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Meet the Team

Valérie Wittamer

Principal Investigator

Research Associate F.N.R.S

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Marianne
Caron

Lab Manager

Marianne obtained her bachelor degree in biotechnologie at “Haute Ecole Provinciale de Hainaut”  in june 2014.

She joined the laboratory in early 2015.

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Elodie
Di Ruggiero

PhD Student

Elodie received her Master degree in Biochemistry and molecular and cellular biology from ULB in 2013.

She joined our laboratory in October 2014 as a PhD research fellow of the FNRS/FRIA.

She is studying the implication of chemerin, a chemoattractant agent, in cancer biology.

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Omid
Ghandaharian

PhD Student

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Omid obtained his bachelor degree in molecular biology from “Ferdowsi University of Mashhad” in Iran.

He then moved to Belgium to obtain his master degree at the V.U.B..

He joined our lab as a Ph.D. student in October 2014.

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Giuliano
Ferrero

PhD Student

Giuliano earned his master’s degree in Medical Biotechnology from the University of Turin.

Awarded a UNI (ULB Neuroscience Institute) PhD fellowship, he joined our lab in 2015.

 Funded by an Aspirant FNRS grant, he is currently working on microglia development.

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Jennifer
Pozo Gomez

PhD Student

Jennifer obtained her Master degree in Biological Medicine from the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) in June 2017.

She joined our laboratory in October 2017 as a PhD student.

Jennifer is studying the role of chemerin in tumorigenesis.

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Magali
Miserocchi

PhD Student

Magali obtained her bachelor degree in biomedical science at Université Libre de Bruxelles in 2016. She is currently doing her thesis on the functional 

characterization of new

microglia-specific genes

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Alice
Montanari

PhD Student

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Alice obtained her Master degree in Experimental and Applied Biology from the University of Modena e Reggio Emilia (UNIMORE) in July 2019.She joined our laboratory in November 2019 to work on microglia biology.

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Mireia
Rovira

Postdoc

Mireia obtained her PhD in the laboratory of Dr. Planas in Fish Molecular Physiology at the University of Barcelona (UB) in 2016.

In 2017 she joined the research group led by Dr. Roher at the Biotechnology and Biomedicine Institute (IBB) in a collaborative project with Dr. Pividori’s laboratory at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB), to develop fish biosensors.

She joined us in 2018 to work on microglia and neuroregeneration.

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