Dr. Enrico Bertolini

Post-doctoral researcher

Enrico obtained his bachelor and master degree from the University of Padua. For his master thesis he moved to the University of Leicester where he studied the diapause of Drosophila melanogaster in the lab of Bambos Kyriacou. He then joined the group of Charlotte Förster at the University of Würzburg where he studied and characterized the circadian clock of selected non-model insect species. He obtained his PhD in 2018 and continued with a project on the anatomical and functional characterization of the dorsal clock neurons of D. melanogaster. Enrico joined the lab in January 2021 to work on the evolution of gustatory preference. He is supported by a DFG Walter Benjamin fellowship.


Justine Pascual

Lab Manager

Justine received her master’s degree in Bioengineering from the University of Toulouse, France. After moving to Switzerland, she started working in the laboratory of Fisun Hamaratoglu at the CIG, UNIL on growth control and patterning in Drosophila. Then, she joined Etienne Meylan at the EPFL to work on the impact of microenvironment and metabolism on tumor development in lung cancer. She joined our team in May 2021 to explore gustatory circuit evolution in Drosophila species.


Dr. Thomas Auer

Group leader