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iGE3 PhD student salary awardees

The winners of the 5th iGE3 PhD student salary awards

Alphabetical order

Simona Abbatemarco



  • Affiliation: Monica Gotta Group – Department of Cell Physiology and Metabolism, Faculty of Medicine
  • Nationality: Italy
  • Academic degrees:
    – Master in Biotecnologie Mediche, University of Rome, Italy, 2015
    – Three-years degree in Biotecnologie Sanitarie, University of Rome, 2012
  • Title of PhD project: PQN-59: a chaperone to avoid mitotic protein aggregation and maintain genome stability?
Simona Abbatemarco

It is such a great honor to have been selected for this award! This is a great incitement to do always more and always better. I will keep working hard to push my research project forward and I will try to make the most of this opportunity.

My first big thank goes therefore to the whole iGe3 organization, for providing such recognition and opportunity every year. And of course I want to express my sincere thanks to my supervisor, Monica Gotta and to all the people of the lab that are contributing, day by day, to my professional and personal growth.

Simona Abbatemarco

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Francisco Brito



  • Affiliation: Evgeny Zdobnov Group – Department of Genetic Medicine and Development, Faculty of Medicine
  • Nationality: Portugal
  • Academic degrees:
    – Master of Science in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, University of Lisbon, Portugal, 2014
    – Bachelor in Biology – Molecular Biology and Genetics, University of Lisbon, Portugal, 2011
  • Title of PhD project: Discovering novel human viruses with shotgun metagenomics
Francisco Brito

Thank you to the iGE3 committee for taking interest in this project; I am honored to have been given the opportunity to continue my research on the human virome. I would also like to thank Prof. Evgeny Zdobnov and Prof. Laurent Kaiser for their continued support, as well as my colleagues at the Zdobnov group for their precious help.

Francisco Brito

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Marta Pérez Frances



  • Affiliation: Pedro Herrera Group – Department of Genetic Medicine and Development, Faculty of Medicine
  • Nationality: Spain
  • Academic degrees:
    – Master in Biomedical Research, University Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain, 2015
    – Degree in Biomedical Sciences, University Autonomous of Barcelona, Spain, 2014
  • Title of PhD project: Transcriptome and methylome analyses of pancreatic polypeptide (PPY)-expressing γ-cells
Marta Pérez Frances

I am extremely honored to have been selected for the iGE3 PhD salary award. Receiving this award is a huge motivation that will encourage me to keep on pursuing my research on the characterization of pancreatic polypeptide-expressing gamma-cells. I would also like to thank Prof. Pedro L. Herrera for giving me the opportunity to work on this project and all the laboratory members for their precious help and advice.

Marta Pérez Frances

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Roman Podolec



  • Affiliation: Roman Ulm Group – Department of Botany and Plant Biology, Faculty of Science
  • Nationality: Slovakia
  • Academic degrees:
    – Master in Biology – Molecular Plant Sciences, University of Geneva, Switzerland, 2016
    – Bachelor in Biology, University of Geneva, Switzerland, 2014
  • Title of PhD project: A genetic screen for players in the UV-B photoreceptor pathway in Arabidopsis thaliana
Roman Podolec

I am very pleased and honored to receive a iGE3 PhD Salary Award. I am grateful to the committee for their interest for my project, which aims to better understand the regulation of the signaling cascade by which plants perceive and respond to solar UV-B light to optimize their growth. I feel a great responsibility for being part of the iGE3 organization. It motivates me even more to pursue my research, a work that I like very much. I would like to thank my supervisor, Prof. Roman Ulm for his support and for all his help to develop this project. I also thank my fellow lab members and all our collaborators for creating a stimulating and constructive environment.

Roman Podolec

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Jeremy Rio



  • Affiliation: Mathias Currat Group – Department of Genetics and Evolution, Faculty of Science
  • Nationality: France
  • Academic degrees:
    – Master of Science in Environmental Modelling, University of Rennes 1, France, 2013
    – Master 1 in Biological Systems Modelling, University of Rennes 1, France, 2012
    – Master 1 in Functional, Behavioural and Evolutive Ecology, University of Rennes 1, France, 2010
    – Bachelor in Organism Biology, University of Rennes 1, France, 2008
  • Title of PhD project:
    Building a spatiotemporal European population continuity network using paleogenomic data and computer simulations
Jeremy Rio

I am honoured, and I feel gratefull that my application has been selected by the IGE3 committee as a PhD Salary award. I want to thank my supervisor Mathias Currat for his help and support during the whole PhD process. The past human population genetics is a large domain that concerns all of us. This award opportunity is a stepping-stone needed to carry out the whole project, and I feel very proud to be part of it.

Jeremy Rio

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Sofia Zaganelli



  • Affiliation: Jean-Claude Martinou Group – Department of Cell Biology, Faculty of Science
  • Nationality: Italy
  • Academic degrees:
    – Master in Molecular and Cellular Medical Biotechnology, Vita-Salute San Raffaele University, Milan, Italy, 2015
    – Bachelor in Medical and Pharmaceutical Biotechnology, Vita-Salute San Raffaele University, Milan, Italy, 2012
  • Title of PhD project: Spatial organisation of mitochondrial gene expression: the role of mitochondrial RNA granules
Sofia Zaganelli

I am honoured to have been selected for the iGE3 PhD Salary Award 2017. I would like to thank the selection committee for their interest in my project and the iGE3 for founding my research with this award. I am also extremely grateful to my supervisor Prof. Jean-Claude Martinou for his mentorship and continuous support, and all the lab members. This award certainly encourages me to keep pushing forward my research on mitochondrial gene expression.

Sofia Zaganelli

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