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iGE3 PhD student salary awardees

The winners of the 1st iGE3 PhD student salary awards

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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 Jessica Bruzzone

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

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Aude Chenu



  • Affiliation: Alexandre Dayer Group – Department of Basic Neurosciences, 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
  • Title of PhD project:
    The role of the schizophrenia risk gene Di-George critical region 2 in cortical circuit formation
Aude Chenu

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 Chenu

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Nicolas Damond



  • 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

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

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Subashika Govindan



  • 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

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

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Rebecca Oppenheim



  • 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 Diane Oppenheim

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

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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 Venegas

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

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