Stéphanie Lacour and Melanie Blokesch: Professors at EPFL Lausanne

8. 6. 2016 | Both AcademiaNet members were appointed Associate Professors, Melanie Blokesch of Life Sciences and Stéphanie Lacour of Microtechnology and Bioengineering.
In May 2016, the Swiss ETH Board that comprises members from the five major Technical Universities in Switzerland appointed a total of 23 professors at ETH Zurich and EPFL Lausanne, among them Stéphanie Lacour and Melanie Blokesch.

Both researchers were Tenure Track Assistant Professor at EPFL with their own labs before their appointment, and both have already made striking discoveries in their respective fields. Melanie Blokesch studies the molecular biology of the cholera bacterium with an ERC Starting Grant. Stéphanie Lacour's team has developed a soft implant that helps to regain movement after spinal chord injuries. Rats treated with it were able to walk again.

Prof. Melanie Blokesch
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Prof. Melanie Blokesch
Professor Melanie Blokesch (*1976), currently Tenure Track Assistant Professor at EPFL, was appointed Associate Professor of Life Sciences. Melanie Blokesch conducts research into Vibrio cholerae, the bacterium responsible for cholera. In particular, she investigates how non-pathogenic bacteria can absorb genetic material from the pathogen. Melanie Blokesch, who received an ERC Starting Grant in 2013, has already demonstrated the significance of chitin in this transfer and has identified the relevant molecular processes. Her work has the potential to help improve public health by curbing this disease, which has a devastating effect in many parts of the world.

Prof. Stephanie Lacour
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Prof. Stephanie Lacour
Professor Stéphanie Lacour (*1975), currently Tenure Track Assistant Professor at EPFL, was appointed Associate Professor of Microtechnology and Bioengineering. Stéphanie Lacour works on the development of electronic devices at the interface with human tissue. The aim of her research is to overcome the incompatibility between electronic systems and biological tissue. She has gained international recognition for several of her studies, which include developing a new group of flexible multimodal neuroprostheses and artificial electronic skin which registers movements and pressure. Stéphanie Lacour's work strengthens EPFL's innovative research in the field of bioengineering.

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