The winners of the 1st iGE3 PhD salary awards

Maria Bruzzone

Affiliation

David Shore Group – Department of Molecular Biology, Faculty of Science

Nationality

Italy

Academic degrees

  • Master of Science in Medical and Pharmaceutical Biotechnology, University of Genoa, Italy, 2011
  • Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology, University of Genoa, Italy, 2009

Title of PhD project

Hierarchy of transcription factors at ribosomal protein genes and their mechanism of transcriptional activation

Maria Bruzzone portrait

I am very happy to receive this award. It is wonderful to know that my work is appreciated and, particularly as a PhD student, this kind of acknowledgment encourages me that the direction of my project is a promising one.

I am grateful to all of the people that help and support me every day during my PhD.

Maria Jessica Bruzzone

Department of Molecular Biology
Sciences III – University of Geneva
Room 3061A – 3rd floor
30, quai Ernest-Ansermet
CH – 1211 Geneva 4

Phone: +41 (0)22 379 61 84
Fax: +41 (0)22 379 68 68
Maria.Bruzzone@unige.ch

Shore Group web pages

Nicolas Damond

Previous affiliation

Pedro Herrera Group – Department of Genetic Medicine and Development, Faculty of Medicine

Nationality

Switzerland

Academic degrees

  • Master of Science in Genomics and Experimental Biology, University of Lausanne, Switzerland, 2009
  • Bachelor of Science in Biology, University of Lausanne, Switzerland, 2007

Date of thesis defense

September 8, 2015

Title of thesis

Dual role for glucagon-producing alpha-cells in diabetes: contribution to disease progression and to restoration of insulin production

Nicolas Damond portrait

I am honored to have been selected for this first edition of the iGE3 PhD salary awards. This fellowship will help me to continue my research on genetic factors controlling pancreatic endocrine cell plasticity. I also would like to take this opportunity to thank my mentor Pedro Herrera for his support and all laboratory members for their precious help and collaboration.

Nicolas Damond

Bernd Bodenmiller Group
Institute of Molecular Life Sciences
University of Zurich
Room Y11-J-80
Winterthurerstrasse 190
CH – 8057 Zurich

Subashika Govindan

Previous affiliation

Denis Jabaudon Group – Department of Basic Neurosciences, Faculty of Medicine

Nationality

India

Academic degrees

  • Bachelor in Technology in Biotechnology, Bharathidasan University, Trichy, India, 2008

Date of thesis defense

May 4, 2016

Title of thesis

Becoming a new neuron in the cerebral cortex

Subashika Govindan portrait

I feel very honoured and inspired in receiving the iGE3 Salary Award 2013. I am happy that I am part of the iGE3 initiative and the salary award would be of immense help for my PhD. I Look forward to the support and utilising the platform in understanding my model of study and developing new techniques. This is a noble initiative in inspiring students and probing them to use the immense amount of information available in the form of genetic signature in biological systems.

Subashika Govindan

Jabaudon Group
Department of Basic Neurosciences
University of Geneva Medical School
1, rue Michel-Servet
CH – 1211 Geneva 4

Group leader phone: +41 (0)22 379 53 87

Jabaudon Group web pages

Aude Molinard-Chenu

Previous affiliation

Alexandre Dayer Group - Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine

Nationality

Switzerland

Academic degrees

  • Federal Licensing Examination of Human Medicine, University of Geneva, Switzerland, 2012
  • Master of Medicine, University of Geneva, Switzerland, 2012
  • Bachelor of Medicine, University of Geneva, Switzerland, 2009

Date of thesis defense

October 7, 2016

Title of thesis

The role of DiGeorge Critical Region 2 in cortical circuit formation

Aude Molinard-Chenu portrait

As a medical doctor, I have a strong interest in understanding psychiatric disorders at a biological level, and this curiosity led me to start a PhD thesis in the laboratory of Pr. Dayer. The genetics of neurodevelopmental psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia have been studied for many years. Thanks to the iGe3 salary award, I will be able to take advantage of the discoveries from genetic studies in human patients to study one particularly interesting schizophrenia risk gene in the development of cortical circuitry. This research will hopefully allow us to have better understanding of the origin of certain brain function abnormalities from which schizophrenic patients suffer. I am grateful to the institute of genetics and genomics of the University of Geneva for giving me the opportunity to push my project one step forward.

Aude Molinard-Chenu

Department of Psychiatry
University of Geneva Medical School
Room C07.2129.A - 7th floor
1, rue Michel-Servet
CH - 1211 Geneva 4

Phone: +41 (0)22 379 53 96
Fax: +41 (0)22 379 54 52
Aude.Chenu@unige.ch

Dayer Group web pages

Rebecca Oppenheim

Previous affiliation

Dominique Soldati-Favre Group – Department of Microbiology and Molecular Medicine, Faculty of Medicine

Nationality

Switzerland

Academic degrees

  • Master of Science in Life Sciences and Technology, EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland, 2010
  • Bachelor of Science in Life Sicences and Technology, EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland, 2008

Date of thesis defense

November 19, 2015

Title of thesis

Contribution of the TCA cycle in the central carbon metabolism of apicomplexan parasites

Rebecca Oppenheim portrait

It was a great pleasure to learn that I had received the iGE3 student salary award based on work I have done and plan to achieve. I have the chance of working on a very interesting, challenging and fruitful project in the field of parasitic infection and all of that in a great and friendly group. I have had amazing opportunities traveling abroad not only for conferences but also for lab work which significantly broadened my knowledge and I am happy as this grant will not only allow me to continue working in a field I really enjoy but will also contribute significantly to my future career.

Rebecca Diane Oppenheim

Dominique Soldati-Favre Group
Department of Microbiology and Molecular Medicine
University of Geneva Medical School
1, rue Michel-Servet
CH - 1211 Geneva 4

Group leader phone: +41 (0)22 379 56 72

Soldati-Favre Group web pages

Claudio Quilodrán

Previous affiliation

Juan Montoya-Burgos and Mathias Currat Groups – Department of Genetics and Evolution, Faculty of Science

Nationality

Chile

Academic degrees

  • Master of Science in Biology in Ecology and Evolution, University of Chile, Santiago, Chile, 2010
  • Engineer in Natural Resources, University of Chile, Santiago, Chile, 2008

Date of thesis defense

June 28, 2016

Title of thesis

Biodiversity loss by interspecific hybridization and invasive species

Claudio Quilodrán portrait

I feel honoured and extremely grateful to the iGE3 graduate students salary award committee for giving me the opportunity to further pursue my PhD research. Winning this award provides me with renewed inspiration and great motivation to drive forward research issues in modelling interspecific genomic mixing which will lead to significant contributions in the fields of evolutionary biology and conservation biology.

Claudio Quilodrán Venegas

Tim Coulson Group
Department of Zoology
University of Oxford
United Kingdom