Katarina Cisarova, a PhD student at the University of Lausanne, wins the Swiss FameLab competition 2017. Katarina comes from Slovakia but studied molecular biology in Italy and bioinformatics at the University of Lausanne. In her PhD she focusses on bioinformatic analysis of next-generation sequencing data of patients suffering from rare degenerative eye diseases and rare forms of eye cancer. Katarina will represent Switzerland at the international FameLab competition in Cheltenham in June.
Ten finalists from six different countries and seven different universities and institutions participated in the Swiss FameLab final in Basel. Their contributions were evaluated by a jury consisting of Sina Henrichs, Vanya Loroch and Jennifer Fowlie. Jennifer was one of a number of former FameLab participants present at the event: Oskari Vinko, Ossama Khalaf and Jana Linnick just to name a few.
Mirjam Laager a PhD student at the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute in Basel wins the FameLab semi-final 2017 in Zurich. She also receives the audience award for her presentation on rabies, a viral disease that attacks the central nervous system of humans and other mammals. Together with nine colleagues she will participate in a master class communication weekend in CERN .