Alumni and testimony

Former Ph.D. students (updating in work since 13.09.2021)

who fulfilled the requirements of the doctoral program.

NAME Surname

PhD thesis title (with link to PhD thesis if available)

Date of graduation

ACCOSSATO Sonia Post-translational modifications of TOC159 at early developmental stages in
Arabidopsis thaliana.
June 2020
AELLEN Mélisande What the cognitive abilities of the cleaner fish Labroides dimidiatus may tell
us about vertebrate brain evolution.
April 2020
ALBINI Monica Biopatina : optimization of an innovative conservation treatment for copper-based artefacts (thesis) March 2017
AMOSSE Joël La faune du sol comme indicateur de la qualité des sols urbains : étude des communautés de vers de terre, d'enchytréides et de nématodes et de leurs relations avec des sols d'âges différents (thesis) April 2014
ARRIGO Nils Gene flow between wheat and its European wild relatives April 2009
AUGUSTINUS Benno On potential risks and benefits of an accidentally introduced weed biological
control agent in Europe: the case of the ragweed leaf beetle, Ophraella communa
June 2020
BAKHTIARI Mojtaba Plant defense responses to herbivory above- and belowground and herbivore‐mediated selection on plant defense traits along elevation gradient November 2019
BALMER (-PENA UMANA) Andrea BABA and Co.- Deciphering the chemical vocabulary of priming (thesis) October 2018
BALMER Dirk Above- and belowground antifungal resistance in maize: aspects of organ-specific defense (thesis) February 2013
BARREAUX Antoine Ecological immunity of "Anopheles gambiae" mosquitoes (thesis) April 2016
BELLAMECHE Fares Induced resistance in wheat Mars 2020
BERGGOETZ Mirko Ticks and tick-borne pathogens at the interplay of game and livestock animals in South Africa (thesis) July 2013
BERGOTTINI Veronica Assessing the role of native plant growth-promoting Rhizobacteria as bio-inoculants for Yerba Mate ("Ilex paraguariensis") (thesis) May 2015
BERTHET Mélissa Semantic content in Titi monkey alarm call sequences (thesis) May 2018
BLANDENIER Quentin Exploration and characterization of Amoebozoa diversity and investigation of their diversity patterns at regional and global scales. March 2020
BOACHON Benoit Study of the interaction between the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana and the pathogenic bacteria Pseudomonas syringae (thesis) November 2012
BOLLI Jacqueline A multiscale assessment of plant dispersal (thesis) May 2009
BORGEAUD Christèle Strategic social behaviour in wild vervet monkeys (thesis) March 2016
BORNAND Christophe Towards understanding commonness and rarity in the Swiss flora and improving field measures of plant abundance May 2014
BRANCIARD Lorelise Functional analysis of Phytophthora brassica RxLR-dEER effector May 2012
BRANDENBURG Anna The effect of nectar reduction in Petunia Axillaris on foraging and  pollination behavior of nocturnal hawkmoths, observed in laboratory and field behavioral assays (thesis) September 2009
BRAVO Daniel Assessing the diversity and metabolism of oxalotrophic bacteria in tropical soils (thesis) June 2013
BRECHBUEHL Rolf Direct and indirect effects in a tritrophic predator-prey-plant system November 2009
BREUILLIN Florence Genetic and nutritional regulation of the AM (arbuscular mycorrhizal) symbiosis May 2009
BRIAND Françoise Les phéromones sexuelles: utilisées comme moyen de lutte. Evaluation de leur efficacité et mesure de leur impact physiologique sur les vers de la grappe (thesis) April 2009
BRIEFER FREYMOND Sabrina Characterizing stereotypies in horses: physiology, personality-coping style, learning abilities and ontogeny (thesis) October 2018
BRUESSOW Friederike Recognition of insect eggs in Arabidopsis modulates defense responses November 2011
BRUGGISSER Odile Understanding the structure of interactions and the dynamics of spider populations in agricultural ecosystems (thesis) June 2010
BRUNO Pamela Tritrophic interactions: Possible host-plant effects on the resistance of diabrotica pests to natural enemies August 2021
BUECHE Matthieu Spore-forming bacteria as indicators of pollution in sediments of Lake Geneva (thesis) April 2014
CHAPPUIS Charles The behaviour of the tsetse fly Glossina pallidipes (Diptera, Glossinidae): from host seeking to biting (thesis) September 2013
CHEN Yi Impact of stacked Bt maize on aquatic non-target arthropods December 2020
CHEENACHAROEN Saran The pattern of symbiont selectivity of Lobaria pulmonaria and its photobiont Dictyochloropsis reticulata December 2013
CHIRIBOGA MORALES Xavier Entomopathogenic nematodes associated with Swiss agricultural soils: improving soil health by integrating soil and chemical ecology approaches (thesis) October 2017
CHOUDHURY Rimjhim Roy Impact of long terminal repeat retrotransposons on genomic variation in Arabis alpina October 2018
CHROBOCK Thomas Multi-species studies on traits affecting plant invasion success September 2011
COMENSOLI Lucrezia Development and evaluation of a microbial method to stabilize archaeological iron (thesis) May 2017
COPPOLA Carla Functions of RMR proteins in intracellular trafficking in the moss Physcomitrium patens Mitten (previously Physcomitrella patens) January 2021 
CUNY Maximilien Top-down and bottom-up plant-mediated interactions on wild Lima bean, Phaseolus lunatus (thesis) November 2018
DAUPHIN Benjamin Evolution of moonwort ferns (Botrychium, Ophioglossaceae) on local to global scales (thesis) October 2017
DE CARBONNEL Matthieu PKS2: A link between phototropin signalling and auxin transport - A study on how plants sense and respond to light (thesis) June 2009
DESHPANDE Adwait Social learning and flexibility in vocal communication of wild vervet monkeys June 2021 
DE LANGE Elvira Tritrophic interactions on cultivated maize and its wild ancestor, teosinte (thesis) September 2013
DI LASCIO Felice Social strategies and tool use in wild corvids January 2014
DURAND Jonas Evolution of pathogen's diversity in a vector-borne diseaseecosystems April 2016
EISENRING Michael Implications of Inherent and Genetically Engineered Plant Defense Mechanisms for Plant-Herbivore Interactions in Cotton August 2017
ERB Matthias Modification of plant resistance and metabolism by above- and belowground herbivores (thesis) March 2009
ERCOLIN Flavia Ph-CCaMK. A bridge between Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Symbiosis and the fertility process April 2012
FERNANDEZ PARRA Leonardo D. Assessing the patterns and causes in diversity of free-living microbial eukaryotes using biogeographical, macroecological and landscape genetic approaches December 2016
FERRO Katia The impact of oxalogenic plants on soil carbon dynamics – formation of a millenium storage as calcium carbonate (thesis) September 2011
FILIPPIDOU Sevasti Diversity and metabolism of endospore-forming bacteria in geothermal environments   April 2016
FOURNIER Bertrand Above- and below-ground aspects of floodplain restoration: from biodiversity to ecosystem functions (thesis) July 2013
FORMENTI Ludovico Do soil beneficial organisms favour plant local adaptation? November 2019
FRACASSETTI Marco Genetic diversity and climate adaption in Arabidopsis lyrata October 2016
FREI Jerôme Physiologie respiratoire et comportements anthropophiles notables du principal vecteur de de la malaria Anopheles gambiae Giles (Diptera: Culicidae) August 2018
GEISER Céline Genome evolution and mechanisms underlying reproductive isolation in the polyploid "Biscutella laevigata" (thesis) July 2014
Genné Vizcando Dolorès Inter-strain interactions of a vector-borne parasite over its life cycle Februar 2021
GINGINS Simon Adaptations to a cleaning life: a comparative approach April 2016
GIROD Pierre From Asia to Europe, evaluation of parasitoids for the biological control of the invasive fruit pest Drosophila suzukii December 2017
GOMAA Fatma Molecular Phylogeny and Taxonomy of Testate Amoebae (Protist) and Host-Symbiont Evolutionary Relationships within Mixotrophic Taxa (thesis) August 2012
GOMEZ CHAMORRO Andrea Immunoecology of a Rodent Reservoir Host of the Lyme Disease Pathogen: The bank vole - Borrelia afzelii model June 2018
GRANDI Luca Interactions between cotton plants mediated by volatile organic compounds: prospects for pest control? August 2020
GUEUNING Morgan Assessing wild bee diversity using next generation sequencing October 2019
GURBA Alexandre Aspects of the sensory physiology of the pollination syndrome of Petunia axillaris and mating in moth pests (thesis) September 2013
HAGENBUCHER Steffen Indirect plant-mediated competition in Bt cotton and the consequences for aphid parasitoids October 2012
HAHN Anselm Min Bigger, stronger and faster - Invasion ecology of the polyploid plant species Centaurea stoebe October 2012
HALLER Simone Risk assessment for non-target species - evaluating chances and risks of genetically engineered plants   April 2017
HAMLEY Jonathan The Role of Age-Structure and Genetic Constraints in Host-Parasite Coevolution June 2017
HAUSER Gaël Effects of sublethal doses of an insecticide on the vectorial capacity of the malaria vector Anopheles gambiae October 2019
HASHMI (-JAMIL) Isha Improving bio-inoculation for sustainable agriculture March 2019
HERMANN Katrin Genetics underlying sexual organ morphology and its relevance for pollinator interaction in the genus Petunia December 2012
HERNANDEZ CUMPLIDO Johnattan Direct and indirect defense response of Lima bean ("Phaseolus lunatus") to herbivory : implications for tritrophic interactions (thesis) March 2015
HERRMANN Coralie Biology of Borrelia burgdorferi-infected and non-infected Ixodes ricinus ticks in the context of climate change (thesis) June 2013
HILFIKER Olivier Insect eggs induce a systemic acquired resistance in Arabidopsis April 2017
HILTPOLD Ivan Manipulation of tritrophic interactions : a key for belowground biological control? (thesis) October 2008
HUMBERT Sylvia Discovery of anammox bacteria in terrestrial ecosystems (thesis) December 2010
HUYNH Stella Comparative phylogeography of diploid and allopolyploid wild wheats Aegilops species September 2018
IRAVANI Majid The role of red deer in soil seed bank and vegetation dynamics of subalpine grasslands (thesis) June 2009
JACCARD Charlyne The consequences of domestication on the chemical ecology of plant-insect interactions in Squash July 2021
JACQUET Maxime The effect of acquired immunity on co-feeding transmission of the Lyme disease bacteria, Borrelia afzelii September 2015
JAFFUEL Geoffrey Enhancing the use of entomopathogenic nematodes for biological control of root pests: from field persistence to improved shelf-life June 2016
JOURDIE Violaine Parasotoid communities and genetic structure : host plant does not matter (thesis) September 2008
KAMBA MEBOUROU Emmanuel Investigations on resting site preferences by the tsetse fly Glossina pallidipes (Diptera, Glossinidae) as a means of improving the efficacy of visual baits for tsetse population control December 2016
KAISER Deborah Biological control of pollen beetles with the entomopathogenic fungus Beauveria bassiana and natural substances. December 2020
KESSLER Sébastien The sugar meal of the african malaria mosquito Anopheles gambiae Giles and how deterrent compounds interfere with it : perception mechanisms and physiological implications October 2013
KOENIG Isabelle Using testate amoeba community structure and functional diversity to assess the impact of climate changes on ecosystem functioning: finding relevant and convenient tools for bio-monitoring of Sphagnum peatlands evolution or recovery July 2017

Roots, earthworms and mycorrhizae : individual and interactive effects on some chemical, physical and biological properties of soils (thesis)

June 2009
KOOLI Wafa Evaluation of biomineralization properties of bacteria for the removal of chloride species and the stabilization of iron artefacts April 2018
KOPHIMAI Yuppayao Population genetics of the fen specialist moss Scorpidium cossonii in eastern Switzerland December 2013
KOSAKYAN Anush Phylogeny, systematics and ecology of free living microorganisms; case study: family Hyalospheniidae (thesis) April 2014
KRETZSCHMAR Tobias Pleiotropic drug resistance type ABC transporters in Petunia hybrida : novel roles in symbiotic interactions, branch development and herbivory defense (thesis) May 2009
LAMON Noèmie Object manipulation and tool use in wild chimpanzees of the Budongo Forest, Uganda July 2017
LAWO Nora Compatibility of Bt-transgenic crops with biological control (thesis) September 2008
LOVIS Léonore Evaluation of acaricide resistance in the cattle tick, Rhipicephalus (Boophilus) microplus, using a new in vitro test and molecular tools (thesis) July 2012
LUCCHETTI Matteo Angelo Pyrrolizidine alkaloids: occurrence in bee products and impact on honeybees (Apis mellifera L.) May 2017
LUETHI Christoph Impact of transgenic legumes expressing an α-amylase inhibitor on storage pests and their natural enemies November 2012
MAAG Daniel Benzoxazinoids at the metabolic interface between plants and insects April 2016
ALBEDA BERENGUER Magdalena Biological strategies for the preservation of waterlogged archaeological wood November 2020
MARIE-ORLEACH Lucas Post-copulatory sexual selection in a simultaneous hermaphrodite November 2013
MARTIN Charlotte Resistance elements of small grain cereals against Fusarium head blight and contribution of Health Promoting Compounds November 2017
MARTIN Meryll Proprotein import in chloroplast biogenesis : identification and characterisation of a strong dimerisation mutant of atToc159 (thesis) November 2011
MARTINIS Jacopo Functional characterization of three ABC1-like kinases found in the plastoglobule proteome (thesis) December 2012
MAZZEI BARBOSA Renata Causes and consequences of social phenotypic variation in the Caribbean facultative cleaning goby Elacatinus prochilos March 2019
MENIRI Magali Oxidative stress as a life history constant? - Perspectives from a bat species with alternative reproductive tactics July 2018
MERCIER Stéphanie Social influence on vocal communication in wild vervet monkeys September 2018


MONTANDON Cyrille Identification and characterization of putative Toc159 interacting partners (thesis) May 2015
MORADI Aboubakr Revisiting chitinases and beta-1,3-glucanases as tools for plant protection Mars 2021
MULOT Matthieu Effects of simulated climate change on the structure and functioning of Sphagnum peatlands - an experimental and modeling study June 2016
MUNUSAMY LAKSHMANAN Ashok Discovering the functions of the acidic domain of Toc159 (thesis) November 2014
OCCHIALINI Alessandro Localization and interaction of AtRMR receptors in the plant secretory pathway (thesis) May 2011
PACCARD Antoine The evolution of quantitative traits in response to drought in Arabidopsis lyrata (thesis) March 2013
PALMIERI Fabio Bacterial oxalotrophy as an alternative biocontrol approach for the fight against pulmonary aspergillosis June 2021 
PAUL Christophe Spore-forming bacteria as a proxy for the reconstruction of past environment and possible use for the detection of antibiotic resistance genes in the environment November 2019
PERE Christelle Ecological impact of the invasive horse-chestnut leaf miner, Cameraria ohridella DESCHKA & DIMIC (Lepidoptera, Gracillariidae), on native species (thesis) February 2009
PIPITONE Rosa A bi-phasic model of chloroplast biogenesis during de-etiolation in Arabidopsis thaliana. April 2020
PLANCHAMP Chantal Direct and indirect effects of the rhizobacteria Pseudomonas putida KT2440 on maize plants (thesis) May 2013
PLUESS Thérèse Enhancement of pest risk analysis techniques April 2011
PRALON Thibaut Characterization of two UbiE methytransferase-related proteins found in the plastoglobules. An implication in the biosynthesis of a lipid present in plastoglobules? August 2019
REINHOLD Heike Characterization of nuclear beta-amylases involved in the regulation of plant growth and development in Arabidopsis thaliana (thesis) Jannuary 2010
RION Vanessa Evolutionary dynamics of small-sedge fens and wet meadows in Swiss and French Haut-Jura on a temporal scale of few decades October 2015
ROBERT Christelle The key to success : host plant adaptations in the root herbivore 'Diabrotica virgifera virgifera' (thesis) February 2011
ROJAS MORA Luis Consequences of oxidative stress and social status on avian sperm competition and antioxidant resource allocation April 2016
ROTTET Sarah Caractérisation fonctionnelle des protéines NAP13 et NAP14. Implication dans un transport de lipides entre la membrane des thylacoïdes et les plastoglobules? April 2016
SAMARITANI Emanuela Spatio-temporal variability and restoration effects on below-ground biodiversity and soil ecosystem functioning at the Thur floodplain, Switzerland (thesis) November 2013
SCHOMBURG Andreas Ecosystem engineers' contribution to soil structure formation in floodplains December 2018
SCHNEE Sylvain Facteurs de résistance à l'oïdium (Erysiphe necator Schwein.) chez la vigne (Vitis vinifera L.) (thesis) December 2008
SENERCHIA Natacha Transposable element and genome evolution following hybridization in wild wheats (thesis) May 2014
SEPPEY Christophe Assessing soil micro-eukaryotic diversity using high-throughput amplicons sequencing: spatial patterns from local to global scales and response to ecosystem perturbation June 2017
SIMON Anaële Assessing the importance of fungal highways-driven bacterial dispersal (thesis) April 2016
SINGER David A molecular approach to microeukaryotic diversity, ecology and biogeography associated with Sphagnum mosses February 2017
SOYK Sebastian Investigation of cellular signaling events involving nuclear β-amylases in Arabidopsis thaliana (thesis) July 2013
SPICHER (-ATAURI) Livia Prenylquinones and carotenoids - potential mediators of tolerance of higher plants to combined light and temperature stress February 2017
SRIRANGANADANE Dev Comparison of proteolytic system secreted in Dermatophytes and Aspergillus fumigatus used as a reference (thesis) March 2011
STAUBER Léa Emergence and population genomics of the highly invasive chestnut blight pathogen February 2021
STEFANELLI Francesco Plant-made β-aminobutyric acid: first attempts to define synthesis and localization  
STEINEGGER Marc Collaborative hunting in the yellow saddle goatfish (Parupeneus cyclostomus) October 2019
STIGLIANO Egidio The role of palmitoylation in the secretoy pathway of plants (thesis) June 2011
STREB Sebastian Roles of debranching enzymes in Arabidopsis thaliana leaves during starch syntheses and breakdown (thesis) October 2009
STUTZ Sonja Leucanthemum species in their native and introduced ranges: Polyploidy, plant-herbivore interactions and invasion successgeothermal environments April 2016
SUN Yan Assessing ecosystem impact of and recovery from invasive plants September 2013
SZELECZ Ildiko Impact of vertebrate cadavers on soil communities and soil chemistry to develop new forensic indicators for estimating the time after death
December 2016
TATTI Dylan Effect of climate on coarse woody debris dynamics and incorporation into the soils of forested Alpine areas (DecAlp) August 2016
THEBAULT Aurélie Resistance of plant communities to invasive species. Disentangling invasiveness from invasibility April 2009
THIEVENT Kevin The role of insecticides and malaria infection on mosquito’s behaviour and the consequences for malaria transmission October 2018
TOMCZYNSKA Iga Characterization of interactions between Phytophthora RxLR effectors and their host plant targets January 2019
TRESCH Simon Impacts of urban gardening on soil quality, soil fauna and soil multifunctionality May 2019
TRIKI Zegni The cognitive ecology of the cleaner fish Labroides dimidiatus February 2019
TRUNZ Vincent Phylogenetics as a tool for evolutionary studies: evolution of the leafcutter bees and chemical ecology of bee-flower relationships June 2017
VAN NOORT Tom Colour polymorphism in the leaf beetle genus 'Oreina' (thesis) April 2013
VAN'T HOF Pieter Towards the functionality of the plant-derived pathogenesis-related protein 1 (PR-1) July 2016
VENKATASALAM Shanmugabalaji Plastoglobules – a new destination for recombinant proteins produced in transplastomic plants and characterization of plastidial At-SOUL heme binding protein (thesis) June 2012
VEYRAT Nathalie The role of indole in maize-herbivore February 2014
VIEU Julien Biogéographie d’un genre de plantes riche en espèces provenant des forêts de montagne des Andes tropicales, Macrocarpaea (Gentianaceae) May 2015
VON ARX Martin Perception of host plant volatiles contributes to an optimised strategy for reproduction in the European grapevine moth, Lobesia botrana September 2008
VON MEREY Georg Manipulating maize volatiles to improve the biological control of insect pests July 2010
WALTER Xavier Alexis Anaerobic iron cycling in a neoarchean ocean analogue (thesis) June 2010
WILLIG Adrian Characterization of the chloroplast protein kinases Stt7/STN7 and Stl1/STN8 August 2010
WOLF Sarah Multitrophic interactions involving Drosophila suzukii and native natural enemies August 2019
WOS Guillaume Plant performance under thermal stress : strategies and trade-offs, and their potential role in determining species distribution December 2016
WUBS Matthias Partner control mechanisms in repeated social interactions March 2017
WUNDERLIN Tina Diversity of endospore-forming bacteria in sediment as a proxy for environmental lake history (thesis) November 2013
XU Hao The mate-seeking strategies of four braconid parasitoids (Hymenoptera: Braconidae) June 2017
YANG Shu-Yi Defining molecular components of symbiotic phosphate uptake in rice (thesis) March 2012
ZELLER Michael Impact of environment on co-evolution between hosts and parasites June 2016
ZEMANOVA Miriam Combining genetics, ecology and modelling to understand the invasion of Arion slugs December 2017
ZILIO Giacomo Co-evolution between mosquitoes and microsporidian transmission strategies April 2018
ZINDEL Renate Mites and endosymbionts - towards improved biological control (thesis) November 2012
ZUFFEREY Mónica The novel chloroplast outer membrane kinase KOC1 is a required component of the plastid protein import machinery April 2017



- ... On this occasion (end of Ph.D.thesis), I would like to thank you for all the support from the DP over the past four years and the variety of courses you have organised!...
- ...and thanks for all your help all those years! I have learnt a lot from the courses!

2014:  ...Je tenais encore à vous remercier infiniment pour la qualité du programme doctoral au cours des quatre dernières années. Plusieurs cours, tout particulièrement dans le domaine de la communication, m'ont été des plus profitables.

- Thank you very much for you support and help to me during all of my PhD, I really appreciated.
- I finished with writing my doctoral thesis and will hand in the versions for my defense by tomorrow. I`d like to thank you for your support during the last years!

2010: Thank you for everything. I appreciated a lot, to be able to participate at the Doctoral Program in Organismal Biology.

2009: ... du Programme Doctoral que j'ai pu intégrer et qui m'a ainsi permis de participer à des cours intéressants et enrichissants ainsi qu'à des conférences internationales.

2008: I enjoyed  participating in the doctoral program very much, it has been a great  experience.