I am interested in the interplay between social organization and disease resistance in animal societies. I received my M.S. from the University of Lausanne, Switzerland, where I worked on the sociogenetics of halictine bees. I then did a Ph.D. at ETH Zurich, where I investigated the evolutionary ecology of disease transmission in a trypanosome-bumblebee system.


2012 - present

The Rockefeller University, New York

Postdoctoral fellow with D. Kronauer

Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) Advanced Postdoc. Mobility Fellowship (24 months)

Women&Science Fellowship (12 months)

SNSF Prospective Researcher Fellowship (12 months)

2008 - 2011

ETH Zurich

Doctoral studies with P. Schmid-Hempel

PhD thesis:

‘Evolutionary ecology of parasite diversity, mixed infections and

transmission in a social insect - trypanosome system’

2001 - 2007

University of Lausanne, Switzerland

MSc in Biology, Evolution and Conservation

Faculty of Biology and Medicine

MSc thesis:

‘Social organisation and population genetics of the sweat bee Halictus scabiosae’ (supervised by M. Chapuisat and N. Perrin)


Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore

Visiting researcher with R. Gadagkar,

Grant from the Indo Swiss Bilateral Research Initiative


Kyoto Univesity, Japan

2007 - 2008

University of Lausanne, Switzerland

Research assistant with L. Fumagalli and N. Perrin