Graduations

Recent Graduations at the GCB

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)»

July 12, 2018:
Elias Bührer, Doctor of Medicine and Philosophy (MD,PhD)
Department for BioMedical Research, Tumor Immunology
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Adrian Ochsenbein
Thesis: «Extrinsic and Intrinsic Regulation of Cancer Stem Cells»

July 12, 2018:
Katharyn Jean Mitchell, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and Philosophy (DVM,PhD)
Clinic for Equine Medicine, Vetsuisse Faculty Zurich
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Colin C. Schwarzwald
Thesis: «Exercise-induced arrhythmias and the presence of myocardial N-methyl D-aspartate receptors and their amino acid agonists in the horse»

July 06, 2018:
Asimina Gkratsou, PhD of Science in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Oliver Mühlemann
Thesis: «Molecular implications of NMD-related factors in health and disease»

July 05, 2018:
Carmela Lussi, PhD of Science in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Institute of Virology and Immunology, Vetsuisse Faculty Bern
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Matthias Schweizer
Thesis: «Pestiviral Erns: a multifaceted glycoprotein ensures innate immunotolerance»

July 04, 2018:
Lisandra Aguilar Bultet, PhD of Science in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Institute of Veterinary Bacteriology, Vetsuisse Faculty Bern
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Joachim Frey
Thesis: «Genetic separation of Listeria monocytogenes causing central nervous system infections in animals»

June 28, 2018:
Oliver Felix Biner, PhD of Science in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Christoph von Ballmoos
Thesis: «Co-reconstitution of respiratory chain enzymes and characterisation of Escherichia coli cytochrome b561»

June 27, 2018:
Francesca Coraggio, PhD of Science in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Institute of Cell Biology
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Peter Meister
Thesis: «Involvement of epigenetic factors and metabolism in pluripotency maintenance in C. elegans»

June 22, 2018:
Marc Stadelmann, PhD in Biomedical Engineering
Institute for Surgical Technology and Biomechanics
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Philippe Zysset
Thesis: «Finite element modeling of the human spine: Applications on metastatic vertebral bodies and intervertebral discs»

June 22, 2018:
Michael Amrein, Doctor of Medicine and Philosophy (MD, PhD)
Department for BioMedical Research (DBMR), Tumor Immunology
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Adrian Ochsenbein
Thesis: «A functional characterization of TNIK in stem cells and cancer stem cells»

June 21, 2018:
Melissa Alexandra Yvonne Oddie, PhD in Biomedical Sciences
Institute of Bee Health
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Peter Neumann
Thesis: «Survival of European honey bee (Apis mellifera) populations infested with the ectoparasitic mite Varroa destructor and associated viruses by means of natural selection»

June 18, 2018:
Michel Hauser, PhD in Biomedical Sciences
Department of BioMedical Research (DBMR), Bone Biology and Orthopaedic Research
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Willy Hofstetter
Thesis: «Bisphosphonate-treatment in osteoporosis – mechanisms of bone repair;

June 15, 2018:
Beatrice Bianchi, PhD in Biomedical Sciences
Institute of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Hugues Abriel
Thesis: «TRPM4 in cardiovascular and neurological disorders: physiology, pathophysiology and pharmacology»

June 13, 2018:
Philip V'kovski, PhD of Science in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Institute of Virology and Immunology
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Volker Thiel
Thesis: «The coronavirus replication complex and its microenvironment»
eMail: Philip V'kovski

June 08, 2018:
Nora Merete Gerhards, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and Philosophy (DVM,PhD)
Institute of Animal Pathology
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Sven Rottenberg
Thesis: «Exploring mechanisms of anti-cancer therapy response using haploid insertional mutagenesis screens»

June 05, 2018:
Eleonora Orlando, PhD of Science in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Department for BioMedical Research (DBMR), Radiation Oncology
Supervisors: PD Dr. Yitzhak Zimmer & Prof. Dr. Ruedi Aebersold
Thesis: «Proteomic and phosphoproteomic investigations for dissecting the interplay between oncogene addiction and DNA damage response signaling»

June 04, 2018:
Simon Wüest, PhD in Biomedical Engineering
Institute of Medical Engineering IMT, Lucerne School of Engineering and Architecture, Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Benjamin Gantenbein
Thesis: «Cartilage Tissue Engineering and Electrophysiological Recordings on Microgravity Platforms»
eMail: Simon Wüest

May 29, 2018:
Nick Arndt, PhD of Science in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Institute of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Michael Altmann
Thesis: «Properties of the ternary complex formed by yeast eIF4E, p20 and mRNA»
eMail: Nick Arndt

May 25, 2018:
Egle Radice,PhD in Immunology
Institute for Research in Biomedicine IRB
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Marcus Thelen
Thesis: «Functional expression of the scavenger ACKR3 on B Lymphocytes of Secondary Lymphoid Organs»
eMail: Egle Radice

May 22, 2018:
Manuel Anderegg, Doctor of Medicine and Philosophy (MD,PhD)
Department for BioMedical Research (DBMR), Nephrology and Hypertension
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Daniel Fuster
Thesis: «Physiological role of the sodium/proton exchanger NHA2 in the kidney»

May 18, 2018:
Dzhuliya Dzhonova, PhD of Biomedical Sciences
Department for BioMedical Research (DBMR), Cardiovascular Research
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Robert Rieben
Thesis: «Local immunosuppression in Vascularized Composite Allotransplantation using self-assembled hydrogel drug delivery systems»

April 30, 2018:
Ivonne Köck, PhD of Science in Cell Biology
Department for BioMedical Research (DBMR), Urology
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Katia Monastyrskaya
Thesis: «TNF-α: Key regulator of bladder remodeling during outlet obstruction-induced lower urinary tract dysfunction»
eMail: Ivonne Köck

April 26, 2018:
Rahel Wacker, PhD of Science in Cell Biology
Institute of Cell Biology
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Volker Heussler
Thesis: «The Host Cell Cytosolic Immune Response During the Plasmodium berghei Liver Stage Follows a Noncanonical Autophagy Pathway»
eMail: Rahel Wacker

April 17, 2018:
Matteo Maria Mauri, Doctor of Medicine and Philosophy (MD,PhD)
Institute for Research in Biomedicine IRB, Bellinzona
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Antonio Lanzavecchia
Thesis: «Exploring the limits of self tolerance to discover new anti-tumor antibodies»

April 9, 2018:
David Carl Pavlicek, PhD in Biomedical Sciences
Swiss Paraplegic Research, Nottwil
Supervisor: PD Dr. Jivko Stoyanov
Thesis: «Immunosenescence in Spinal Cord Injured People from the Perspective of Urinary Tract Infections»
eMail: David Carl Pavlicek

April 5, 2018:
Anand David, PhD in Biomedical Sciences
Department of Physiology
Supervisor: PD Dr. Sonja Kleinlogel
Thesis: «Evolution of recombinant adeno-associated viral vectors for application in ocular gene therapy»
eMail: Anand David

March 28, 2018:
Rahel Kasteler, MD,PhD
Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Claudia Kuehni
Thesis: «Pulmonary health in Swiss childhood cancer survivors: Burden, risk factors and monitoring»
eMail: Rahel Kasteler

March 28, 2018:
Flavian Thelen, PhD in Immunology
Theodor Kocher Institute
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Jens V. Stein
Thesis: «Tissue resident memory T cell surveillance of exocrine gland is guided by three dimensional macrophage scaffold»
eMail: Flavian Thelen

March 27, 2018:
Sandra Huber, PhD of Science in Cell Biology
Institute of Animal Pathology, Vetsuisse Faculty Bern
Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Sven Rottenberg, Dr. Kerry Woods
Thesis: «Protein interactions at the host-parasite interface in Theileria annulata infected leukocytes»
eMail: Sandra Huber

March 16, 2018:
Alberto Bisco, PhD in Neuroscience
Department of Physiology
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Thomas Nevian
Thesis: «Alterations and modulation of single cell and network properties in Anterior Cingulate Cortex in neuropathic pain»
eMail: Alberto Bisco

March 15, 2018:
Cilly Bernadette Schnider, PhD of Science in Cell Biology
Institute of Cell Biology, University of Bern, and Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia
Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Volker Heussler, University of Bern, and Prof. Dr. Roger Chung, Macquarie University (co-tutelle)
Thesis: «Parasite-host interactions during the blood and liver stage of rodent malaria parasites»
eMail: Cilly Bernadette Schnider

March 8, 2018:
Sandra Gsponer, PhD of Science in Cell Biology
Department for BioMedical Research, Rheumatology
Supervisor: Dr. med. Stefan Kuchen
Thesis: «The immuno-regulatory function of small nucleolar RNA 104»
eMail: Sandra Gsponer

March 7, 2018:
William Vincent Jacques Hariton, PhD of Science in Cell Biology
Department for BioMedical Research, Dermatology
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Eliane J. Müller
Thesis: «Investigation of Molecular Repair Mechanisms Following Disruption of Desmoglein 3 Adhesion in the Hair Follicle Stem Cell Niche»
eMail: William Hariton