Former Members

Jonathan Sobel

After accomplishing his Master degree in ‘Proteomics and Bioinformatics’ at the University of Geneva in 2011 on endometriosis biomarkers, Jonathan decided to go in the field of computational biology. His PhD project is part of the CycliX project founded by the SystemsX initiative. He is working in the Computational Systems biology lab at EPFL under the supervision of Prof. Felix Naef. He is working on chromatin accessibility in the circadian context in mouse liver, using next generation sequencing approaches. Enjoying teamwork he is president of the Swiss group of students of the international society of computational biology (ISCB-RSG Switzerland) and he intends to increase the accessibility of potential career opportunities in the domain of life science with Bioscience network lausanne (BSNL). He likes martial arts, guitar playing and beers.

Namrata Sarkar

Namrata Sarkar is the Vice-President of the Swiss group of students of the International society of computational biology (ISCB-RSG Switzerland). She is enthusiastic about building a strong foundation for the Regional Group of Switzerland.

She completed her Masters in Bioinformatics from King’s College London, United Kingdom in January, 2012. During her Masters she has developed a Software tool that allows filtering disease gene candidates identified by Exome Sequencing approaches for Cluster Headache Patients across the world. She has a background of Engineering and Bioinformatics through her Bachelors and Masters. Currently, she is working on Next Generation Sequencing Data Analysis at University of Lausanne and Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics, Switzerland. She is interested in the looking into, how the change in Copy Number Variation (CNVs) and Single nucleotide polymorphism (SNPs) affect phenotype(s). Other than research, she loves Painting, Photography, Swimming and playing Chess.

Elsa Guillot

Dr Elsa Guillot is a Post-doctoral fellow at the University of Lausanne in Switzerland where she investigates selection signals in humans. She received her PhD in statistical genetics at Massey University (New Zealand)  working on modeling the link between marriage rules and population genetics in humans. Her research interests are human statistical genetics, Bayesian inference for complex system modeling, human societies.

Sara Benmohammed

Sara Benmohammed is a scientific assistant in The Bioinformatics and Biostatistics Core Facility at the EPFL (Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne) (Switzerland). She analyses experimental data, mainly genomic data. She has been working at the EPFL for two years. Previously, she has worked as a Bioinformatics Project Manager two years at the National Museum of Natural History at Paris.
Through her work experience Sara has analysed experimental data (Sequencage, Affymetrix chips, mass spectrometry, …) and developed programs for statistical processing of data. She has been developing software enhancements using principally R, Python and SQL under Linux. She has used and assessed the Genomatix software (Analysis of high-throughput sequencing data), and done support and user training. She has also supervised practical work of students.
She is graduated with a Master in Biotechnology at the University of technology of Compiègne (France) and a Master in Bioinformatics at the University of Paris Diderot (France). She is strongly motivated to act for the development of the Swiss group of students of the international society of computational biology (ISCB-RSG Switzerland). She likes sports, listening to music and traveling.

Giorgio Tamò

Giorgio Tamò is currently a PhD student at EPFL. Prior to coming to EPFL, Giorgio obtained his Bioinformatics Master’s degree in the University of Wageningen (NL) where he studied for one and half years. After doing his master’s thesis in Bio-Prodict, which is a company focused on delivering solutions to protein-engineering problems, Giorgio followed his interests on protein modeling and is now doing his PhD in the Laboratory of Bio-molecular Modeling (LBM) in the Science de la Vie (SV) department. He is mainly interested and involved in projects using diverse approaches ranging from molecular dynamics simulations to metaheuristics algorithms in order to predict the quaternary structures of proteins. During his stay in the LBM, he was the co-author of the lipid membrane online tool lipidBuilder and is currently working with the protein assembly software power.When he is not in the (computional) lab, Giorgio is mostly next to the lake cycling, running, socializing or windsurfing (yes, in the Léman lake!).

Olivia Mariani

Olivia Mariani studied Life Sciences at EPFL where she completed her Master in Bioengineering in July 2013. She did her Master thesis at the Bio-Imaging Group, in collaboration with the Laboratory of Microbiology and Microsystems, at EPFL. She developed an interactive software tool helping with segmentation of rod-shaped bacteria to allow for single-cell analysis. She is currently working as a scientific assistant at the Laboratory of Microbiology and Microsystems.

Cynthia Prudence

Cynthia Prudence is a postdoc in the Département de Biologie Moléculaire Végétale at Université de Lausanne. She is currently working on 3D root modeling and computational morphography. Cynthia earned her Ph.D. Applied Mathematical Sciences with a focus in Biophysics and Bioinformatics from the University of Rhode Island in August 2013.  During her time at the Division of Biological and Medical Physics in the Department of Phyiscs, Cynthia’s research involved protein-protein interaction, computational modeling, and structural bioinformatics. Cynthia also has a Masters in Computer Science with a focus in computer forensics. In her spare time she enjoys photography, traveling, listening to music and sports.

Olga Nikolayeva

Olga was serving as Vice President Industry Relations. She studies Biomedical Engineering at Boston University and ETH Zurich. During her studies she interned at Philips Medical Systems (Quality and Regulatory) and Procter&Gamble (Consumer Research). Currently she is doing a PhD in Bioinformatics at University of Zurich focusing on the analysis of next generation sequencing data. In particular, she works with the powerful long-read PacBio technology. Prior to starting her PhD, Olga worked in R&D of Roche Diagnostics, where she was involved in the hardware and software development of a high-throughput fully-automated molecular diagnostics instrument. She strongly believes in industry-academia interaction and collaboration and would like to foster that through her role at the RSG CH.

Samira Asgari

Onur Tidin

Teresa Didonna

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