Xavier Berney - Technician

Judit Castillo Armengol - Other

Judit obtained her Bachelor in Biology from the University of Barcelona in 2013 and her Master’s degree in Biomedical Research from the University Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona) in 2014. Then, she joined the lab of Prof. Lluis Fajas Coll to focus on the role of cell cycle regulators in adipose tissue metabolism, where she completed her PhD in Life Sciences in 2019. Currently, she is working in the lab of Prof. Bernard Thorens as an IMI Novo Nordisk Postdoctoral Research Fellow focusing on the central control of glucose homeostasis.
Sophie Croizier - Maître assistant

Sophie obtained her PhD in 2011 from the University of Franche-Comte in Besancon, France. During her PhD she studied the fetal development of hypothalamic circuits controlling energy balance. She then joined Dr Bouret laboratory at the University of Southern California where she further develops her knowledge in postnatal development of hypothalamic circuits but also investigates their functional regulation. In April 2017, she started her own research project as SNSF Ambizione fellow at the CIG on identifying new factors involved in the synapse formation into hypothalamic arcuate neurons controlling the energy and glucose homeostasis.
Wanda Dolci - Technician

Sevasti Gaspari - Post-doctoral Fellow

Sevasti has obtained a B.Sc in Biology and a M.Sc in Molecular Biology and Biomedicine at University of Crete (Greece). She continued with a Ph.D in Neurobiology in the lab of Dr. Zachariou at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (NY), with a main focus on the role of Regulation of G-protein Signaling in chronic pain and responses to opioids. She applied murine mouse models, biochemistry and whole transcriptome analysis to investigate signal transduction adaptations in the brain associated with long term pain states, and prolonged exposure to opioids. “Staying in the brain” from now on she will be focusing on the exploration of neuronal circuits controlling feeding behavior and glucose homeostasis.
Manon Gervais - Technician

Manon obtained a diploma of assistant engineer in physiology and physiophatology. She worked 18 months in France in several research laboratories in the field of Oncology. From now on, she is pursuing her scientific adventure in the Prof. Thorens Laboratory.
Sébastien Kessler - Post-doctoral Fellow

Sébastien completed a PhD at the University of Neuchâtel, working on the sensory physiology of a mosquito, vector of malaria. He then joined Newcastle University, UK, where he studied the physiology of taste in bees and some aspect of their feeding behaviour. He has joined the group of Prof. Thorens in March 2017 as a postdoc. His research project focuses on the role played by internal nutrient sensors and their associated neural circuits in the feeding preferences of mice.
Gwenaël Labouebe - Senior research assistant

After a master’s degree in computational science achieved in France, Gwenaël joined the University of Geneva where he obtained his PhD under the supervision of the Pr. Christian Lüscher working on the cellular and molecular mechanisms of dependence and addiction. In March 2009, he started a post-doctoral position with the Dr. Stephanie Borgland at the University of British Columbia where he investigated appetitive motivation disorders such as obesity and addiction. Since end of 2011 he is working as a research associate in the Prof. Thorens laboratory where he is studying the interaction between neuronal circuits involved in glucose-sensing and motivated feeding behaviors.
Fanny Langlet - Maître assistant

Fanny Langlet obtained a PhD under the supervision of Dr Bénédicte Dehouck and Dr Vincent Prévot at the University of Lille. Her graduate work was focused on the role of tanycytes within the blood–hypothalamus interface, and has highlighted a new concept in the glucostatic theory of appetite control. For her postdoctoral training, she joined the laboratory of Dr. Domenico Accili in 2014 to study the transcriptional and epigenetic regulation of key hepatic enzymes involved in the maintenance of glucose homeostasis. She joined the lab of Prof. Thorens in October 2017 as a Maître assistant Ambizione FNS. Her research project focuses on the common and subpopulation-specific molecular mechanisms underlying glucose-sensing by tanycytes.
Alexandre Picard - Other

After two years of medical studies, Alexandre continued his studies at the University of Paris 7 and received a Bachelor of cell biology and physiology and a master cell biology, physiology and pathology. He did then a thesis in the field of metabolic diseases on the study of the role of hippocampal lipoprotein lipase in the nervous regulation of energy homeostasis. Alexandre has joined the laboratory of Prof. Thorens in 2013.
Simon Quenneville - Senior research assistant

Simon did a master and a Ph.D. in molecular biology in Canada, where he worked on gene therapy for Duchenne muscular dystrophy. In 2006 he joined Didier Trono’s team in the EPFL, working on developmental epigenetics, notably imprinting and retroelement control. He then joined Amalio Tenlenti’s group at the CHUV, and developed a single-cell RNA-seq pipeline to study CD4 T-cell heterogeneity. He joined the Thorens’lab in July 2015
Ana Rodriguez Sanchez-Archidona - Post-doctoral Fellow

Ana obtained her PhD at the University of Madrid for her work in the inflammatory mammary carcinoma. As a post-doctoral she worked on immunology and cancer in Madrid, Cincinnati and La Jolla in The United States. After, she studied Computational and Systems Biology at the University of Luxembourg and joined the group of Professor Bernard Thorens in 2016 to study type II diabetes.
Antoine Rohrbach - Technician

Antoine is working with Dr Fanny Langlet. He obtained his CFC in the lab of Prof Ivan Rodriguez at the Neurobiology Department of the UNIGE.
Stéphanie Scuderi - Administrative collaborator

Anastasiya Strembitska - Post-doctoral Fellow

Anastasiya obtained her BSc in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Lisbon, IST, Portugal. After that she moved to Glasgow, UK, to pursue a MSc Degree in Translational Medicine and, later, PhD in Cardiovascular Sciences in Dr. Salt’s laboratory at the Glasgow University. During her PhD she studied the effect on hyperinsulinaemia and hyperglycaemia on insulin-stimulated nitric oxide production and mitochondrial phenotype in human macrovascular endothelial cells. Her research in Prof. Thorens’ group will focus on the role of mitochondria in glucose sensing in neurons and regulation of glucagon secretion.