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Simona Chera

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Researcher unique identifiers: Researcher ID: N-3207-2014 ORCID: 0000-0001-6310-3486

  • CURRENT AND PREVIOUS POSITIONS

Since July 2015 – Associate Professor (Førsteamanuensis); Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, Department of Clinical Science, University of Bergen, Norway;

Since October 2015 – NCMM Young Associate Investigator; Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, Department of Clinical Science, University of Bergen, Norway;

2015 – 2016 Postdoctoral fellow; Advisor: Prof. Helge Raeder Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, Department of Clinical Science, University of Bergen, Norway;
2009 – 2015 Lecturer (maître assistant); Faculty of Medicine, Department of Genetic Medicine and Development,University of Geneva, Switzerland
2008 – 2015 Postdoctoral fellow; Advisor: Prof. Pedro Herrera, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Genetic Medicine and Development, University of Geneva, Switzerland;
2002 – 2008 PhD Student (assistant);Advisor: Prof. Brigitte Galliot, Faculty of Science, Department of Genetics and Evolution, University of Geneva, Switzerland;

  • EDUCATION

2008PhD in Science (20 June) – Faculty of Science, University of Geneva, Switzerland
2002 – B.Sc. in Biology – Faculty of Biology, University of Bucharest, Romania

  • GRANTS

2016 Young Research Talent Project – The Research Council of Norway FRIMEDBIO
2015 Young Research Talent Project – The Research Council of Norway STAMCELLER
2015 Excellence Project – Nordic Countries, Novo Nordisk Foundation; success rate 10%

  • FELLOWSHIPS AND AWARDS

2011 – 2015 Lecturer (~maître assistant) Fellowship Faculty of Medicine, University of Geneva (30% contribution to the salary for   excellent postdoctoral fellows pursuing an academic career); success rate 5%
1998 – 2002 Scholarship of Excellence Faculty of Biology, University of Bucharest, Romania (monthly stipend for students with high grades >9.5 out of maximum 10); success rate 2%

TRAVEL SCHOLARSHIPS:

2011 – 2014 Beta Cell Biology Consortium (BCBC) Travel Scholarship to attend the annual Beta Cell Biology Consortium Investigator Retreat in USA
2004 EURESCO travel scholarship to attend the Second European Conference on Cellular and Molecular Basis of Regeneration, San Feliu de Guixols, Spain
2003 Life Science Switzerland (LS2) travel grant to attend the International Workshop Hydra and the Evolution of Signalling Pathways, Evangelische Akademie Tutzing, Germany
2002 EURESCO travel scholarship to attend the First European Conference on Cellular and Molecular Basis of Regeneration, Castelvecchio Pascoli, Italy

AWARDS:

2015 – Prize for best presentation and project at the LS2 Annual Meeting, in the session “PI of tomorrow”, Zurich, Switzerland
2006 – 1st Prize Winner for best poster at the 1st Joint SFBD and ZMG Developmental Biology Meeting, Praz-sur-Arly, France
2004 – Poster prize, First Swiss Stem Cell Network Meeting (SSCN), Geneva, Switzerland

  • Co-SUPERVISION OF GRADUATE STUDENTS AND POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWS

2008 – 2015 3 PhD Students: Nicolas Damond; Delphine Baronnier-Caffe; Valentina Cigliola (*co-authors on recent publications in peer-reviewed journals) Faculty of Medicine / Department of Genetic Medicine and Development / University of Geneva / Switzerland
2005 – 2008 3 Master Students (graduated): Kevin Dobretz (*co-author); Pierre Heuze; Fadi Hamdan Faculty of Science / Department of Genetics and Evolution / University of Geneva / Switzerland

  • TEACHING ACTIVITIES

2016 Lecturer: “NCMM Molecular Medicine PhD Course” – 2-weeks course for PhD students, organized in Oslo, Norway
2005 Lecturer: “Experimental Developmental Biology Course in Marine Invertebrates” –  1-week course for master students, organized in Roscoff, France
2005 Lecturer: “NCCR Basic Light Microscopy & Imaging Course” – 1-day course for the users of the bioimaging platform organized by National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) Frontiers in Genetics, in Geneva, Switzerland

  • LIST OF POPULAR SCIENCE AND USER ORIENTED DISSEMINATION

2009-2014 Diabetes Day: 1-day “open doors” science presentation for public organized annually by University of Geneva, Switzerland
2006 La Nuit de la science: évolution_révolution (Science Night) presentation for public organized by Musée d’histoire des sciences, Geneva, Switzerland

  • COURSES & WORKSHOPS

06.2015 “Flow Cytometry Boot Camp” organized by Expert Cytometry and the FACS core facility, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, Copenhagen, Denmark
06.2013 “1st IMIDIA data analysis workshop” organized by the Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics, University of Lausanne
11.2012 “IMIDIA WP2A Extended Jamboree” organized by the Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics, University of Lausanne
03.2011 “High Performance Computing (HPC) in Life Sciences” organized by the Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics, Lausanne
11.2010 “UNIX Basics – 2010″ organized by the Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics, University of Lausanne
09.2010 “Computational Analysis of Ultra-High-Throughput (UHT) Sequencing Data –  2010” Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics
01 .2010 “Introduction to statistics for biologists” organized by the Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics, University of Geneva
11.2009 “Advanced microarray analysis course” organized by the Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics, EPFL, Lausanne
01.2009 “RESAL –Education and Training of Persons Conducting Animal Experiments” UNIL, Switzerland
11.2005 Microscopy workshop “Discovering life” Leica Microsystems; Lausanne, Switzerland
10.2005 “Initiation in Filemaker (FMM1)” University of Geneva; Geneva, Switzerland
09.2005 “Initiation in Dreamweaver (DW1)” University of Geneva; Geneva, Switzerland
05.2004 „Experimental Developmental Biology Course with Marine Invertebrates” Roscoff, France
2004 – 2005 “Génétique Moléculaire du Développement – Chapitres Choisis” University of Geneva; Switzerland
2003 – 2004 “Génétique Moléculaire du Développement” University of Geneva; Geneva, Switzerland
10.2003 “NCCR Basic Light Microscopy & Imaging Course” NCCR-Frontiers in Genetics, Switzerland
03.2003 “Introduction to Bioinformatics 2003” EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland

  • MEMBERSHIPS OF SCIENTIFIC SOCIETIES

2015 – Member, European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD)
2005Member, Life Sciences Switzerland (LS2)
2005Member, Swiss Society for Molecular and Cellular Biosciences (SSMCB)
2004Member, Swiss Stem Cell Network (SSCN)

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Conferences and talks

19/04/2017 Inauguration of KG Jebsen Center for Diabetes Research, Bergen
25/04/2017 The Christie Conference, Grieghallen Bergen (Christiekonferansen 2017)
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