People Archive


Welcome to Jérôme!

Hello, I am Jérôme Mermet, a new postdoc in the lab of Richard Benton.

I got my Bachelor and Masters degrees from the University of Toulouse in France where I studied epigenetic regulation of gene expression in breast cancer cells, in the lab of Kerstin Bystricky. I then moved to Switzerland and joined the lab of Félix Naef at EPFL where I studied dynamics of the 3-Dimensional organization of chromatin across the circadian cycle and its function for circadian-clock gene transcription in mouse tissues.

I have joined Richard’s lab in April 2019 to investigate molecular mechanisms modulating olfactory circuit architecture across development in drosophila.

Looking forward to meeting you all!


Welcome to Hima !

Hello, I am Hima Priyanka Nadimpalli (simply Hima), a new postdoc in the group of David Gatfield.

I come from India, where I did my Master’s in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Pondicherry University. I then moved to Barcelona in 2013 for my PhD at the Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG) in the group of Fátima Gebauer. During my PhD, I investigated the novel function of siRNA factor Dicer-2 in cytoplasmic polyadenylation of mRNAs in Drosophila.

I moved to Lausanne in March for my postdoc and I will investigate the molecular mechanisms and physiological consequences of daily rhythms in protein synthesis and their connections to the circadian clock.

I am looking forward to getting to know you all. Cheers!


Welcome (back) to Anouk !

Hello, my name is Anouk and I’m 26. I’m animal caretaker at the Genopode starting from today April 1, 2019.
I did my apprenticeship at the CIG 6 years ago and have worked at the EPFL’s animal facility in between.
I’m happy to be back!

Welcome to Marta!

Marta Bellone is the new LIMNA project coordinator, her office is on the 5th floor of the Genopode. She is biologist by training and graduated from the Univesity of Genova. She spent two years at Yale University (New Haven, CT, USA) as research associate before moving to Switzerland for her PhD on the microenvironment in which malignant blood cells develop at the University Hospital of Lausanne.
Since 2015 she has been involved in many projects of the Faculty of Biology and Medicine of the Univesity of Lausanne and since 2017 she also holds a position at the CUSO, as coordinator of the doctoral program in Ecology and Evolution.


Thesis defense of Harmonie Dehaene, March 8, 2019 – 16:00 Aud. A, Génopode


Welcome to Thomas!

Hello, my name is Thomas Arbogast and I have joined Prof. Alexandre Reymond’s lab as a postdoctoral researcher in March 2019.

After graduating in biochemistry, I worked in Dr. Yann Herault’s team during my PhD in genetics and neuroscience at the Institute of Genetics, Molecular and Cellular Biology (IGBMC) at the University of Strasbourg (France) from 2011 to 2015. I worked on the generation and characterization of mouse models for genetic syndromes caused by copy number variations (CNVs) including deletion and duplication for the 16p11.2 BP4-BP5 region which are associated with developmental delay and autism spectrum disorder, with a reciprocal effect on head circumference, brain structure, and body mass index.

Upon the completion of my PhD, I began in May 2015 my post-doctoral research at the Center for Human Disease Modeling (CHDM) leaded by Pr. Nicholas Katsanis at the Duke University. I used the zebrafish model to investigate the contribution of transcripts located within the 16p11.2 BP4-BP5 region to the puberty and cranio-facial phenotypes observed in 16p11.2 CNV carriers. I also generated and characterized KO mice candidate genes for head size symptoms including Kctd13 (located in the 16p11.2 BP4-BP5 region), and Lat (16p11.2 BP2-BP3 region).

At the CIG, my postdoctoral project will be to continue investigating mechanisms underlying rare genetic diseases using animal modeling.