Meet the team

Our Amazing Team

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Prof. Dr. Emma Wetter Slack

Group leader

Emma is a British/Swiss scientist who trained in Cambridge, London, Hamilton (Onatario) and Bern before joining the ETH Zürich as an Ambizione fellow. She is fascinated by how the immune system works in the context of complex microbial communities, and in applying both wet-lab and computational biology approaches to these problems.

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Verena Lentsch

PhD Student

Verena studied Molecular Biology at the University of Salzburg and joined the lab as a PhD Student. Her project focuses on combining engineered bacterial competitors and vaccination to eliminate antimicrobial-resistance gene-reservoirs.

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Ronja Rappold

PhD Student

Ronja is a doctoral student at ETH Zürich and works at the interplay of biomechanics and gastrointestinal physiology. She is applying state of the art imaging techniques to investigate the influence of gastrointestinal diseases on the mechanical properties of the surrounding gut tissue.

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Elisa Cappo Barazzone

PhD Student

Elisa obtained her BSc degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Turin and her MSc degree in Molecular Biosciences from the University of Heidelberg. She then joined Emma's group for her PhD, working on a Botnar Research Centre for Child Health project aimed at developing microbiota engineering tools for the treatment of inborn errors of metabolism.

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Jackie Raïssa Ndem

PhD Student

Jackie is a French Scientist who studied in Tours, France (BSc, Maitrise) and in Pennsylavania, USA (MSc). She joined the Food Immunology group in 2019 to pursue her PhD where she is working on in silico models to retrieve and predict surface glycan variations on Enterobacteria.

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Louise Larsson

PhD Student

Louise completed her M.Sc. in Biotechnology at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden before moving to Switzerland in September 2020 to pursue her PhD. As a part of the Microbiota Engineering Project, she aims to develop tools for precise engineering of the gut microflora.

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Swapan Preet

PhD Student

Swapan studied Biotechnology at the University of Milan-Bicocca and did her ERASMUS internship at the Centre for Misfolding Diseases, University of Cambridge, where she worked as a research assistant before joining Emma Slack's lab as a PhD student. She is working on a NCCR project where she will investigate the role of intestinal antibodies in controlling the non-E.coli components of simplified microbiota.

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Suwannee Ganguillet

PhD Student

After completing a Bachelor in Biology at the University of Lausanne, Suwannee continued her studies at ETH Zurich, where she joined the Food Immunology group for her Master's Thesis. After briefly exploring the industry-side of research on the microbiota in a pharmaceutical company, she is now back in the lab to conduct her Ph.D.

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Erica Faccin

Research Technician & Laboratory Manager

Erica Faccin studied Biological Sciences at the "Università Statale degli Studi di Milano (IT)" and joined the Slack lab as Laboratory Technician and Laboratory Manager.

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Dr. Noëmi Rebecca Meier

Project Manager

Noëmi is a scientist who has worked in infectious disease research in Switzerland and abroad before joining ETH Zürich as a project manager. In her current role she is supporting the Microbiota Engineering project to facilitate research activities across this multi-investigator project.

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Daniel Alexander Hoces Burga

PhD Student

Daniel is a Peruvian-Swiss physician who, fascinated by the complexity of the immune system, moved to Switzerland to train as a scientist. After completing his M.Sc. in Immunology at UZH, he joined the group of Emma Slack at ETH Zürich as a doctoral student in 2017; where he now explores the interaction between gut microbiota, immunity and host metabolism.

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Milad Radiom

Senior assistant

Milad received his PhD in Chemical Engineering from Virginia Tech, and thereafter was working as a researcher in University of Geneva, KTH Royal Institute of Technology and Université de Paris. He has now joined the laboratory for food immunology to investigate the biophysics of antibody-bacterial glycan interactions. His research interests are in soft condensed matter, interfaces and biophysics with particular attention to mechanical forces and surface interactions in synthetic and biological systems.

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Selma Aslani

Technical Specialist

Selma studied Health Sciences and Technology and joined the Food Immunology group for her 2nd Research Project & Master's Thesis. After her graduation she worked as a Research Associate in the pharmaceutical industry. Now she re-joined the lab as a technical specialist for oral vaccine production.

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Dr. Tim Keys

Junior Group Leader

Tim studied in Brisbane and worked at the Institute for Glycomics on the Gold Coast (Australia) and the Hannover Medical School (Germany) before joining the Institute of Microbiology at the ETH Zürich. His research projects cover the intersections of protein biochemistry, enzyme engineering, microbial glycan biosynthesis and synthetic biology. In 2020, Tim will join the Food Immunology lab as junior group leader.

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Giorgia Greter

PhD Student

Giorgia is a Swiss/Italian PhD student who completed her studies in New York and Zurich before beginning her doctoral studies at ETH Zürich. She is interested in microbial population dynamics and metabolism in the gut, and is working on developing lab and model-based techniques to evaluate these complex relationships.

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Dr. Markus Arnoldini

Senior Assistant

Markus wants to understand how the ecology of the gut microbiota and host physiology influence each other, and how we can use this understanding to improve health outcomes. He trained at ETH Zürich and UC San Diego in evolutionary microbiology/quantitative biology.

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Daria Künzli

Master Student

Daria is a Master student in Microbiology and Immunology at ETH Zürich. She joined the group for a semester project in September 2020. The project focuses on the spatial distribution of a model microbiota in the mouse gut.

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Dr. Yagmur George Turgay

Senior Scientist

Yagmur studied biochemistry in Frankfurt, Germany, before completing his PhD at the Institute of Biochemistry at ETH Zürich. After having worked in a biotech company developing glycodesigned antibodies, he joined Emma’s lab as a senior scientist. In his current role he is interested in modalities of antibody-glycan interactions for the development of oral vaccines.