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Ivana Gasic, Dr. Sc.

SNSF Assistant Professor

Ivana obtained her master's degree from the University of Belgrade (Serbia) and then moved to the ETH (Zurich, Switzerland) to conduct her doctoral studies with Prof. Patrick Meraldi. After graduating in 2015, Ivana moved to Harvard Medical School (Boston, USA) to join the team of Prof. Timothy J. Mitchison with whom she carried out her postdoctoral work. As of 2021, Ivana holds an SNSF Eccellenza Assistant Professorship position at the University of Geneva. She is fond of microtubules, quantitative biology, light microscopy, good wine, and mountains. 

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Evangelia Vartholomaiou, PhD

Laboratory Technician

Lila studied biology and obtained her Master degree in Applied Genetics and Biotechnology from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece. She then moved to the University of Geneva to pursue her doctoral studies with Prof. Didier Picard, studying the mitochondrial Hsp90 chaperone TRAP1. Keen to learn more about the intriguing biology of mitochondria, in 2016 Lila joined the lab of Prof. Jean-Claude Martinou as a research technician. As of 2021, Lila is a member of Prof. Ivana Gasic's team where she is discovering the fascinating world of tubulins and microtubule cytoskeleton. 


Alina Batiuk, MSc

Doctoral candidate

Alina obtained her Bachelor and Master degrees in molecular and cell biology in Kyiv, Ukraine. She then moved to KULeuven, Belgium, to learn more about tumour biology and mechanisms that lead to cancer transformation. Excited about protein biology and posttranslational modifications of proteins, Alina then joined a proteomic group at the Center for Protein Research in Copenhagen, where she applied cutting edge mass spectrometry to study the interactome of human deubiquitination enzymes. Currently Alina is a PhD fellow in Ivana Gasic's group, and she is keen to unravel posttranscriptional control of tubulins protein quantity and learn more about microtubule biology.


Maxim Assaf, MSc

Doctoral candidate

Maxim obtained his Bachelor degree in molecular biology from University College London and then moved to KU Leuven, Belgium to obtain a Master’s degree in Biochemistry. Having explored the role of small subunit ribosomal proteins in healthy ageing in Caenorhabditis elegans for his master thesis, Maxim is now eager to delve into the world of microtubule biology. As of 2022, Maxim is a PhD student in Ivana Gasic’s group where he is studying the molecular players and mechanisms that govern microtubule nucleation in cells. 

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Ana Almeida, PhD

Postdoctoral fellow

Ana obtained her Bachelor and Masters degrees in biochemistry from the Faculty of Sciences at the University of Porto, and a PhD degree in biomedicine from the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Porto, Portugal. Her doctoral work revealed novel mechanisms of microtubule nucleation within the mitotic spindle, required for accurate division of the genetic material. As a postdoctoral fellow, Ana is interested in the fundamental and disease related principles of microtubule organization in differentiated cells. 



Doctoral candidate

Malina obtained her Bachelor and Masters degree in biochemistry from the University of Tübingen, Germany. For her master’s thesis, she moved to Cologne, Germany, to study the interplay between mitochondrial DNA maintenance and dynamics at the Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing. As of 2022, Malina is a PhD student in Ivana Gasic’s group and eager to dive into the world of microtubules and their intricate dynamic properties.


Olivia Fischer

Master student

Olivia studied at the University of Geneva from which she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in biology with, as main interests, cellular and molecular biology, immunology, and biochemistry. She joined Prof. Ivana Gasic’s group in which she’s very excited to take her first steps in research as a master student.  She is eager to learn more about tubulin biology and light microscopy as part of  her master’s project. During her time at ProMiCe, she will be developing a new live-cell microscopy tool and showing her colleagues around, as the lab’s resident “swiss person”.


Philipp Hauger

PhD candidate in Amsterdam

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