The winners of the 9th iGE3 PhD salary awards

Olivia Cattaneo

Affiliation

Perrine Castets Group - Department of Cell Physiology and Metabolism, Faculty of Medicine

Nationality

Switzerland

Academic degrees

  • Master in Cellular Biology, Physiology and Pathology, specialized in Neurosciences, Paris Descartes University, France, 2019
  • Bachelor in Science for Health, Paris Descartes University, France, 2017
  • PACES, Paris Descartes University, France, 2015

Title of PhD project

Deciphering the genetic programs underlying nuclear heterogeneity in muscle fibers and the reprogramming induced by nerve injury

Olivia Cattaneo portrait

I am honored that the iGE3 committee selected my project for the 9th PhD salary award. This fellowship will allow me to pursue my research understanding how sub-synaptic nuclei genetically specialize in skeletal muscle and how they respond to denervation in pathological conditions. Winning this award boosted my motivation and I am sure it will help my career. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Pre Castets and all the members of the lab for their daily support.

Olivia Cattaneo

Department of Cell Physiology and Metabolism
University of Geneva Medical School
Room C05.2135.A - 5th floor
1, rue Michel-Servet
CH - 1211 Geneva 4

Phone: +41 (0)22 379 51 35
Fax: +41 (0)22 379 52 60
Olivia.Cattaneo@unige.ch

Castets Group web pages

Mara Cenerenti

Affiliation

Camilla Jandus Group - Department of Pathology and Immunology, Faculty of Medicine

Nationality

Italy

Academic degrees

  • Master in Molecular Biotechnology and Bioinformatics, University of Milan, Italy, 2019
  • Bachelor in Biological Science, University of Milan-Biccoca, Italy, 2017

Title of PhD project

Transcriptomic/epigenetic regulation of cytotoxic tumor-specific CD4 T cells in human cancer

Mara Cenerenti portrait

I am very honored to receive the iGE3 Salary Award 2021 and I would like to thank the selection committee for supporting my work. I was not in the lab when I received the communication but I immediately ran there to thank my supervisor, Camilla Jandus, for her valuable help, as well as all the other members of the lab. This award gives me great motivation and determination to study the regulatory elements by which CD4 T cells become cytotoxic, with the goal of exploiting these cells as new candidates for next-generation immunotherapy in cancer patients.

Mara Cenerenti

Department of Pathology and Immunology
University of Geneva Medical School
Room F07.3167.A - 7th floor
1, rue Michel-Servet
CH - 1211 Geneva 4

Phone: +41 (0)22 379 57 69
Mara.Cenerenti@unige.ch

Jandus Group web pages

Elena Delfino

Affiliation

Ramesh Pillai Group - Department of Molecular Biology, Faculty of Science

Nationality

Italy

Academic degrees

  • Master in Genetics and Molecular Biology, University of Rome La Sapienza, Italy, 2016
  • Bachelor in Biology, University of Urbino Carlo Bo, Italy, 2014

Title of PhD project

Molecular mechanisms involved in recycling of modified ribonucleotides to prevent epitranscriptome poisoning

Elena Delfino portrait

I'm very grateful to be selected among the iGE3 PhD salary award winners, this opportunity will support my project research concerning RNA modifications regulating gene expression control. I will continue to investigate in deep the RNA modifications metabolism employing high-throughput sequence analyses and novel nanopore-based sequencing technologies. I'm thankful to the iGE3 committee to choose my project for this award, to my supervisor for his support and to my colleagues for helpful and valuable discussions.

Elena Delfino

Department of Molecular Biology
Sciences III - University of Geneva
Room 3051 - 3rd floor
30, quai Ernest-Ansermet
CH - 1211 Geneva 4

Phone: +41 (0)22 379 61 73
Fax: +41 (0)22 379 68 68
Elena.Delfino@unige.ch

Pillai Group web pages

Léa Jacquier

Affiliation

Marie Barberon Group - Department of Botany and Plant Biology, Faculty of Science

Nationality

France

Academic degrees

  • Master in Plant Biology, Claude Bernard University Lyon 1, France, 2018
  • Bachelor in Biology of Organisms and Populations, Claude Bernard University Lyon 1, France, 2016
  • Diploma of Technology in Biology Engineering (Agronomy), University of Perpignan, France, 2014

Title of PhD project

Symplastic pathway in differentiated root in Arabidopsis thaliana

Léa Jacquier portrait

I am really glad that my project has been selected for this award. This is a great chance for young researchers to get support and recognition. I want to express my gratitude to the iGE3 committee for allowing me to investigate more about the genetics behind cell-to-cell transport in plants. In the context of climate change, this work will contribute to better understand plant nutrition which is essential. I want to thank my supervisor Marie Barberon for being supportive and encouraging me along each step of this project and the lab members who are always present to give me advice and their constant support.

Léa Jacquier

Department of Botany and Plant Biology
Sciences III - University of Geneva
Room 2081A - 2nd floor
30, quai Ernest-Ansermet
CH - 1211 Geneva 4

Phone: +41 (0)22 379 35 36
Fax: +41 (0)22 379 31 07
Lea.Jacquier@unige.ch

Barberon Group web pages

Violaine Regard

Affiliation

Serge Nef Group - Department of Genetic Medicine and Development, Faculty of Medicine

Nationality

France

Academic degrees

  • Master in Bioengineering, EFPL Lausanne, Suisse, 2019
  • Bachelor in Life Sciences and Technology, EFPL Lausanne, Suisse, 2017

Title of PhD project

In vivo chromatin and gene-regulatory dynamics of gonadal sex determination at the single cell resolution

Violaine Regard portrait

I am deeply grateful for this PhD Salary Award. It is a great honor for my project to be selected by the iGE3 committee. It will be a huge help not only for me but for the whole team working on understanding chromatin and gene-regulatory dynamics during gonadal sex determination.
I sincerely want to thank all the members of Prof. Serge Nef lab and all our collaborators for their constant support and guidance. They all contribute to continuously improve this project.

Violaine Regard

Department of Genetic Medicine and Development
University of Geneva Medical School
Room E.09.2750.A - 9th floor
1, rue Michel-Servet
CH - 1211 Geneva 4

Phone: +41 (0)22 379 55 36
Fax: +41 (0)22 379 57 06
Violaine.Regard@unige.ch

Nef Group web pages

Eva Valencia Alarcón

Affiliation

Emi Nagoshi Group - Department of Genetics and Evolution, Faculty of Science

Nationality

Spain

Academic degrees

  • Master in Neuroscience, specialized in neural stem cells and nervous system repair,
    King's College London, United Kingdom, 2018
  • Bachelor in Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences, University of Valencia, Spain, 2017

Title of PhD project

Investigating the molecular pathway and potential neuroprotective role of NATO3 in dopaminergic neurons

Eva Valencia Alarcón portrait

I am honoured and extremely grateful to have received one of the 2021 iGE3 PhD salary awards. I greatly appreciate that the iGE3 committee members saw value and potential in my research project. This award is a great motivation to continue working in uncovering the role of a specific transcription factor in the dopaminergic neurons and investigating how can it help Parkinson's Disease. I would also like to thank my advisor Prof. Emi Nagoshi and all the lab members for their constant support through this journey.

Eva Valencia Alarcón

Department of Genetics and Evolution
Sciences III - University of Geneva
Room 3014 - 3rd floor
30, quai Ernest-Ansermet
CH - 1211 Geneva 4

Phone: +41 (0)22 379 34 91
Fax: +41 (0)22 379 67 95
Eva.ValenciaAlarcon@unige.ch

Nagoshi Group website