Short CV/Education and training

  • 1993
    A-levels (Maturité fédérale) in Lausanne

  • 1997
    Degree in Biology (BA), University of Lausanne

  • 1995 – 1996
    Swiss exchange program at University of Zurich

  • 1998
    Diploma in Biology (MA), University of Lausanne

  • 2003
    PhD in Genetics, University of Cambridge

  • 1997 – 1999
    Student and research assistant at ISREC (Susan Gasser's lab)

  • 1999 – 2003
    PhD student at Gurdon Institute (Daniel St Johnston's lab)

  • 2003 – 2007
    Postdoctoral training at Columbia University, New York (Fred Chang's lab)

  • 2001 – 2010
    Assistant Professor SNF, University of Lausanne

  • Since 2010
    Associate Professor, University of Lausanne

Selected publications

  • Lo Presti L and Martin SG (2011): Shaping fission yeast cells by rerouting actin-based transport on microtubules. In: Current Biology 21: 2064-2069.

  • Hachet O, Berthelot-Grosjean M, Kokkoris K, Vincenzetti V, Moosbrugger J and Martin SG (2011): A phosphorylation cycle shapes gradients of the DYRK-family kinase Pom1 at the plasma membrane. In: Cell 145: 1116-1128.

  • Bendezú FO and Martin SG (2011): Actin cables and the exocyst form two independent morphogenesis pathways in the fission yeast. In: Molecular Biology of the Cell 22: 44-53. Epub 2010 Dec 9.

  • Martin SG and Berthelot-Grosjean M (2009): Polar gradients of the DYRK-family kinase Pom1 couple cell length with the cell cycle. In: Nature 459: 852-6, Epub 2009 May 27.

  • Martin SG, Rincón SA, Basu R, Pérez P, Chang F (2007): Regulation of the Formin for3p by cdc42p and bud6p. In: Molecular Biology of the Cell 10: 4155-67.

  • Martin SG and Chang F (2006): Dynamics of the formin for3p in actin cable assembly. In: Current Biology 16: 1161-70.

  • Martin SG, McDonald WH, Yates JR 3rd, Chang F (2005): Tea4p links microtubule plus ends with the formin for3p in the establishment of cell polarity. In: Developmental Cell 8: 479-91.

  • Martin SG and St Johnston D (2003): A role for Drosophila LKB1 in anterior-posterior axis formation and epithelial polarity. In: Nature 421: 379-384.

  • Martin SG, Laroche T, Suka N, Grunstein M and Gasser SM (1999): Relocalization of telomeric Ku and Sir proteins in response to DNA strand breaks in yeast. In: Cell 97: 621-633

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  1. EMBO Gold Medal for Sophie Martin

    Sophie Martin of the University of Lausanne, Switzerland, is the winner of the 2014 EMBO Gold Medal. The award acknowledges her work to understand the molecular events that define the organization and development of the cell.