Post-doctoral Fellows


Camille Bigenwald

Camille is an oncologist/hematologist. She completed her hematology advanced fellowship in 2015 and worked at Saint-Louis hospital and Institut Gustave Roussy (Paris, France) in departments with expertise in lymphoid malignancies. She is currently an MD – PhD student, focusing on the tumor microenvironment. She studies the immune mechanisms involved in patients prognostic and response to treatment.

Fundings: Fondation pour la Recherche Médicale




María Casanova-Acebes

Maria is a postdoctoral fellow from Madrid, Spain. During her PhD, she worked on understanding the aging mechanism in neutrophils and how the removal of these aged PMN by bone marrow macrophages triggers the homeostatic release of hematopoietic progenitors from the bone marrow into the blood. Now in her postdoctoral fellowship in Dr. Merad’s lab, she would like to address the fascinating question of how the peripheral nervous system modulates macrophage phenotype and functions during cancer progression.

Fundings : Human Frontiers Science Program




Maxime Dhainaut

Maxime is a postdoctoral fellow who is part of both the Merad Lab and the Brown Lab. He is taking advantage of the Jedi mice (developed by the Brown laboratory) to study the mechanisms of cytotoxic CD8T cell (CTLs)-mediated tumor regression in vivo. He is particularly interested in the interactions between CTLs and cancer-initiating cells.

Fundings: Belgian American Education Foundation



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Veronika Kana

Veronika studied medicine in Basel, Switzerland and graduated from the MD, PhD program of the University of Zurich before working as a resident in Neuropathology and Neurology. She is fascinated by how the immune and the nervous systems communicate in homeostasis and in disease, and she is specifically exploring the role myeloid cells have in translating stressful stimuli into alterations of behavior.




Stefan Jordan

Humans evolved in presence of bacteria, viruses and parasites. Stefan studies how the immune system shapes the microbiota inhabiting our body, and how the microbiota shape the immune system. Understanding the underlying mechanisms might lead to new therapies for many diseases, including cancer.

Fundings: German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG)




Barbara Maier

Alveolar macrophages and interstitial macrophages of the lung represent tissue resident populations, that share a core gene expression signature with other macrophage populations, but each have unique transcription profiles. This allows different macrophage populations to be perfectly adapted to their tissue environment and to fulfill tissue specific functions, e.g. clearance of surfactant in the alveolar airspace in the lung. Barbara studies which tissue-derived or cell-intrinsic factors determine macrophage identity at specific tissue sites to better understand how tissues control the homeostatic functions of innate immune cells but at the same time allow for an effective immune response in case of an invading pathogen.



Jerome Martin

Jerome is a PharmD., PhD. clinical pathologist from Nantes (France). He focused his PhD on the study of IL-22BP, a natural inhibitor of IL-22, and identified it as an important regulator of gut inflammation, especially during inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). He now wants to extend his understanding of IBD inflammation by performing high dimensional analysis using scRNAseq and CyTOF to try to identify cellular and molecular patterns characterizing specific subgroups of patients encompassed within the main IBD phenotypes.

Fundings: Fondation Bettencourt-Schueller