Valentine Du Bois, MSc

Laboratory manager

Valentine obtained a bachelor in Biology at the University of Geneva. She then undertook a Master’s degree in Medical Biology at the University of Lausanne, specializing in Pharmacology & Toxicology. During the master project, Valentine worked at the Center for Psychiatric Neurosciences (CPN-CHUV), contributing to research studying the association of obesity and depression with the circadian rhythm in murine models. In 2022, Valentine joined the Labidi-Galy group acting as laboratory manager.

Nawel Zouggari, PhD

Post-doctoral scientist

Nawel is a biochemist, having undertaken her PhD with Dr. A. De Agostini (Department of Pathology and Immunology) at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Geneva. She investigated the role of aHSPG post biosynthetic modification and its implication on endometrial cancer invasion and angiogenesis (2015-2020). She is currently doing her postdoc working on targeting BRCA mutated ovarian cancer resistant to PARP inhibitors. Nawel has been important for the development of organoid cell lines.

Marie-Estelle Gaignard, MD

MD and Research associate

Marie-Estelle Gaignard is a scientific resident in medical oncology who is passionate about Mind&Body approaches to helping people affected by cancer. She is currently studying the effects of mindfulness meditation on inflammatory processes, cellular aging and cancer-related biomarkers.

Camilla Trugenberger

PhD student

Camilla obtained her Master’s degree in Oncology from the University of Oxford, where she studied the link between autophagy and DNA damage repair. She joined the lab as PhD student at the end of 2023 for a project which aims to bridge the DNA damage repair field to immunology in the context drug resistance in ovarian cancer.

Laura Grassi, Master student

Master student

Laura earned a Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry from the University of Geneva. She is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Biochemistry and conducting her Master’s Project in our lab. Her project consists of studying the tumor microenvironment of peritoneal carcinomatosis as part of translational research for the Nab-PIPAC clincial trial. 

Wenwen Wang, MD-PhD

Visiting Post-doctoral scientist

Wenwen is an attending gynecological surgeon at Beijing Tongren Hospital. She won the Swiss Government Scholarship, allowing her to pursue a one-year research project in our lab, bringing her gynecological expertise to the molecular aspects of ovarian cancer.