Rodrigo Reis (PI)
Rodrigo is originally from Brazil with a PhD in Plant Molecular Biology from the University of Sydney, Australia. After a postdoc in the University of Lausanne, Switzerland, he was granted an Eccellenza Assistant Professorship position to join the University of Bern, starting on October 2022. In Bern, he leads efforts to understand how plants adapt to elevated temperatures, with a focus on posttranscriptional regulation and RNA structure.
Keywords: posttranscriptional regulation; RNA structure; thermomorphogenesis
Contact: rodrigo.reis at unibe.ch
Dolly Mehta (Post-Doc, Her)
Dolly is originally from India and currently a research associate in Dr. Arati Ramesh's lab at NCBS, India. She will be joining the lab as a Post-doctoral fellow in 2023. Her research interests lie in the discovery of novel RNA structures in gene regulation using bioinformatics approaches.
Keywords: RNA structure-function; computational discovery of RNA families; RNA- protein interactions; regulatory RNAs.
Jing Min (PhD candidate)
Jing Min obtained her BSc in Ecology from Lanzhou University. She then moved to Hong Kong and obtained her MPhil in plant molecular biology from the Hong Kong Baptist University, where she worked on RNA capping process in Arabidopsis. Jing Min joined the lab as a PhD student, where she continues in her field of interest—RNA biology— studying RNA structure and posttranscriptional regulation in plant adaptation.
Keywords: RNA structure; RNA metabolism; thermomorphogenesis; RNA modifications; translational regulation.
Contact: jingmin.hua at unibe.ch
Shitij Gupta (PhD candidate)
Shitij comes from India, where he obtained his master’s degree in Plant Molecular Biology and Biotechnology from the University of Delhi. Since then, he has been a research fellow under the coveted CSIR-NET junior research fellowship offered by the Indian government. He joined the lab as a PhD student working on the facets of RNA structure-mediated adaptation in plants. Shitij is a recipient of the prestigious Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship.
Keywords: RNA Biology; HSFs; Arabidopsis; Structutal and Functional Genomics; Thermomorphogenesis; Computational Biology
Contact: shitij.gupta at unibe.ch
Dominique Vuarambon (PhD Candidate)
Dominique moved from Argentina to Switzerland to obtain her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Biology and Molecular Life Sciences from the University of Lausanne (UNIL). After that, as a research assistant in Yves Poirier’s group at UNIL, she worked on long non-coding RNAs, among other projects. After positions in biopharma consulting (Germany) and MedTech (Switzerland), she joined the lab as a PhD candidate to study functional RNA structures in thermomorphogenesis.
Keywords: RNA structure, genome-wide transcriptomics, functional analysis, evolution, thermomorphogenesis, bioinformatics.
Contact: dominique.vuarambon at unibe.ch
Floriane Cherrier (technician & lab manager for safety)
Floriane comes from France, where she graduated in BSc. in Biotechnology in 2014. After working with mosquitoes, studying malaria at the Pasteur Institute in Paris, she moved to Bordeaux to work with mice to establish a new model for cutaneous lymphoma. After six years in Bordeaux, she moved to Bern, Switzerland, to work with the plant model Arabidopsis as a technician in the Jullien (primarily) and Reis lab.
Keywords: multi-species, DNA methylation, molecular biology techniques, flow cytometry, cell culture, histology, in vivo experiments
Contact: floriane.cherrier at unibe.ch