Petrova Lab members

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Céline BEAUVERD

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Technician
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Research interest

As a lab technician I am in charge of maintaining the laboratory’s animal colonies and their genotyping. I also perform immunostaining of tissue sections and ELISA immunoassays.

Background

I obtained a CFC from Biokema, Lausanne as laboratory technician in biology in 1999. I worked in Pr Pedro Romero’s laboratory in the Department of oncology from 2000 to 2011, and joined Pr Tatiana Petrova’s laboratory in 2012.

Jeremiah BERNIER-LATMANI
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Senior research associate
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Research interest 

I work on mechanisms of blood and lymphatic vessel patterning and function in the normal intestine and colorectal cancer.

Background

  • PhD- University of Lausanne, Switzerland
  • MSc- Oregon State University, USA
  • BS- University of Oregon, USA
Ludivine BERSIER
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MD PhD student
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Research interest 

I am working on characterizing the microenvironment of colorectal cancer and its responses to therapies. 

Background

I obtained my medical degree from the University of Lausanne in 2020. Guided by my interest in fundamental research in oncology, I joined the laboratory of Pr Tatiana Petrova as an MD-PhD student in 2021. I am a recipient of Swiss National foundation MD-PhD fellowship.

Suzel DAVANTURE
 

Technician
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Marylou FAVRE
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Research interest 

As a lab manager, I perform a wide range of duties and tasks related to overseeing the operations of the laboratory. I am responsible for the inventory monitoring and supplies ordering, as well as the equipment maintenance. As a technician, I work on different vascular biology experiments and projects.

Background

I graduated with my CFC of Biology Laboratory Assistant in 2018, and then obtained my Advanced Federal Diploma of Higher Education as a Registered Biomedical Scientist in 2020, from the ESSanté school in Lausanne, Switzerland. I then worked in the Oncogenomics Laboratory at Lausanne University Hospital for one year before joining Pr Petrova’s group as a lab manager and research technician in 2021

Jaeryung KIM
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HFSP Postdoctoral fellow
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Research interest 

Organotypic specialization and function of lymphatic vessels.

Background

  • MD and MSc at the School of Medicine, Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU), Seoul.
  • Residency in ophthalmology at the Samsung Medical Center, SKKU, Seoul.
  • PhD at the Graduate School of Medical Science and Engineering, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), Daejeon.
Anna KÖCK
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PhD student
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Research interest 

My thesis project focused on protein degradation in lung cancer as a therapeutic approach. As a PhD student I currently work on the crosstalk of endothelial cells and the perivascular niche in adipose tissue.

Background

I received my Master’s degree in Molecular Biotechnology at the University of Applied Sciences Vienna. I joined the laboratory of Pr Tatiana Petrova in 2021.

Alejandra LOYOLA GONZALEZ
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Postdoctoral researcher
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Research interest 

I am studying how lymphatic vessels (LVs) regulate body homeostasis and how to modulate their function in immunity and inflammation, using a model of lymphedema. 

Background

I undertook my PhD at the Spanish National Cancer Research Center (CNIO). This gave me a particularly strong foundations in cellular and molecular biology and animal models of cancer. For my postdoc, I joined Pr Tatiana Petrova's laboratory where I have been investigating the field of lymphatic biology with a special interest in the local and systemic effects that defective lymphatic vessels have in our body. I have also contributed to the discovery of the efficacy of anti-angiogenic immunotherapy in inhibiting the progression of chemoresistant and desmoplastic colorectal cancers.

Samanta MAHFOUD
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PhD student
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Research interest 

Our research focuses on understanding the tumor microenvironment and how therapy affects the different stromal cells in context of colorectal cancer.

Background

I undertook my studies at the Lebanese University, Beirut. I hold a Master’s in Genomics and Health, for which I did the practical work in Montpellier, mainly focusing on gene expression regulation in the context of breast cancer. I joined Pr Tatiana Petrova’s laboratory in 2019 to do my PhD.

Silvia MOURA ARROZ NOBRE MADEIRA
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HFSP Postdoctoral fellow
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Research interest 

I joined Pr Tatiana Petrova’s laboratory in 2020 to work on understanding the relationships between immune and endothelial cells in setting up immune responses.

Background

After performing my undergraduate studies and master’s at the University of Coimbra, Portugal I undertook my PhD at the Instituto de Medicina Molecular, Lisbon on the subject of how environmental cues, such as nutrition and neuronal cues, impact immune cell development and function.

Irena ROCI
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Research interest 

My research interests lie in the field of tumor metabolism. I am particularly interested in investigating metabolic signalling in blood and lymphatic endothelial cells during normal and pathological vessel expansion.

Background

I have worked in the cancer metabolomics field for over 8 years. During this time, I have performed LC-MS based metabolomics to characterize the metabolism of normal and cancer cells, and have used computational tools to analyze metabolomics data, and molecular and cell biology approaches to validate findings. In some of these studies, I have mapped metabolism in different cell cycle phases, and normal vs cancer cells to identify enzymes that can make cancer cells vulnerable to targeting. Among the interesting enzymes selected from these studies, I have followed-up on Arginase II (ARG2), which is a potential vulnerability for triple negative breast cancer cells. I have also worked with custom cell culture medium, and I have done some work to develop a plasma-like medium to grow cells in physiological-like conditions.

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Amélie SABINE
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Senior research associate
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Research interest 

My general research interests are in vascular biology and, in particular, endothelial cells, understanding their adaptation to different organ functions and their dysfunction in pathological conditions.

Background

I graduated in 2004 with a Master’s in Molecular and Cellular Biology, and obtained my PhD at the Ecole Normale Supérieure (Lyon, France) in 2008 in endothelial cell biology. I joined Pr Tatiana Petrova’s laboratory in 2009 to do a postdoc on lymphatic vessels. I now pursue my scientific journey, in blood and lymphatic vessels, as a senior scientist.

Cansaran SAYGILI DEMIR
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Research interest 

I am pursuing my research as a postdoc with a focus on deciphering  the link of mechanotrasnduction with molecular mechanisms of lymphatic vascular maintenance and repair.

Background

I obtained my Master's degree in Biology at the Middle East Technical University, Ankara. I joined Pr Tatiana Petrova’s laboratory in 2013 as a PhD student and studied biomechanical response of lymphatic endothelial cells.

Tania WYSS LOZANO HOYOS
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Bioinformatician
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Research interest 

I analyse bioinformatics data generated by the members of the Petrova Lab.

Background

I originally trained as a plant and molecular biologist at the University of Lausanne. I went on to do a PhD at the University of Miami about the interactions between pines and mycorrhizal fungi, by running field experiments under the hot Florida sun in the USA. Back in Switzerland, but this time in the wet lab, I held a postdoc position investigating the genetics of fungi and learned to analyze data generated by next generation sequencing techniques. I enjoyed learning about bioinformatics so much that a new career path opened up.

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Tatiana PETROVA
Associate Professor
Ludwig adjunct scientist

Laboratory T. Petrova

Deputy Director, Fundamental research

Department of oncology UNIL CHUV
Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research Lausanne

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Phone +41 21 314 29 68
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The Petrova Lab is based at:

Centre de Laboratoire Epalinges (CLE)
Ch. des Boveresses 155
CH-1066 Epalinges
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)