Month: July 2017

BSNL Family has Two New Members!

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Newbies at the 1st BSNL retreat!

Fresh blood and open minds just joined BSNL! They showed their commitment by following us in the Berner Oberland, joining the 1st BSNL retreat ever, and shined for their ideas during the brainstorming session. Please welcome our new members, Erica and Petar!

Erica Reggi

Originally coming from Ticino, Erica studied at UNIL and is now a PhD student at the DPT-UNIL. When she is not taking care of her beloved/hatred cells, she is hiking, cooking or reading. Don’t try to plan anything during winter weekends, as you may only find her on the powder, skiing or snowboarding! She joined BSNL in order to learn more about job opportunities in industry and what exactly these jobs entail on an everyday basis. That’s why she would like to create a new column on our website: “A day in the life of…”.



“To start a career in life science industries is not always easy. BSNL gives the amazing chance to expand your network and to learn more about job opportunities. This is what pushed me to become a BSNL member”



Petar Šćepanović

Born in Montenegro, Petar studied in Turin, Italy. He is now doing his PhD at the EDBB of
EPFL. Throughout his jobs and studies, he specialized in bioinformatics and in particular in Human genomics.


Of entrepreneurial spirit, Petar wants to take part in organizing events that could be helpful to students in understanding the world of start-ups and translating their ideas into the market.

Stay tuned to hear more about their adventures!

By Jana Majerska & Norine Voisin



Meet Our New Crew!

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Meet Our New Crew!

In the past few months, we had to bid a farewell to several amazing members whose promising careers took them elsewhere. We would love to thank them for their contribution and wish them the absolute best for their future.

Fortunately, it did not take us long to fill the vacancies. So let us welcome and introduce the newest members of our team…

Adamandia Kapopoulou

Mado is a senior bioinformatician, thrilled to join the BSNL crew. After 10 years of work experience at EBI Cambridge UK and EPFL, Mado enrolled into the PhD programme in population genetics and became a representative of her doctoral school (EDBB). She has joined the BSNL communication team, with the main focus on web development and design.Mado“I was really impressed by the professionalism and organisation of BSNL and I’m eager to be part of such enthusiastic team!”

Donovan Duc

After finishing his studies at UNIL, Donovan is doing his PhD in neuroimmunology at CHUV. He is excited to organize stimulating events, and eager to meet new people and expand his network. When he is not busy with event management, you can probably find him doing sports with his friends, or playing with his camera.


“I think the university struggles to inform students about their future possibilities and have difficulty to improve bridges between academia and companies. Therefore, your association is definitely​ important to maintain this trend of interactions outside academia, to offer interesting events to discover career in life science and to give the possibility of networking with people from various fields.” 

Lidia Lacruz

Lidia is pumped to bring a bit of Spanish joy to our team. She is doing her PhD in forensic genetics, registered at the FBM and working at the CHUV near Epalinges. Lidia is determined to add the field of forensic sciences to our next Life Science Career Day, and co-organize several other events.

Lidia“I attended LSCD in May and I was impressed by the organization…. I’m only in my first year of PhD, but I’m already attracted by the non-academic career path. For this reason, I believe that being a BSNL member could help me improve my communication, management and networking skills.” 

Roberto Colotti

Roberto is a PhD student with a vision of his future in life science industry or consulting. With the mindset to include case interview preparation among BSNL activities, Roberto would like to organize a workshop on the basics of business, as well as a back-to-back meeting platform. On top of that, he plans to create a data repository of useful resources, tools and materials.

I only have one year remaining before I complete my PhD, but I nonetheless hope to fit your needs…Thinking out of the box, I believe that in your association there would be room to organize something about case interview preparation…This is particularly relevant to me personally, as consulting is probably one of the thing that I would like to do after my PhD.”


Welcome again and all the best for your BSNL’s adventure!

By Jana Majerska