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iGE3 PhD student salary awardees

The winners of the 3rd iGE3 PhD student salary awards

Alphabetical order

Madlaina Boillat



  • Affiliation: Ivan Rodriguez Group – Department of Genetics and Evolution, Faculty of Science
  • Nationality: Switzerland
  • Academic degrees:
    – Master of Science in Biology, University of Geneva, 2014
    – Bachelor of Science in Biology, University of Geneva, 2012
  • Title of PhD project: Genetic dissection of the neural circuits controlling sick conspecific avoidance
Madlaina Boillat

I would like to sincerely thank the iGE3 committee for awarding me with a PhD Salary award. I feel honored to be part of this PhD program and I hope that I can contribute to the mission of iGE3. It is with great motivation that I will pursue my project on the genetics underlying innate behaviors, a project close to my heart that I started during my Master thesis. I would also like to express my gratitude towards my advisor Prof. Ivan Rodriguez and all the members of lab who have helped me with this project so far.

Madlaina Boillat

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Augustinus Galih



  • Affiliation: Howard Riezman Group – Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Science
  • Nationality: Indonesia
  • Academic degrees:
    – Master of Science in Molecular and Cellular Life Sciences, Universiteit Utrecht, The Netherlands, 2012
    – Master of Science in Biotechnology, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia, 2010
    – Bachelor of Science in Biology, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia, 2008
  • Title of PhD project:
    Unraveling the molecular pathogenesis of hereditary sensory and autonomic neuropathy type IA
Augustinus Galih

I am honored to be selected as an awardee. The award encourages me to keep pushing my research project forward. I would not have been able to receive the award without the continuous support of my advisor, lab members, and collaborators.

Augustinus Galih

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Margot Riggi



  • Affiliation: Robbie Loewith Group – Department of Molecular Biology, Faculty of Science
  • Nationality: France
  • Academic degrees:
    – Master of Science in Biology, Ecole Normale Supérieure, Cachan, France, 2013
    – Major of the Agregation of Biochemistry and Bioengineering, Ecole Normale Supérieure, Cachan, France, 2012
    – Bachelor of Science in Biology, Ecole Normale Supérieure, Cachan, France, 2010
  • Title of PhD project: TORC2 and the regulation of plasma membrane tensile homeostasis
Margot Riggi

I am honored to have been selected for the iGE3 PhD Salary Awards. I would like to thank the selection committee for their interest in my project and the iGE3 foundation for funding this award. I’m also grateful to both of my advisors Prof. Robbie Loewith and Prof. Aurélien Roux for giving me the opportunity to work on such a stimulating subject; and to all the lab members for their support and the good times we share together.

Margot Riggi

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Carlos Rivera-Rivera



  • Affiliation: Juan Montoya-Burgos Group – Department of Genetics and Evolution, Faculty of Science
  • Nationality: Puerto Rico – United States of America
  • Academic degrees:
    – Master of Science in Biology, University of Geneva, 2012
    – Bachelor of Science in Biology, Universidad de Puerto Rico, Río Piedras in San Juan, Puerto Rico, 2010
  • Title of PhD project: Uncovering the genetic basis of a key innovation in fish
Carlos Rivera-Rivera

I am very grateful for this opportunity offered by the iGE3 program to continue my research in the domains of genetics and genomics. Thanks to this award I can continue doing my scientific research with full focus, and bring it to a good end.

Carlos Rivera-Rivera

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Felipe Simao Neto



  • Affiliation: Evgeny Zdobnov Group – Department of Genetic Medicine and Development, Faculty of Medicine
  • Nationality: Brazil
  • Academic degrees:
    – Master of Science in Biology, Bioinformatics and Biological Data Analysis, University of Geneva, 2013
    – Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences and Biochemistry, Pontificial Catholic University of Paraná, Curitiba, Brazil, 2010
  • Title of PhD project: Employing evolutionarily informed expectations for de-novo genomics
Felipe Simao Neto

I am delighted and extremely grateful for being selected as one of recipients of the iGE3 PhD salary award. This award encourages me to pursue my research with renewed enthusiasm. I would also like to thank all the members of the Evgeny Zdobnov lab, friends and family, for in one way or another having given me support through the course of my studies.

Felipe Simao Neto

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Asier Ullate Agote



  • Affiliation: Michel Milinkovitch Group – Department of Genetics and Evolution, Faculty of Science
  • Nationality: Spain
  • Academic degrees:
    – Master of Science in Biology, University of Geneva, 2014
    – Licentiate in Biology, University of Navarra, Spain, 2012
    – Licentiate in Biochemistry, University of Navarra, Spain, 2012
  • Title of PhD project: Comparative reptilian transcriptomics and genomics
Asier Ullate Agote

I am delighted and I feel incredibly honored to have received the iGE3 PhD salary award. The iGE3 support to the current and future progress in my research project is encouraging and will surely be helpful to continue with my work in the field of comparative genomics and transcriptomics in reptiles. I would like to thank my advisers Athanasia Tzika and Michel Milinkovitch as well as the rest of members of the LANE for their support and valuable help until now during my PhD.

Asier Ullate Agote

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Ludovica Vanzan



  • Affiliation: Rabih Murr Group – Department of Genetic Medicine and Development, Faculty of Medicine
  • Nationality: Italy
  • Academic degrees:
    – Master of Science in Cellular and Molecular Biology, University of Turin, Italy, 2014
    – Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences, University of Turin, Italy, 2012
  • Title of PhD project: Role of DNA methylation in the regulation of transcription factor activity
Ludovica Vanzan

I am honoured and delighted to be a recipient of the 2015 iGE3 PhD Salary Award. I am lucky to work on a project, which I find very interesting, about the role of DNA demethylation in the regulation of transcription factors activity. I am sure that this fellowship will further inspire me to proceed in my PhD and face the challenges ahead. I would like to thank the selection committee for the opportunity, and the members of the lab for their support.

Ludovica Vanzan

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