Graduations

Recent Graduations at the GCB

January 29, 2019:
Riesen Maurane Vanessa Joëlle, PhD in Biomedical Sciences
Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine
Supervisors: PD Dr. Christian Althaus and Prof. Dr. Nicola Low
Thesis: «Human papillomavirus vaccination in Switzerland: uptake heterogeneity, impact and costs»

January 28, 2019:
Carolyn Mary Trepp, PhD in Neuroscience
Department for BioMedical Reseach, Ophthalmology
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Volker Enzmann
Thesis: «Novel Insights into Disease Mechanisms and Suitability of Different Stem Cell Sources for Cell Replacement in Retinal Degeneration»

January 21, 2019:
Kathrin Voelter, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and Philosophy (DVM,PhD)
Vetsuisse Zürich, Equine Clinic, Veterinary Opththalmology
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Simon Pot
Thesis: «Investigation of the ocular permeability, intraocular fibrinolytic capacity and toxicity of Desmoteplase compared to tissue plasminogen activator»

January 18, 2019:
Christoph Josi, PhD of Science in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Institute of Veterinary Bacteriology, Vetsuisse Faculty Bern
Supervisor: PD Dr. Paola Pilo
Thesis: «Cellular and Molecular Interactions of Mycoplasma bovis with Bovine Epithelial Cells»

January 17, 2019:
Stefanos Apostolopoulos, PhD in Biomedical Engineering
ARTORG Center for Biomedical Engineering Research, Ophthalmic Technology Laboratory
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Raphael Sznitman
Thesis: «Reliable Registration and Tracking Framework for Disease Progression Monitoring using Optical Coherence Tomography»

January 10, 2019:
Simon Habegger, PhD in Biomedical Engineering
Inselspital, Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Neuroradiology
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Roland Wiest
Thesis: «Quantitative Measures for Stroke Recovery and Outcome»

December 20, 2018:
Tural Yarahmadov, PhD of Science in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Institute of Plant Sciences
Supervisor:Prof. Dr. Cris Kuhlemeier
Thesis: «A workflow for discovery of candidate speciation genes in non-model species»

December 14, 2018:
Hannah Ayrle, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and Philosophy (DVM,PhD)
Division of Veterinary Pharmacology & Toxicology, Vetsuisse Faculty Bern
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Meike Mevissen
Thesis: «Medicinal plants – a possible alternative therapy for emerging diseases in calves and piglets»

December 14, 2018:
Stefano Andrea de Simone, PhD in Biomedical Sciences
Department of Physiology
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Stephan Rohr
Thesis: «Optogenetic Approach to Reveal Insights of the Stromal-Parenchymal Interaction in Cardiac Tissue»

December 14, 2018:
Marcel Sorribas Olivera, PhD in Immunology
Department for BioMedical Research, Gastroenterology/Mucosal Immunology
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Reiner Wiest
Thesis: «Intestinal mucus and vascular barrier in liver cirrhosis: entry site for bacterial translocation independent from portal hypertension and lymphatic route»

December 14, 2018:
Lukas David Bereuter, PhD in Biomedical Engineering
ARTORG Center for Biomedical Engineering Research, Cardiovascular Engineering
Supervisors: Dr. Andreas Häberlin and Prof. Dr. Hildegard Tanner
Thesis: «Leadless Cardiac Multisite Pacing»

December 12, 2018:
Anina Estrella Bauer, PhD in Biomedical Sciences
Institute of Genetics
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Tosso Leeb
Thesis: «Genetic analysis of genodermatoses»

December 07, 2018:
Christina Barbara Rufener, PhD in Biomedical Sciences
VPH Institute, Animal Welfare Division
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Hanno Würbel
Thesis: «Keel Bone Fractures in Laying Hens: Effects on Individual Productivity and Mobility»

December 07, 2018:
Marie-Hélène Christin Wasmer, PhD in Immunology
Institute of Pathology
Supervisor: PD Dr. Philippe Krebs
Thesis: «The role of IL-33/ST2 signaling in tumorigenesis and immunopathology»

December 06, 2018:
Sara Vimercati, PhD of Science in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Division of Veterinary Pharmacology & Toxicology
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Meike Mevissen
Thesis: «Characterization of Equine CYP3A94, CYP3A95 and CYP3A97 Isoenzymes»

December 04, 2018:
Maryam Hussain, PhD in Immunology
Institute of Pathology
Supervisor: Dr. Mario Noti
Thesis: «Role and regulation of the microbiota and innate immune cells in the pathogenesis of food allergy»

December 04, 2018:
Raviprasadh Rajasekaran, PhD of Science in Cell Biology
Department for BioMedical Research, Hepatology
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Jean-François Dufour
Thesis: «Influence of HINT-2 on Mitochondrial Protein Acetylation: Mechanism and Significance»

December 04, 2018:
Justin Adam Varholick, PhD in Biomedical Sciences
Division of Animal Welfare, VPH Institute
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Hanno Würbel
Thesis: «Effects of the organization and stability of social dominance relationships on phenotypic outcomes in laboratory mice»

November 30, 2018:
Silje Ekroll Jahren, PhD in Biomedical Engineering
ARTORG Center for Biomedical Engineering Research, Cardiovascular Engineering
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Dominik Obrist
Thesis: «Impact of aortic root asymmetry and compliance upon performance of aortic valve bioprosthesis»

November 27, 2018:
Riccardo Sfriso, PhD in Biomedical Sciences
Department for BioMedical Research (DBMR), Cardiovascular Research
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Robert Rieben
Thesis: «Endothelial Cell Protection in Xenotransplantation and Ischemia/Reperfusion Injury: Assessing the Effect of Multiple Transgenes and the Pathophysiological Role of the Plasma Cascade Systems»

November 23, 2018:
Odette Joëlle Bernasconi, PhD of Science in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Institute for Infectious Diseases
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Andrea Endimiani
Thesis: «Understanding and Responding to the Polymyxins Crisis while Considering Bacteriophages as New Prospect for a Post-Antibiotic Era»

November 15, 2018:
Silvia Desy, PhD of Science in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Supervisor:Prof. Dr. André Schneider
Thesis: «Characterization of subunits of the mitochondrial outer membrane translocase of Trypanosoma brucei»

November 06, 2018:
Catherine Mooser, Doctor of Medicine and Philosophy (MD,PhD)
Department for BioMedical Research
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Thomas Nevian
Thesis: «A novel gnotobiotic mouse model as a tool to study dietary effects on the microbiota, the host, and their interplay»

November 06, 2018:
Norbert Krebs, PhD in Neuroscience
Department of Physiology
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Thomas Nevian
Thesis: «Neuropathic Pain Impairs Spike-Timing Dependent Long-Term Depression in Layer 5 Pyramidal Neurons of the Anterior Cingulate Cortex»

November 06, 2018:
Michaela Poliakova, PhD of Science in Cell Biology
Department for BioMedical Research (DBMR), Radiation Oncology
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Yitzhak Zimmer and PD Dr. Michaela Medova
Thesis: «A metabolomic discovery approach for identification of metabolic changes associated with MET inhibition and DNA-damaging agents in MET inhibition-sensitive and non-MET inhibitionsensitive cellular systems»

October 30, 2018:
Miguel Palomino Segura, PhD in Immunology
Institute for Research in Biomedicine IRB, Bellinzona
Supervisor: Dr. Dr. Santiago F. González
Thesis: «Role of Innate Immunity in the Protection against Influenza Infection»

October 26, 2018:
Joana Carlevaro Fita, PhD in Biomedical Sciences
Department for BioMedical Research (DBMR), RNA & Cancer (NCCR RNA & Disease)
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Rory Baldwin Johnson
Thesis: «Classification and functional prediction of long noncoding RNA»

September 28, 2018:
Joaquim Blanch Salvador, PhD in Biomedical Sciences
Department of Physiology
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Marcel Egger
Thesis: «IP3-induced Ca2+ release in ventricular pathophysiology: a novel anti-arrhythmogenic role in a scenario of IP3R overexpression»

September 26, 2018:
Christoph Martin Rathgeb, PhD in Biomedical Engineering
ARTORG Center for Biomedical Engineering Research, Hearing Research Laboratory
Supervisor: Dr. Wilhelm Wimmer
Thesis: «Computer-Assisted Personalized Cochlear Implantation»

September 25, 2018:
Seraina Martina Beyeler, PhD in Biomedical Sciences
Department for BioMedical Research (DBMR), Pulmonary Medicine (Adults)
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Christophe von Garnier
Thesis: «Immunomodulatory and adverse effects of inhaled multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNT) in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD): An occupational health hazard?»

September 25, 2018:
Duilio Michele Potenza, PhD in Biomedical Sciences
Department of Physiology
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Ernst Niggli
Thesis: «Modulation of ryanodine receptors in ventricular cardiomyocytes: role of PKA and CaMKII phosphorylation sites in Ca2+ signalling»

September 14, 2018:
Michael Herren, PhD of Science in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Div. of Experimental Clinical Research, Vetsuisse Faculty Bern
Supervisor: PD Dr. Philippe Plattet
Thesis: «The morbillivirus linker domain and its role in the activation of receptor binding induced cell invasion»

September 13, 2018:
Ioannis Vogiatzis Oikonomidis, PhD in Biomedical Engineering
Institute of Anatomy
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Johannes C. Schittny
Thesis: «Synchrotron X-ray tomographic microscopy and analysis of the rat pulmonary acinus at the micrometer scale - A close look deep into the acinar dynamics and development»

September 12, 2018:
Felix Graubner, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and Philosophy (DVM,PhD)
Institute of Veterinary Anatomy, Vetsuisse Faculty Zurich
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Mariusz P. Kowalewski
Thesis: «Endocrine and cellular mechanisms of decidualization in the early pregnant canine uterus: remodeling processes and role of PGE2»

September 11, 2018:
Marine Thérèse Charlette Potez, PhD in Biomedical Sciences
Institute of Anatomy
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Valentin Djonov
Thesis: «Effects of experimental Synchrotron Microbeam Radiation Therapy on mouse melanoma and normal skin»

September 10, 2018:
Anne-Laure Maigrot, PhD in Biomedical Sciences
Vetsuisse Faculty Bern, Veterinary Public Health Institute, Animal Welfare Division
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Hanno Würbel
Thesis: «Vocal expression of emotions in Przewalski’s horses and wild boars: encoding and decoding»

September 10, 2018:
Echrak Hichri, PhD in Biomedical Engineering
Department of Physiology
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Jan Kucera
Thesis: «Ephaptic coupling in the heart: a myth or a practical reality?»

September 05, 2018:
Patric Eichelberger, PhD in Biomedical Engineering
Bern University of Applied Sciences, Health Division
Supervisor: PD Dr. med. Fabian Krause
Thesis: «Foot function assessment by three-dimensional foot kinematics – A straightforward and clinically more feasible approach»

September 03, 2018:
Leander Nicolas Wyss, PhD of Science in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Norbert Polacek
Thesis: «Ribosome associated non-coding RNAs in the archaeon Haloferax volcanii»

August 31, 2018:
Corinne Pia Oechslin, PhD in Biomedical Sciences
Institute for Infectious Diseases
Supervisor: Institute for Infectious Diseases
Thesis: «A Straightforward Shotgun Metagenomics Workflow to Detect Bacteria and Viruses in Eukaryotic Samples»

August 24, 2018:
Lei Wang, PhD of Science in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Institute of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Peter Bütikofer
Thesis: «A novel assay to measure phospholipid scrambling and the discovery of a new scramblase»

August 24, 2018:
Mariana Bustamante Eduardo, PhD of Science in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Department for BioMedical Research (DBMR), Molecular Biology
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Rolf Jaggi
Thesis: «A comparison of molecular signatures for breast cancer and analysis of the role of the progesterone receptor in breast cancer cells»

August 23, 2018:
Iwona Maria Rzeszutek, PhD of Science in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Institute of Cell Biology
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Mariusz Nowacki
Thesis: «Investigating the function of germline-specific proteins: Spo11, Msh4-1 and Msh5 during genome reorganization process in Paramecium tetraurelia and beyond»

August 20, 2018:
Stefan Patrick Zahnd, PhD in Biomedical Sciences
Institute of Pathology
Supervisor:Prof. Dr. Inti Zlobec
Thesis: «A Digital Pathology based Shotgun-Proteomics Approach to Biomarker Discovery in Colorectal Cancer

August 17, 2018:
Cristina Höhener, PhD of Science in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Institute of Cell Biology
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Mariusz Nowacki
Thesis: «Characterization of Dicer-like enzymes in Paramecium tetraurelia

August 07, 2018:
Sabrina Elena Frey, PhD in Biomedical Engineering
ARTORG Center for Biomedical Engineering Research, Cardiovascular Engineering
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Dominik Obrist
Thesis: «Hemodynamics in peripheral arterio-venous malformations»

July 20, 2018:
Stefan Reber, PhD of Science in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Oliver Mühlemann and PD Dr. Marc-David Ruepp
Thesis: «Towards Understanding of Selective Motor Neuron Death in Fused in Sarcoma-associated Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis»

July 20, 2018:
Lemei Wang, PhD in Biomedical Sciences
Department for BioMedical Research, Thoracic Surgery
Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Ralph A. Schmid and Dr. Sean Hall
Thesis: «Distinct mesenchymal and epithelial lineages in human lung and diverse settings of lung diseases»

July 18, 2018:
Oliver Blanchard, PhD in Biomedical Sciences
Institute of Pharmacology
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Andrea Huwiler
Thesis: «The Role of Sphingosine-1-Phosphate in Renal Proximal Tubular Epithelial Cell Inflammation and Fibrosis»

July 12, 2018:
Michelle Amanda Jackson, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and Philosophy (DVM,PhD)
Clinic for Equine Surgery, Vetsuisse Faculty Zurich
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Anton Fürst
Thesis: «The use of recombinant human bone morphogenetic protein 2 (rhBMP-2) in horses: in-vitro and in-vivo study of a new treatment of subchondral cystic lesions (SCLs)»