Christel GENOUD PhD, MER, Head of EMF / email / +41 21 692 52 48 / office 1219

Christel Genoud is an electron microscopist with a background in neuroscience. She studied at the University of Lausanne and got her PhD studying the plasticity of the mouse cortex with electron microscopy under the supervision of Graham Knott in the group of E Welker . She then went in industry and worked for GATAN to develop and launch the volumeSEM technique called 3View inspired by the microtome developed by W. Denk. In 2008, she joined the Friedrich Miescher Institute in Basel (a Novartis Research Foundation affiliated to the University of Basel) and built an EM facility based on volume SEM techniques. Since 2016, she managed the cryo-EM facility of the FMI shared with Novartis.
  • Responsible for the facility since July 2020
  • PhD at UNIL in 2006 studying the plasticity of the mouse cortex by serial sections
  • From 2009 to 2020, Head of EM (co-head of Facility for Imaging and Microscopy) at Friedrich Miescher Institute in Basel (a Novartis Research Foundation affiliated to the University of Basel) based on volume SEM techniques.
  • During the period 2016-2020, head of the FMI cryo-EM facility shared with Novartis.

Jean DARASPE Msc, Chief of operations, deputy head / email  / +41 21 692 50 61 / office 1217

Jean obtained his master’s degree in plant sciences at the University of Paris XI in 2005 using confocal microscopy. He acquired his knowledge of electron microscopy after joining the team of Dr. Jean-Marc Verbavatz at the CEA in Saclay, France. Jean joined the EMF in 2008 as a research scientist. He is in charge of all aspects of sample preparation available at the EMF for transmission electron microscopy (TEM) preparation and imaging, using his years of practical experience with biological samples. He is also involved in the development of informatics tools for the automatic image acquisition and analysis of bio-EM samples. Jean trains users in electron microscopy during one-on-one hands-on training sessions and in workshops given by the facility.
  • Expert in TEM, FIBSEM, tomography and cryo-tomography
  • Coordinator of the trainings for the users
  • Responsible for the maintenance of all instruments, coordination with suppliers
  • Responsible for the booking system, billing system and IT infrastructure
  • Master’s degree in plant sciences at the University of Paris XI in 2005
  • EM expert in the group of Dr. Jean-Marc Verbavatz at the CEA in Saclay, France.
  • Research scientist at EMF since 2008.

Irina KOLOTUEV PhD Expert Scientist  / email / +41 692 50 52 / office 1217

Irina received her Ph.D. from Technion, Israel, in 2007, and did her postdoctoral studies at IGBMC, France, investigating the cellular and genetic mechanisms of organogenesis. She joined the CNRS at 2011 as the Head of the EM facility at University of Rennes 1, France. She has been part of the EMF since 2016 and currently splits her time between administrative duties and research projects requiring the development of novel microscopy techniques and state-of-the-art EM procedures. Irina uses light and electron microscopy imaging techniques, often in combination, to visualize biological processes in small model organisms (C. elegans, Drosophila). For this, she has developed volume-imaging techniques such as array tomography and focused ion beam as well as correlative techniques. Throughout her career, Irina has transferred her knowledge and expertise via personalized workshops, hands-on demonstrations, and various courses.
  • Expert in array-tomography, responsible for all project using array tomo
  • Expert in classical TEM and FIBSEM for small models organisms
  • Independent researcher 30%
  • Ph.D. from Technion, Israel, in 2007
  • Postdoc at IGBMC, France, cellular and genetic mechanisms of organogenesis.
  • Head of the EM facility at University of Rennes 1, CNRS, France 2011-2016
  • Expert scientist at EMF since 2016.

Antonio MUCCIOLO HES engineer, SEM on Quanta / email / +41 21 692 50 69 / office 1214

Antonio was trained in engineering at HES in Yverdon-les-Bains, Switzerland. He has been an integral part of the EMF since 2004, starting his EM career under the direction of Professor Jacques Dubochet. He manages projects related to scanning electron microscopy (SEM), from sample preparation to image acquisition and data interpretation. Antonio’s expertise includes cryo-SEM, environmental SEM, and EDX analysis using either SEM or TEM. He trains EMF users who wish to acquire independence in his areas of expertise. Antonio is also responsible for laboratory safety at the EMF and thus, is our safety correspondent (COSEC).
  • Responsible for SEM, cryo-SEM, environmental SEM and EDX on Quanta200 TFS
  • Safety correspondent (COSEC)
  • Engineer HES (cours du soir) in Yverdon-les-Bains, Switzerland.
  • EMF member since 2004.

Damien DE BELLIS MSc Lab tech, Plant expert / email  / +41 21 692 46 68 / office 1214

Damien received his master’s degree in biology from the University of Lausanne, Switzerland, in 2014, and then joined the EMF. He currently splits his time working in the facility and doing EM projects for the group of Professor Niko Geldner. In the EMF, Damien is involved in projects related to TEM and volume microscopy, from sample preparation to image acquisition and data interpretation. He develops and perfects sample preparation methods, in particular, in the domain of plant biology, and for samples that are difficult to process. Damien trains users during one-on-one training sessions and workshops, and advises on experimental procedures in his domain of competence.
  • 40% affiliated to the group of N. Geldner for service in EM
  • Responsible for all projects in plant science
  • Expert in sample prep, imaging and image analysis for plant samples
  • Training of users and workshops
  • Msc in biology from the UNIL, Switzerland, in 2014
  • Lab technician at EMF since 2014

Olivia Muriel Lopez PhD , CDD, expert CLEM   / email  / +41 21 692 50 01 / office 1217

  • Affiliated to the group of Pr. S. Martin
  • Expert in in-situ CLEM
  • PhD in 2011 from the University of Madrid studying cellular trafficking by EM.
  • Post-doc from 2012-2016 at the University of Geneva by Pr J Gruenberg
  • Post-doc in the group of Pr Sophie Martin 2016- 2021 , focusing on the technique of in-situ CLEM developed by Pr Wanda Kukulski.

Wei Jiao PhD, Post-doc, Research and Dev. / email  / +41 21 692 50 01 / office 1217

  • Expert in advanced light microscopy technique (light sheet, superresolution)
  • Responsible for implementation of new techniques of CLEM in collaboration with the light microscopy platform, before we can offer them as service
  • Expert in CLEM in neuroscience, development of immuno and cryo-FIBSEM in neuronal tissue
  • PhD in 2011 at Karolinska Institute, Sweden
  • Post-doc 2011-2015, New-York in the group of Pr McCabe
  • Post-doc at EPFL 2016-2021, advanced light microscopy techniques

Nathalie CHAVANNES Secretary  / email / +41 21 692 50 50 / office 1110

Nathalie has great experience in dealing with administrative tasks. She is the administrative manager of the EMF. She joined the EMF at 2011. Since then, she has been in charge of billing, purchase orders, and human resources. She also helps with the financial planning for the facility.
  • Administrative assistant of the EMF at 40% since 2011.
  • Responsible of ordering, issuing the bill every month
  • Responsible for HR admin in collaboration with HR dept