr Alexandre Harari. During my PhD, I have worked on the development of NeoTIL, a novel strategy to generate adoptive cell transfer products for next-generation cellular immunotherapies.

Petra BAUMGARTNER
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Fabrizio BENEDETTI
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Bioinformatician
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Research interest

My interests cover computational methods applied to biology.

 

Background

PhD in biophysics at EPFL, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, in 2012. I have published research on the mechanics of proteins, the conformation of DNA, and chromatin. .I joined Dr Alexandre Harari's group in the laboratory of Pr George Coukos in 2018. 

Sara BOBISSE
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Research interest

As a senior scientist in the T cell discovery group of Dr Alexandre Harari in the laboratory of Pr George Coukos, I’m currently responsible for the high-throughput discovery and characterization of cellular immune responses directed against unknown, shared and private tumor epitopes and participate in the development of new adoptive cell therapy strategies. 

Background

After obtaining my Master’s in Medical Biotechnology in Padua and Molecular Biology, in Bologna, I undertook a PhD in Oncology at the University of Padua, which is where my first interest in T cell engineering, and clinically oriented immunotherapy protocols developed. I worked as researcher in diagnostic oncology (hereditary disorders) and immuno-oncology for 5 years at the Veneto Oncology Institute before joining the Department of oncology UNIL CHUV in 2013. As post-doctoral fellow, I developed new immunological assays, performed immunological monitoring for clinical studies and worked at the identification of personal tumor epitopes among patients.

Julien CESBRON
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Talita GEHRET
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Research interest

I am involved in developing a high-throughput platform to interrogate patients' immunity against private antigens and to identify highly functional T cells (and TCRs) for adoptive cell therapy (ACT). I also take part in the analysis of the immunological status and immune responses of patients enrolled in clinical studies.

 Background

I graduated from the HES-SO Valais where I obtained my Master’s in Life Sciences - Applied Biosciences. During my studies and especially during my master’s thesis, I constructed and analyzed the expression of CAR molecules intended for use in ACT. I am currently working as a biomedical analysis technician in the T cell discovery group of Dr Alexandre Harari in the laboratory of Pr George Coukos.

 

Johanna CHIFFELLE
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PhD student
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Research interest

Having a deep interest in understanding human health and disease, I started a PhD in 2019 under the direction of Dr Alexandre Harari. My project focusses on the dynamics and profiles of bulk and tumor-specific TILs in personalized cellular immunotherapy.

Background

Engineer in Life Sciences of the EPFL, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, specialized in molecular medicine and systems biology. Various experiences in laboratories developed my ability to work autonomously and to interact within multidisciplinary teams.

Raphael GENOLET
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Research interest

Since joining the T cell discovery group of Dr Alexandre Harari in the laboratory of Prof Coukos in 2013, I develop new molecular tools to analyze and characterize TCR.

Background

After a PhD in molecular biology at University of Lausanne in 2005, I moved to the CMU in Geneva to study the impact of rapamcyn on translation of oncogenes. In 2008, I joined the the Department of oncology in the laboratory of Pr Immanuel Luescher where I started to study CD8 T-cells and their receptor (TCR).

Philippe GUILLAUME
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Research interest

Design, engineering and application of pMHC class I and II molecules for the detection and isolation of antigen-specific T cells.

Background

I have a PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. In 1999, I joined the group of Dr Immanuel Luescher at the Lausanne Branch of Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research as a postdoctoral fellow and subsequently as assistant investigator and was the co-founder and co-manager of TCMetrix Ltd. I joined the Immune monitoring and discovery group of Dr Alexandre Harari in the laboratory of Pr George Coukos in 2016 as research associate and manager of the Peptide and Tetramer Core Facility (PTCF).

Sébastien LOFEK
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Research interest

The focus of my present research is to investigate the alterations of the immune fitness in cancer patients. With this aim, together with Selena Vigano, we have been establishing multiple immunological assays, as well as academic and industrial collaborations.

Background

I have a master's degree in Biology and Genetics. I worked in several laboratories specialized in Human Immunology (auto-immune disease, primary immunodeficiency, immuno-oncology) where I specialized my skills in flow cytometry, cellular biology and cell culture. 

Alexandra MICHEL
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Research interest

As a technician in the Immune monitoring and discovery group of Dr Alexandre Harari in the laboratory of Pr George Coukos, I closely interact with different scientists, analyse and discuss data aiming at the development of new assays with a special focus on TCR cloning.

Background

After obtaining my Master’s in Biochemistry at the University of Geneva in 1994, I worked for Glaxo and Serono Pharmaceutical Research Institute in the Chemokines and Functional Genomics fields where I acquired a variety of techniques in molecular and cellular biology. In 2007, after the acquisition of Serono by MERCK, I worked as Technology expert on antibody humanisation, optimisation and characterisation. Since joining the Department of oncology UNIL CHUV in 2013, I performed, validated and implemented cellular and molecular assays to interrogate T cells from clinical samples for research and in the context of clinical trials (immunological monitoring).

Baptiste MURGUES
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Rémy PETREMAND
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Research interest

I am interested in molecular biology, data sciences and the intersection between them to address relevant questions in cancer biology. I am currently doing my PhD under the direction of Dr Alexandre Harari which focuses on analyzing clinical data to better understand the dynamics of T-cell populations in tumors by developing new computational tools and data-driven models.

Background

I graduated from the EPFL, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne in 2020 in life science and technology with a minor in biocomputing during which I developed a deep understanding of genomics, oncology and computer sciences. I gained experience in single-cell RNA-sequencing analysis and developing statistical models during my master’s thesis at the University of Lausanne’s Department of computation biology and during an internship at Metadvice.

Lise QUEIROZ
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Blanca RODRIGO NAVARRO
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Research interest

Investigation and translational analyses of the neoantigen landscape in colon cancer.

Background

I obtained my MD from the Medical School at the University of Valencia in 2009. After completing my specialization in medical oncology in 2015, I obtained an ESMO translational research fellowship and joined the Immune monitoring and discovery group of Dr Alexandre Harari in the laboratory of Pr George Coukos. I am pursuing my translational and clinical research activities as MD-PhD student and as attending oncologist within the department's Service of immuno-oncology.

Damien SAUGY
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Research interest

I joined the the T cell discovery group of Dr Alexandre Harari in the laboratory of Pr George Coukos in 2020 to follow up with performing research projects in tumor immunology and participate to the development of new immunological assays. I contribute to the identification of tumor- and antigen-specific TCRs and at the automation of different screening approaches.

Christophe SAUVAGE
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Research interest

In 2020, I joined the Department of oncology where I experienced in bulk TCR sequencing and HLA typing in the T cell discovery group of Dr Alexandre Harari in the laboratory of Pr George Coukos. My main current interest concerns the execution and amelioration of innovative techniques (i.e. single cell RNA sequencing; TCR cloning and tests) in immuno-oncology with future clinical applications.

Background

In 2000, after getting my “Brevet de Technicien Supérieur” in biochemistry from Amiens, and a University degree in cell and tissue culture from animal and plant origin at Dijon, I started to work for different biotechnology companies. First as technician in an upstream small-scale bioreactor unit, and later as technician in a cell line development unit. This position involved the design and realization of cell & molecular biology experiments to generate high-producing cellular clone with high quality of protein of interest.

Julien SCHMIDT
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Research interest

New reagents to detect and characterize antigen-specific T cells.

Background

I gained my PhD in Chemical Biology at University of Montpellier. In 2009, I joined the Lausanne branch of the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research, as a member of laboratory of Pr Immanuel Luescher with whom I founded TCMetrix Ltd with Philippe Guillaume. I later joined the T cell discovery group of Dr Alexandre Harari in the laboratory of Pr George Coukos where I took on the management of the Peptide & Tetramer Core Facility (PTCF).

Selena VIGANO
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Research interest

The focus of my present research is to investigate the alterations of the immune fitness in cancer patients. With this aim, together with Sebastien Lofek, we have been establishing multiple immunological assays, as well as academic and industrial collaborations.

Background

After my Master’s in Medical Biotechnology at the San Raffaele University, Milan in 2013, I obtained my PhD at the University of Lausanne, under the direction of Pr Giuseppe Pantaleo. My doctoral work focused on HIV-1 immunology and primary immunodeficiency. I then became a postdoctoral fellow in Pr Xu Yu’s team at Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT and Harvard. I returned to the University of Lausanne working in the Romero Lab, in close collaboration with the Immunomonitoring core headed by Dr Alexandre Harari. My work focused on the development of immunomonitoring tools and the investigation of mechanisms lying behind efficacy of new immunotherapies developed in the context of multiple collaborative EU-supported consortiums. In 2019, I joined the T cell discovery group of Dr Alexandre Harari in the laboratory of Pr George Coukos as research associate within the Center for experimental therapeutics (CTE).

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Alexandre HARARI
Group leader
Human integrated tumor immunology discovery engine (Hi-TIDe)

Department of oncology UNIL CHUV
Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research Lausanne

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The Harari Lab is based at:

AGORA Cancer Research Centre
Rue du Bugnon 25A
CH-1005 Lausanne
Switzerland

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Ch. des Boveresses 155 - CH-1066 Epalinges
Switzerland
Tel. +41 21 692 59 92
Fax +41 21 692 59 95
Ludwig Cancer Research Université de Lausanne Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois (CHUV)