Tatiana Fomekong T. Mbefo, Lab technician

Born in  July 1983

Master in Biochemistry from September 2012 to October 2014 in University of Geneva?

I joined the Goloubinoff lab in March 2017 where I am working on Heat shock proteins(Hsp) expression and purification, also on DNA cloning and purification.


Flavia Canellas, postdoc

Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

B.Sc. Biological Sciences
Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UNIRIO), Brazil.

M.Sc. Biological Chemistry
Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), Brazil.

Ph.D. in Natural Sciences
Institute of Molecular Pathology (IMP)/ University of Vienna (Uni Wien), Austria.

Joined the Goloubinoff lab in October, 2013 and left in July, 2017


Lizi Bensoussan

Born in Israel
B.Sc. studies in Biochemistry and Food Science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel (2010-2013).
M.Sc. studies in Life Sciences at Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel (2013-2015). Explored the bovine rumen metagenome for mining novel cellulosomal complexes and enzymes.

Tam Xuan Lam, postdoc

Born in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (1986)
B.Sc. in Chemistry (2007) at Umeå University, Sweden
Ph.D. in Biochemistry (2015) at Umeå University, Sweden. Worked on the family of Deg proteases in cyanobacteria Synechocystis sp. PCC6803 under Prof. Christiane Funk’s supervision.

Joined the lab of Prof. Pierre Goloubinoff in April 2016. Working on synthetic design and directed evolution of specific disaggregating nanomachines to detoxify disease-causing aggregates.


Rayees Matoo, postdoc

-Born in Kashmir, India
-Bachelors in biochemistry  from Kashmir University
-Masters in biochemistry from Aligarh Muslim University.
-Joined Pierre Goloubinoff lab in October, 2009 and left in 2014

Research Projects:

1.- In vitro reconstitution of human Hsp70 system and its implication in protein misfolding problems.

2.- The mechanism of the ClpB co-chaperone in concert with the polypeptide unfoldase action of the Hsp70/Hsp40/NEF system.

3.- To address the possible polypeptide unfoldase action of the GroEL/GroES chaperonin systems using heat/cold denatured monomeric proteins as substrates.


Alberto Merli

Born in Italy

B.Sc. in Medical and Pharmaceutical Biotechnologies at San Raffaele University (Milan, Italy) 2006-2009
M.Sc. in Molecular Biotechnologies at San Raffaele University (Milan, Italy) 2009-2012

Joined Goloubinoff lab from December 2012 to February 2015


Mahesh Chandak, Postdoc

Native from Maharashtra, India.

PhD from National Institute of Natural Sciences, Japan in 2013.
PhD work on structural flexbility of GroES-GroEL complex.

Joined as a post-doc and worked on molecular chaperone system ( hsp70- hsp40 – hsp110 )


América Fariña Henriquez Cuendet, technical assistant


Andrija Finka, postdoc

-PhD at the University of Lausanne (1999-2005)
-Post-doctorate at the University of Geneva (2005)
-Post-doctorate at Vanderbilt University (2006)
-Post-doctorate at EPFL (2006-2007)
-Post-doctorate at the University of Lausanne (2008-2014)


Smiriti Priya, postdoc

-Born in India
-2000-2003 B.Sc (Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics) Himachal Pradesh Agricultural University, India
-2003-2005 M.Sc. Plant biochemistry and plant Physiology, CSK Himachal Pradesh University, India
-2005-2009 Ph.D Punjab Agricultural University, India
-Joined Pierre Goloubinoff lab from January 2011 to 2014


Anika Braune


Marie-Pierre Hinault, former PhD student

-Post doctoral fellow, UMR Physiologie Moléculaire des Semences, Université Angers (September 2010 – at present)

-Ph.D. Plant Biology, Department of Plant Molecular Biology, University of Lausanne, Switzerland. (2010)

Thesis: “In vitro study of the molecular mechanism of the E. coli Hsp70/Hsp40/NEF chaperone system and its interactions with alpha-synuclein” (2010)


Younousse Saidi, former PhD students

-Post doctoral fellow, School of Biosciences, University of Birmingham (2008-)
-Ph.D. (2007) Plant Biology, Department of Plant Molecular Biology, University of Lausanne, Switzerland.
-M.Sc. (2001) in Plant Biosciences, University Paul Sabatier, Toulouse, France
After a M.Sc. training at INRA, Toulouse, I have been fascinated by the rapid and flexible response of plants to environmental stimuli. I thus went to Lausanne Switzerland to study the response of plants to stresses first with J-P Zrÿd, than with P. Goloubinoff. The excellent working atmosphere at the Department of Plant Molecular Biology and the generous financial support allowed the generation of several bio-monitoring tools to study heat sensing in mosses. The article presented here deciphers the early molecular events following a mild temperature increase. It is amazing to see that plants anticipate molecular damage and induce appropriate well-timed defences via a sensitive plasma membrane sensing device. Through a fruitful collaboration with F.J.M Maathuis at the Department of Biology, York, we confirmed that calcium permeable channels are central to the sensing of a mild temperature rise and the optimal triggering of the cellular stress response.


Anat Ben-Zvi, former PhD student

-Ph.D.: The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
-Post-doctorate: Northwestern University, Evanston, USA
-Position: Senior Lecturer
-Faculty of Natural Sciences 


Jérôme Lugrin, former master student

Actually candidate to PhD in the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois (CHUV) in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Master Thesis “Comparative study of the induction of the genes coding for molecular chaperones by mild heat stress as compared to their induction by beta-aminobutyric acid”. Department of Plant Molecular Biology, University of Lausanne, Switzerland. (2006)


Dr. Pierre Haldimann, formed post-doc

– Senior Research Assistant, University of Lausanne(2006-2010)
– Senior Research Assistant, University of Bern (2001-2005)
– Post Doctorate, University of Fribourg (2000-2001)
– Post Doctorate, University of Geneva (1994-1999)
– Ph. D., Swiss Federal Institute of Technology of Zurich (1994)


Dr. Eliora Ron


Maude Muriset

– born in Yverdon
– biomedical technician diploma from “école supérieure de la santé” in Lausanne (2004)
– worked  at ISREC for one year
– joined Pierre Goloubinoff’s lab in november 2006 – January 2011
– February 2011 CHUV


Sandeep Sharma, postdoc

After completing my Ph.D. in 2005, I joined Department of Zoology, Ramjas College, University of Delhi, as a Lecturer. In June, 2006 I came to Switzerland as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the laboratory of Prof. Philipp Christen, Department of Biochemistry, University of Zurich, to study the “Functionality and Mechanism of the Stress-Responsive Molecular Chaperone Hsp70 and Heavy Metal Toxicity”.  In January 2007, I joined the laboratory of Prof. Pierre Goloubinoff as a Postdoctoral Fellow to elucidate the functionality and mechanism of the Hsp70 chaperone system.


-Born in Chandigarh, India (1978)
-Bachelor of Science (1998) India
-Master of Science in Zoology (2000) India

-Ph.D. (2005) “Development of food biosensors and characterization of lactase from the catfish, Clarias gariepinus” Institute of   Genomics and Integrative Biology (Council of Scientific and Industrial Research) and Department of Zoology, University of Delhi, India.

-Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology (IGIB), Council of Scientific and Industrial Research-Government of India, India (July 2005-Feb 2006)

-Lecturer, Department of Zoology, Ramjas College, University of Delhi, India (August 2005- May 2006).

-Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Biochemistry, University of Zurich, Switzerland (June-Dec 2006)

-Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Plant Molecular Biology, University of Lausanne, Switzerland (2007-2011)


Daniel-Adrien Wurlod, MS Student

Projet maîtrise:

Etude des effets thérapeutiques de deux de médicaments inducteurs de chaperonnes moléculaires sur la motilité et le vieillissement d’un model C. elegans de maladie neurodégénerative.