Marie Curie Fellows

Eleven PhD students and three early stage post doctoral researchers are employed by the FishForPharma Marie Curie Initial Training Network. The primary goal of the training programme is to equip them with expert know-how for a professional career in biomedical research and with multi-disciplinary skills to introduce zebrafish models into biomedical science and pre-clinical drug screening pipelines.

  • Vincenzo Torraca

    Vincenzo Torraca works as a PhD student at Leiden University in the group of Annemarie Meijer. His project is focused on function of macrophage-specific genes involved in infections with intracellular bacterial pathogens, such as Mycobacterium marinum and Salmonella typhimurium.

  • Julien Rougeot

    Julien Rougeot is a post doc at Leiden University in the group of Annemarie Meijer, investigating the zebrafish host immune response during mycobacterium infection and drug treatments using deep sequencing technologies

  • Quang Tien PHAN

    Quang Tien PHANperforms his PhD research at the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) in the group of Georges Lutfalla. He studies the contribution of pathogen virulence factors and host response genes to the outcome of bacterial infections of different host tissues.

  • Eva Doro

    Eva Doro is a PhD student at Wageningen University supervised by Geert Wiegertjes and Maria Forlenza. She will develop zebrafish embryo and adult models for trypanosome infections to study the host immune response towards these blood parasites and mechanisms of pathogenesis.

  • Elina Aleksejeva

    Elina Aleksejeva works as a PhD student at the French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA) in the group of Pierre Boudinot, in close collaboration with Jean-Pierre Levraud at the Institut Pasteur (CNRS). She uses zebrafish reporter lines for antigen-presenting cells to study interactions between dendritic cells and IHNV virus.  

  • Gabriella Passoni

    Gabriella Passoni is a PhD student at the French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA) working with Pierre Boudinot and Jean-Pierre Levraud at the Institut Pasteur (CNRS).  She uses the zebrafish model to investigate the mechanisms of viral persistence in chikV infection.

  • Paolo Saraceni

    Paolo Saraceni is PhD student at the Spanish Research Council (CSIC) in the group of Antonio Figueras and Beatriz Novoa. He uses the zebrafish as a model for Aeromonas bacterial infection to gain insight into the host immune response and host-pathogen interaction mechanisms.

  • Sylwia Tyrkalska

    Sylwia Tyrkalska is a PhD student at the Spanish Research Council (CSIC) on a project that is carried out in close collaboration with Victor Mulero at the University of Murcia. She investigates the role of the inflammasome during salmonella infection in zebrafish.

  • Justyna Serba

    Justyna Serba works as a PhD student at the University of Sheffield in the group of Stephen Renshaw. Her project is focused on the development of novel in vivo fluorescent reporters for imaging host-pathogen interaction and high throughput drug screening.

  • Nelly Wagner

    Nelly Wagner is PhD student at the University of Sheffield, supervised by Stephen Renshaw and Simon Foster, working to dissect host-pathogen interaction mechanisms using Staphylococcus aureus mutant libraries, knockdown of host defence factors, and small molecule compound libraries.

  • Paola Rodriguez

    Paola Rodriguez performs her PhD research at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in the group of Maria Leptin. Her project is focused on the analysis of Nod-like receptor and interferon signalling in the immune response to Mycobacterium marinum and Yersinia ruckeri infections.

  • Lili Zhang

    Lili Zhang is a PhD student at the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research (INSERM) working in the group of Annette Vergunst.  Her project is aiming to investigate bacterial and host factors involved in intracellular stages of the cystic fibrosis-associated pathogen Burkholderia cenocepacia.

  • Ruben Marin-Juez

    Ruben Marin-Juez works as a postdoc at the Biotech company ZF-screens B.V. under supervision of Ron Dirks. He will use a recently developed injection robot for high-throughput anti-tuberculosis drug screens and will investigate the possible extension of the screening technology to other infection models.

  • Fraser Cunningham

    Fraser Cunningham is a post doc at GlaxoSmithKline – Tres Cantos Medicines Development Campus work with Lluis Ballell-Pages to unravel the potential of zebrafish infection models for anti-tubercular drug discovery.

European funding supports the training of young scientists in the FishForPharma network