Former members

All former members of the group in alphabetical order with (some) hints, sometimes out of date, on what they are doing now.

Yanis Bouchenak-Khelladi

Yanis Bouchenak-Khelladi did his PhD at Trinity College Dublin from 2003 to 2007 under the supervision of Trevor Hodkinson, Vincent Savolainen and myself. His PhD thesis was on grass evolution and diversification. He’s doing now a postdoc at the University of Zurich.

Pascal-Antoine Christin

Pascal-Antoine did his PhD at the University of Lausanne from 2005 to 2009 under the supervision of Guillaume Besnard and myself. His PhD thesis was on the evolution of C4 photosynthesis in grasses. After a postdoc at Brown University with Erika Edwards, he’s now lecturer at the University of Sheffield.

Linda Dib

Linda did a postdoc in my lab from 2011 and 2014. She then went on working as a research associate, first with Bogdan Dragansky and then with David Gfeller. She is now a senior scientific advisor in statistics and big data analysis at the Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics.

Walid Gharib

Walid did a postdoc in my lab from January 2014 to June 2015. He is now a research assistant at the Interfaculty Bioinformatics Unit at the University of Bern.

Wim Hordijk

Wim Hordijk did a postdoc in my lab from September 2007 to December 2008 working on new methods to estimate rates of speciation and extinction from phylogenetic trees. You can follow him around the world here.

Alexandra Kalantzi

Alexandra worked from 2011 and 2013 on a project to port our FastCodeML software on the BlueGen/Q of CADMOS. She is now doing a PhD in Matteo dal Parero’s group at the EPFL.

Anna Kostikova

Anna did her PhD from 2009 to 2014 on a project in collaboration with Peter Pearman. She worked on the evolution of the ecological niche in Polygonaceae and on comparative models of phenotypic evolution. She is now moving to a new position in Amsterdam.

Sacha Laurent

Sacha did his PhD from 2011 to 2016 in the groups of Marc Robinson-Rechavi and myself. He worked on the effect of genome duplication and polyploidisation on rates of species diversification. The primary focus was on plants and fish and the goals were to develop novel approaches to test rates of speciation and extinction from phylogenetic trees.

Glenn Litsios

Glenn did his master and PhD from 2008 to 2015 in my group on a collaborative project between the WSL, the University of Fribourg and our group. He worked on the adaptive radiation of the clownfishes. He will soon start a new job at the Federal Office for Environment.

Xavier Meyer

Xavier did a PhD in Computer Sciences at the University of Geneva (co-supervised by Bastien Chopard and Nicolas Salamin). He then came to our group to do a postdoc in 2017 to work on efficient parallelization strategies to speed up phylogenetic reconstructions. He is now working at the University of Berkely with John Huelsenbeck on a project funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation.

Charlotte Ndiribe

Charlotte did her PhD at the University of Lausanne from 2009 to 2013 under the supervision of Antoine Guisan and myself. Her project was funded by a fellowship from the Faculty of Biology and Medicine and by the University of Lausanne and aimed at developing new methods to comparatively analyse the phylogenetic ecology of plant communities and how this determines their distribution in the western Swiss Alps.

Dorothea Pio

Dorothea did her PhD at the University of Lausanne from 2007 to 2011 under the supervision of Antoine Guisan and myself. Her project was funded by a Marie Curie ERTN and aimed at assessing the relevance of phylogenetic diversity measures in different groups of organisms from South Africa. She’s been working as a technical advisor for the UNESCO in Indonesia and is now part of Fauna & Flora International.

Virginie Ricci

Virginie did her Master project in 2017 in our group followed by an internship until August 2018. She is now doing her PhD in the lab of Walter Salzburger at the University of Basel.

Hannes Schabauer

Hannes did a postdoc on a HP2C project funded by the Swiss National SuperComputing Center. The project, in collaboration with Marc Robinson-Rechaviand Heinz Stockinger, aimed at developping an efficient parallel implementation to estimate models of codon evolution with maximum likelihood.

Martha Liliana Serrano-Serrano

Martha did her PhD at the University of Lausanne from 2011 to 2016. Her project, in collaboration with Mathieu Perret from the Conservatoires et Jardin Botanique de Genève, investigated the correlates and genetic basis of plant diversification in the Neotropics by looking at the Gesneriaceae as a case study. Martha received the Faculty award for her PhD thesis and, after a postdoctoral position at the University of Fribrough, she is now working at Roche.

Asheesh Shanker Sharma

Asheesh did a postdoc in my lab in 2010. His project was funded by a joint Indo-Swiss International Program. He looked at positive selection events with the chloroplast genomes of Poaceae using bioinformatic tools.

Kana Yamada

Kana did her PhD in my lab and successfully defended her thesis in 2018. Her project investigated the evolution of the rbcS gene in angiosperms and grasses.