Prof. Teresa B. Fitzpatrick (Lab head) Flag of Ireland.svg

Email: theresa.fitzpatrick(at)unige.ch  Tel: +41 22 379 30 16

Teresa did her undergraduate and PhD studies at University College Dublin finishing in 1998, followed by a short fellowship at the Imperial Cancer Research Fund laboratories in Clare Hall, London (now part of Cancer Research UK). She then did a post-doc at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETHZ, 1998-2002), after which she became a group leader there, pursuing projects on vitamin metabolism. In 2008, she was awarded a Swiss National Science Foundation professorship. In 2009, she moved to the University of Geneva as Associate Professor and was awarded a Full Professorship in 2015. She was Director of the Plant Biology Department from 2012-2017.


Dr. Marco Mellon (Post-doctoral fellow) Flag of Italy.svg

Email: marco.mellon(at)unige.ch  Tel: +41 22 379 30 12

Marco studied Molecular Biology (2012-2017) at the University of Padova where he also obtained a PhD in Biosciences (2017-2021) under the supervision of Prof. Tomas Morosinotto. Most of the work of his PhD was focused on crosstalk in terms of energy between mitochondria and chloroplasts in respiratory and photosynthetic mutants in the model moss Physcomitrium (Physcomitrella) patens. In 2021, he joined the Fitzpatrick lab as a post-doctoral fellow to investigate how vitamin homeostasis and regulation are integrated in the energy metabolism of plants.


Dr. Kai Wang (Post-doctoral fellow) Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg

Email: kai.wang.1(at)unige.ch  Tel: +41 22 379 31 08

Kai obtained his PhD degree at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology in Ning Li's lab (2014-2019). The main aim during his PhD training was figuring out signaling components that are involved in mechanical stimuli-related process/thigmomorphogenesis in Arabidopsis thaliana. In particular, how specific phosphorylation processes that can be fast regulated by mechanical stimuli are transferred to the whole of the plant. After completing his PhD in 2019, he stayed in the same lab as a Research Associate. In 2020, he joined the Fitzpatrick lab as a post-doctoral fellow to investigate aspects of vitamin B1 metabolism in plants.


Dr. Zeguang Liu (Post-doctoral fellow) Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg

Email: zeguang.liu(at)unige.ch  Tel: +41 22 379 31 08

Zeguang studied Plant Science at Northwest A&F University in Yangling, China, for his primary degree (2007-2011). After graduation, he stayed at the same university for his Master study (2011-2014) under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Baotong Wang. During his Master studies, he mainly focused on the identification of wheat stripe rust resistance genes from wild relatives of wheat. He then moved to Utrecht University in the Netherlands to pursue his doctoral degree (2014-2019). He worked on ethylene-mediated hypoxia responses in plants with Prof. Dr. L.A.C.J Voesenek and Dr. Rashmi Sasidharan in the Plant Ecophysiology group and obtained his PhD in 2019. He joined the Fitzpatrick lab as a postdoctoral fellow in 2020 to investigate aspects of vitamin B6 metabolism in plants.


Dr. Benoît Maillot (Scientific adjoint) Flag of Switzerland.svg France

Email: benoit.maillot(at)unige.ch  Tel: +41 22 379 31 28

Benoît studied at the University of Strasbourg (2001-2006) obtaining a Masters degree in Structural Biology, Genomics and Bioinformatics. He studied HIV-1 integrase in complex with two cellular partners for his PhD (2006-2010). He then became a researcher at the European Radiation Synchrotron Facility in Grenoble (2011-2014) and worked as a consultant for biotech company Global BioEnergies in Strasbourg (2015-2018). He joined the lab of Prof. Jean-Claude Martinou at the University of Geneva in Switzerland in 2019 working on the mitochondrial pyruvate carrier and joined the Fitzpatrick lab in July 2021.


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Péter Farkas (Doctoral fellow)

Email: Peter.Farkas(at)etu.unige.ch  Tel: +41 22 379 30 12

Peter obtained his B.Sc. in Biology at Eötvös Lorand University in Budapest, Hungary. During his studies, he was an intern at the Department of Plant Systematics, Ecology and Theoretical Biology as well as at the Centre for Ecological Research at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (2015-2016), where he monitored microclimate responses to experimental silvicultural treatments in a temperate oak-dominated forest. Later, he joined the group of Laszlo Tamas at the Department of Plant Physiology and Molecular Plant Biology, Eötvös Lorand University (2016-2017), where he studied wheat storage proteins, which define characteristics of wheat flour related to kneading. He joined the Fitzpatrick lab in September 2017 to pursue his Masters degree in Molecular Plant Biology and finished in March 2019. He is now pursuing his doctoral studies in the Fitzpatrick lab on the relationship between vitamin B6 and nitrogen metabolism.


Priscille Steensma (Doctoral fellow) Drapeau des Pays-Bas.

Email: Priscille.Steensma(at)unige.ch  Tel: +41 22 379 31 08

Priscille obtained her Bachelor degree from the University of French Guiana, France (2009-2012). She then obtained her Master degree in biology from the University of Leiden, The Netherlands (2013-2015). During her Master studies, she mainly worked on the MIA (Monoterpene Indole Alkaloid) pathway regulation in Catharanthus roseus under the supervision of Johan Memelink but also on plant-microbe interactions under the supervision of Hye-Kyong Kim and Peter Klinkhamer. Afterwards she worked as a research assistant in Johan Memelink’s lab (2015-2016). She joined the Fitzpatrick lab in February 2016 to pursue her doctoral studies on vitamin B6 metabolism.


Dr. Céline Roux (Scientific adjoint) France

Email: celine.roux(at)unige.ch  Tel: +41 22 379 31 28

Céline studied Biochemistry at the University of Paris XI (1996-2001), where she then did her PhD in J.-P. Mahy's Laboratory of Bioorganic and Bioinorganic Chemistry, on inhibitors of phosphomannose isomerases (2001-2005). After a postdoc in the Laboratory of Enzymology and Structural Biochemistry on characterizing the protein HIP from the hedgehog signalling pathway and a second postdoc in the Institute of Chemistry and Natural Products on glucosamine 6-phosphate synthase, she joined the Fitzpatrick lab in Geneva in May 2009 as a postdoctoral fellow and is now a scientific adjoint.


Mireille de Meyer (Technician) Flag of Switzerland.svg Blason de Genève

Email: mireille.demeyer(at)unige.ch  Tel: +41 22 379 30 11

Mireille obtained a diploma in medical sciences from the Laboratory Technicians College in Geneva (1992). After this, she was employed for 5 years as a technician in an endocrinology research laboratory at University Hospital Geneva, working on thyroid hormones. She moved to the University of Geneva working with Claude Penel, on peroxidase expression in Arabidopsis thaliana (1999-2009). Since then, she works as a technician predominantly focusing on plant molecular techniques in the Fitzpatrick lab.

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Ivan Dalvit (Lab assistant) Flag of Italy.svg Blason de Genève

Email: Ivan.Dalvit(at)unige.ch  Tel: +41 22 379 30 11

Ivan did his Bachelor in Biology at the University of Geneva (2012), followed by a Master in Molecular Plant Science (MPS) focused on vitamin B1 plant transporters in the Fitzpatrick lab (2015). He then joined the lab in 2016 as a lab assistant.


Lara Land (Master student) Fichier:Flag of Argentina.svg — Wikipédia Flag of Switzerland.svg

Email: Lara.Land(at)etu.unige.ch  Tel: +41 22 379 31 28

Lara did her Bachelor in Biology at the University of Geneva (2019). She joined the lab in 2020 for her Master in Molecular Plant Sciences (MPS) focusing on vitamin B1 and the circadian clock in the Fitzpatrick lab.


Maria Lackman (Intern)

Email: maria.lackmann(at)etu.unige.ch  Tel: +41 22 379 30 28

Maria studied Agricultural Sciences at Göttingen University in Germany (2014-2018), during which she worked as a research assistant in the group of Prof. Dr. Elke Pawelzik on tomato quality under different potassium fertilization levels and the nutritional benefits of anthocyanin's in potatoes. She worked as a technical consultant at the Chamber of Agriculture (2018-2019). She then pursued her Master’s in Plant Sciences with a focus on Plant Breeding and Genetic Resources at Wageningen University (Netherlands), notably on the development of a speed breeding method for quinoa with Dr. Robert van Loo. After a summer school about resistance breeding at the SLU (Sweden), she joined the Fitzpatrick lab in 2021 to pursue a research internship on aspects of vitamin B1 metabolism.



Former Lab members & current position

Dr. Zeenat Noordally

Dr. Marta Pesquera

Dr. Lottie Chapman, Food Security, UK.

Celso Trichtinger, University of Geneva.

Dr. Manuel Hofmann, CSL Behring, Bern, Switzerland.

Dr. Vera Gorelova, Wageningen University, Netherlands.

Dr. Jared Fudge, locum for Current Biology in London, England.

Dr. Michael Moulin, CHUV in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Dr. Elisa Dell'Aglio, INRA, Lyon, France.

Dr. Graham Robinson, Research Executive at GIRACT, Geneva, Switzerland.

Denise Touré

Dr. Maite Colinas, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology, Jena, Germany.

Dr. Jacopo Martinis, Philip Morris, Switzerland.

Dr. Svetlana Boycheva, University of Konstanz, Switzerland.

Dr. Markus Kaufmann, Givaudan AG, Dübendorf, Switzerland.

Dr. Nicolas Szydlowski, Université de Lille, France.

Dr. Elisabet Gas, The University of Georgia Athens, U.S.A.

Dr. Cyril Moccand, now Nestlé AG Lausanne, Switzerland.

Dr. Lucille Pourcel, now EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland.

Dr. Maja Raschke, now Novartis, Basel, Switzerland.

Dr. Olca Titiz, now Novartis, Basel, Switzerland.

Dr. Lukas Bürkle, now Stratec Biochemical, Birkenfeld, Germany.

Dr. Thomas Raschle, now Creoptix AG, Zurich, Switzerland.

Dr. Marina Tambasco Studart, now Redbiotec AG, Zurich, Switzerland.

Nadine Müller, Zurich Switzerland.

Alexandra Gisler, now Federal Office for Agriculture, Bern, Switzerland.

Sandro Steiner, now University of Fribourg, Switzerland.

Francesc Puig

Pedro Surriabre, now University of Cochabamba, Bolivia. 

Holly Victoria Shaw, now Actelion Basel, Switzerland.

Xiaohua (Emma) Yang, now France.

Vitamins & Environmental Stress Responses
in Plants
Department of Botany and Plant Biology,
University of Geneva,
Quai E. Ansermet 30,
1211-Geneva, Switzerland

Prof. Teresa Fitzpatrick

Full Professor
Email: theresa.fitzpatrick(at)unige.ch
 Tel: +41 22 379 30 16 (direct)
Tel: +41 22 379 35 52 (secretary)