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Camilla Jandus MD PhD

Tenure-track Assistant Professor

Camilla is from Bellinzona, the capital of Ticino: the most southerly and Italian speaking Canton in Switzerland. Her private and professional life is driven by a healthy curiosity and desire for innovation, taking inspiration from the phrase, “normal is boring.”

Camilla graduated in 2003 from the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Bern, her medical degree included 6 months as a research fellow at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, and the attainment of a MD thesis from the Institute of Pathology in Bern. She completed her MD-PhD training at the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research in Lausanne, before returning to Bern for 2 years as a post-doctoral researcher at the Pharmacology Institute. In 2012, she was appointed as an Associate Investigator at the Ludwig Center for Cancer Research, University of Lausanne. She progressed on to become a group leader in the Department of Oncology at the University of Lausanne, supported by a prestigious Ambizione Fellowship from the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF). After a 1-year SNSF PRIMA Assistant Professorship in the same department, she was appointed as a Tenure-track Assistant Professor in Janaury 2020, in the Department of Pathology and Immunology, University of Geneva. Since 2019, she has also held the role of Adjunct Scientist at the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research, Lausanne.

Camilla’s main scientific interest is in using cutting-edge technologies to study T cell- and Innate Lymphoid Cell (ILC)-mediated immune responses to human tumors, in order to develop next generation cancer immunotherapy.

Outside of the lab, she enjoys her family and children, she likes travelling, playing music, and cheering for her favourite hockey team, HC Ambrì Piotta.

Sara Trabanelli PhD

Research Associate

Born in Italy in 1980, Sara graduated in 2005 from the Faculty of Biology at the University of Insubria, where she discovered her passion for immunology. In 2006 she moved to Bologna where she made amazing friends and, one year later gained a PhD fellowship, thanks to her master’s degree in dendritic cell biology. In 2010 she was awarded her PhD in Clinical and Experimental Hematology and Hematopathology at the Institute of Hematology “L. & A. Seragnoli”, at the University of Bologna, which involved working on immunological aspects of acute myeloid leukemia. During her PhD, she gave birth to her first child, Mattia, in 2009, and her second child Zoe arrived in 2011 during her first postdoc.

In 2012, Sara moved to Lausanne to start working with Camilla Jandus on newly identified rare and potent cells: the Innate Lymphoid Cells (ILCs). Together with Camilla, Sara developed several projects focused on ILCs that have resulted in publications, grant awards, and ultimately in her coming to the realisation that she has found her scientific home at the right hand of Camilla.

To relax, Sara loves to play piano, to wander and to take pictures. Whilst in Italy she used to play volleyball and coach a volleyball team, whereas in Switzerland she skies and enjoys the thermal baths. Sara loves to travel, to discover new cultures and new places. She really likes to cook and is defined by her non-Italian friends as an “extremist” of Italian cuisine, simply because she is horrified when they want to put cream in the carbonara!   

Alejandra Gomez Cadena MSc PhD

Maître Assistante

After completing her bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences at the Denis Diderot University in Paris, Alejandra decided to dive deeper into the field of immunology, and she obtained her master’s degree in this subject in 2011 from Paris-Est Créteil University. During the last six months of her master’s degree she had the opportunity to go back home to start her internship in the laboratory of Professor Susana Fiorentino in Colombia. She also completed her PhD in Biological Sciences here with a special interest in tumor immunology. During her Master’s and PhD theses she studied the mechanism of action and therapeutic potential of natural complex fractions in order to scientifically validate traditional knowledge and the use of herbal medicine by native communities. During her PhD thesis she once again had the opportunity to do a 1-year international internship that she completed in 2016 in the laboratory of Professor Pedro Romero at the University of Lausanne. Since then, she has joined the Jandus Lab where she has been working on the role of Innate Lymphoid Cells (ILCs) in different preclinical cancer models. Her professional background has allowed her to learn different languages, visit and live in different countries and meet people from around the world. In her spare time she likes to visit new places and always carries her camera with her. She enjoys watching a good football match with a beer at the weekend and, like any other Colombian, going out for a dance! 

Giuseppe Ercolano PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Giuseppe is from Naples in Italy. After a bachelor’s degree in scientific information on drugs and diagnostic products and a master’s degree in Pharmacology, he started his PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences. During his PhD, he spent 1 year as a visiting student in the laboratory of Professor Pedro Romero. Giuseppe followed his passion to study Translational Tumor Immunology which led him to join the Jandus Lab for his postdoctoral training. His work is focused on the evaluation of ILC functions and their involvement in cancer development and progression. 

Giulia Vanoni

PhD Student

Giulia comes from the north of Italy. After a bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences and Technologies, she obtained a master’s degree in Cellular and Molecular Biology from the University of Milan. As part of her training, she spent nine months as an​​ intern in the translational tumor immunology group of Professor Romero at the University of Lausanne, under the supervision of Dr. Jandus. This fellowship confirmed her growing interest in the role of the innate immune system in cancer. She therefore joined the Jandus Lab as a PhD student to continue investigating the interaction between human innate lymphoid cells and the vascular bed in the cancer setting. Apart from doing research, she likes playing the guitar and swing dancing. In addition, she enjoys outdoor activities, especially hiking and beach volleyball. 

Maryline Falquet

PhD Student

After a bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Sciences at the University of Fribourg, she obtained a master’s degree in Medical Biology at the University of Lausanne. Internships during both degrees were spent working on cancer related projects, confirming her interest in this field. To continue pursuing this line of research, she joined the Jandus Lab for her PhD, where she now works on ILC2 functional manipulation in the context of bladder cancer, looking to potentially develop new immunotherapeutic approaches. When not working, she spends the majority of her free time hiking, running or ski touring in the mountains, and when she has the opportunity, she enjoys travelling and discovering new people and places. 

Mara Cenerenti

PhD Student

Mara is from Crespi d’Adda, a northern Italian village which is part of the UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites. Many movies and advertisements were shot there, including the recent movie “18 Presents” in which Mara was an extra. Cinema, however, is not the goal of her career but she does like to be involved in many different activities. She completed her master’s degree in Molecular Biotechnology and Bioinformatics at the University of Milan, where she was the student representative. During this time, she had the opportunity to spend 6 months at the University of Oslo for an Erasmus project and 12 months at the National Institute of Molecular Genetics in Milan completing her master’s thesis. The time spent in Milan confirmed her interest in studying the human immune system and how it can be modulated to create successful immunotherapies. She therefore joined the Jandus group where she works on single cell CD4 T cell profiling in cancer patients. When not at work Mara likes to volunteer, in fact she is the treasurer of the blood donation volunteer association of her native city.

Margaux Saillard

PhD Student

After being awarded a technical degree in Biotechnology in 2015, Margaux went on to complete a bachelor’s degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology in 2016 and a master’s degree in Pharmacology in 2018 at the University of Strasbourg. As part of her study, she had the opportunity to do three internships. The first internship involved a project preventing gene interference and optimizing levels of expression of constitutive TCR/CAR through inducible 6xNFAT mediated expression. The second internship was completed during her master’s degree, in the laboratory of Biophotonics and Pharmacology at the University of Strasbourg, which entailed studying the role of FAK protein in tumor invasion in human melanoma cells. The third internship in 2018, allowed Margaux to develop a high-throughput pMHC multimer synthesis for high dimensional CD8 and CD4 T cell specificity readouts including: miniaturization of the peptide-MHC refolding reaction, improvement of combinatorial staining by flow cytometry, and high-throughput peptide-MHC binding analysis. In May 2019, she started her PhD in the ‘Jandus Lab’ where she works on innovative cancer immunotherapy, harnessing quasi-universal tumor antigen-specific CD4 T cells. When she’s not working, Margaux likes hiking in the Swiss mountains, cooking for her friends and playing the piano.

Marylou Sandri

PhD Student

Marylou is a PhD student in the ‘Jandus Lab.’ She was born in Avignon and studied biology in Marseille, France. Amongst all the things she learnt at university, what fascinated her most were cancerous processes and more precisely, the ability of cancer cells to dialogue with healthy cells in order to protect themselves and escape treatment. Her PhD project fits her area of interest perfectly as she is studying the effect of ILCs on leukemic stem cell survival and clearance.

During her internships in her bachelor’s and master’s degrees, she became familiar with different techniques such as 3D cell culture, microscopy, CRISPR-Cas9 and single-cell RNA sequencing. Her PhD project now requires more flow-cytometry and in vivo studies, so it’s a new challenge!

Switzerland and its amazing landscapes offer her the possibility to enjoy more outdoor activities such as hiking or cycling and also to reconnect with her favorite sport of horse riding.

Anthony Cornu

Lab Technician

Anthony has always been fascinated by biology and has a real passion for the technical skills used by research laboratories in academia. As the development and optimization of experimental protocols requires great rigor and a good dose of creativity, he is well suited to this role. He was convinced at the very young age of 16, to take the CFC Biology Laboratory training course at the University of Geneva, which he successfully completed in 2011. Always in search of new knowledge and challenges, he was pursuing his career in different Academic and Federal laboratories until, in 2017, he found a place in the laboratory of the TCSL Group where the team spirit and desire to overcome many challenges are never lacking.

Tania Wyss Lozano Hoyos PhD

Bioinformatician

Tania originally trained as a molecular biologist in Switzerland. She went on to do a PhD about the interactions between plants and micro-organisms by running field experiments under the hot Florida sun in the USA. Back in Switzerland, but this time in the wet lab, she held a postdoc position investigating the genetics of fungi and learned to analyze data generated by next generation sequencing techniques. She enjoyed learning about bioinformatics so much that a new career path opened up. Having discovered the power of combining biology with methods of data analysis, Tania is now discovering the new world of immunology and the endless possibilities that exist to advance research in this amazing field. She is currently analyzing the genomics data generated by the group of Camilla Jandus.

Hajar El Ahanidi

PhD Student

Hajar is a PhD student at the Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy of Rabat (Morocco). She is a member of a research team comprising doctors, physicians, and students, whose mission is dedicated to the study of the genetics and epigenetics of bladder cancer in Moroccan patients.

After a Bachelor degree in Biological Sciences and a Master’s degree in Medical Biotechnology, Hajar has joined the National Centre for Energy, Sciences and Nuclear Technologies (CNESTEN) to work on her PhD project. Additionally, she was nominated for the Fulbright Joint Supervision Award to work with Pr. Steven Fiering group at Geisel School of Medicine at the prestigious Dartmouth college, and she has recently been awarded the Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship to join Pr. Camilla Jandus lab for the academic year 2020/2021.

 Aside from her PhD research, Hajar participates in the organization of scientific events along with the supervision of bachelor and master Students during their training and dissertation preparation at CNESTEN.

Moreover, Hajar shares her passion for Biology through delivering courses to high school students. She also volunteers to teach children French and English on the side.

 When not in the lab, she enjoys outdoor activities, going to the cinema, and cooking for friends and family.