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
Archargui, Ridouane (UNIGE) Cellular diversity of the subthalamic nucleus in mice Christian Lüscher
Ackermann, Sandie (UNIL) Interventions on working memory in adolescents with ADHD: neuropsychological and brain imaging dimensions Michel Bader (co-supervised by E. Fornari)
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
Antypa, Despina (UNIGE) Emotion & Stress Effects to Memory Patrik Vuilleumier
Armida, Jan (UNIL) Axon guidance in the D. melanogaster olfactory system Richard Benton
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
Barbosa, Catia (UNIL) Temporal structure in auditory perception: auditory-motor interaction Stephanie Clarke
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
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
Bindocci, Erika (UNIL) Development of new imaging methodologies to study neuron-glia interaction Andrea Volterra
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
Bolmont, Mylène (UNIGE) Neurobiological approach of sexual desire Francesco Bianchi-Demicheli
Bonardi, Claudia (UNIGE) Cholinergic modulation of the motor cortex during goal-directed reaching movement Daniel Huber
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
Bouthour, Walid (UNIGE) Identification of electrophysiological biomarkers for PD and OCD in the STN Christian Lüscher
Buchard, Albert (UNIGE) What role do statistical learning mechanisms play in developmental dyslexia? A behavioral, computational and EEG approach Daphne Bavelier
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
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
Constanthin, Paul (UNIGE) Role of erythropoietin signaling in the development and lesion induced plasticity of the mammalian cerebral cortex Jozsef Kiss
Contestabile, Alessandro (UNIGE) The impact of sensory processing on social motivation in ASD animal models Camilla Bellone
Corre, Julie (UNIGE) Neuropsychiatry of addiction Christian Lüscher



Name and Email Project Thesis Director
De Araujo Salgado, Isabel (UNIFR) Cortical circuits integrating bodily resources and the production of behavior Christophe Lamy
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
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
Guex, Raphael (UNIGE) Functional specialization of the human amygdala in emotional processing Patrik Vuilleumier
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
Hoekstra, Marieke (UNIL) Unravelling the mechanisms underlying the link between clock genes and sleep homeostasis Paul Franken
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
Iannotti, Giannarita (UNIGE) Deeper insight in epilepsy: associative functional brain areas and negative BOLD Christoph Michel
Ischer, Matthieu (UNIGE) Psychological and cerebral processes implicated in emotional attention for odors David Sander
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
Kompotis, Konstantinos (UNIL) Rhythmic stimulation of the thalamocortical circuitry in mice and its effects on sleep homeostasis Paul Franken



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
Limoni, Greta (UNIGE) Investigating the role of the cation-chloride cotransporter KCC2 in developmental and adult synaptic plasticity Laszlo Vutskits
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
Martin, Sandra (UNIL) Effect of gene dosage on cognitive and behavioral traits in individuals carrying a 16p11.2 rearrangement Sebastien Jacquemont & Bogdan Draganski
Mergiya, Tadiwos (UNIL) Recruitment of astrocytes in memory-associated circuit operations: in vitro and in vivo aspects Andrea Volterra
Modenato, Claudia (UNIL) Neuropsychological and neuroanatomical correlates of chromosome 1q.21.1 rearrangements Bogdan Draganski
Mullier, Emeline (UNIL) Quantitative characterization of the structural disconnection syndrome of schizophrenia as a function of disease progression Patrik Hagmann
Mutel, Sophie (UNIGE) Probing the function of the endopiriform/claustrum complex using optogenetic and chemogenetic tools Alan Carleton
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
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
Pedrazzini, Elena (UNIGE) Tracking Attentional Priority In The Human Brain: Studies Of Acquired Lesions Armin Schnider
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
Pointet, Virginie (UNIGE) Growing up in a caregiving environment affected by maternal post-traumatic stress : effects on brain electrophysiology and emotion perception in school-age children Daniel Schechter
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
Rey, Elodie (UNIGE) Mapping of functional synaptic connections in higher-order thalamocortical feedback circuits Anthony Holtmaat
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
Ruef, Anne (UNIL) Analyzing common and differential structural networks disruption in psychiatry Bogdan Draganski



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
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
Slater, David (UNIL) Tissue microstructure quantification in medial temporal lobe epilepsy (MTLE) using diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance imaging with histological validation Bogdan Draganski
Spring, Jerome (UNIL) Electro-cortical oscillations as neurophysiological marker of fatigue induced by physical exercise Jérôme Barral
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
Tautvydaite, Domilè (UNIGE) Reality Filtering and Encoding in Human Memory Armin Schnider
Thoeni, Sarah (UNIGE) Investigation of synaptic alterations in a mouse model of anorexia Christian Lüscher
Tissieres, Isabel (UNIL) Modulation of auditory space representation Stephanie Clarke
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
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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