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Mathilda Fatton

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Doctorante

Office A225


Phone: +41 32 718 22 64

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Scientific interests

 

I am really interested by many different topics in microbiology. Nevertheless, my main interest concerns bacterial ecological strategies and more precisely, the bacterial sporulation. The sporulation allows bacteria to form dormant and resistant structures called spores. These spores could stay in environment for extended periods and thus, represents a survival strategy. This process is well described in some bacterial phyla, but poorly understood in other. Therefore, I would like to investigate sporulation in new bacterial models for two main reasons.

First, because sporulation allows a long survival in environment and therefore, we could imagine using spores in order to discover some facts about the past! Secondly, I am convinced that an extended knowledge of sporulation could help in the field of human health. In fact, it is now commonly admit that sporulating bacteria are highly connected to humans; either in a positive way as part of the diversity of our microbiome or in a negative way, as spores are responsible of many diseases.

As a summary, even if I really like applied microbiology, I also think that, sometimes, fundamental researches are needed and represent the first step, before moving forward.

 

Academic curriculum

 

  • Since 2018: PhD ès sciences in biology

University of Neuchâtel, Microbiology Laboratory

Thesis title: “Dormancy and spore-formers: Investigate non-standard models”

 

  • Mai 2017 – Novembre 2017: Internship as laboratory technician in quality control domain

Nestlé Quality Assurance Centre (NQAC), Nestlé, Orbe

 

 

  • 2015-2018: Master in biology, Specialization in Evolution and Biodiversity, Ecology and Environment

University of Neuchâtel, Microbiology Laboratory

Master-thesis title: “Investigation of bacterial communities in high mountain lakes: Total versus spores’ fractions”

 

  • 2012-2015: Bachelor in biology

University of Neuchâtel

 

Teaching experience


September-December 2019
Assistant for the practicals “TP de Microbiologie” for the 2nd year Bachelor students, Laboratory of Microbiology, University of Neuchâtel

 

February-March 2019
Assistant for the “Apprentissage par problème (APP) – Microbiologie » for the 3nd year Bachelor students, Laboratory of Microbiology, University of Neuchâtel

 

September-December 2018

  • Assistant for the practicals “TP de Microbiologie, Partie Bactériologie” for the 2nd year Bachelor students, Laboratory of Microbiology, University of Neuchâtel
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  • Assistant for the practicals “Introduction pratique au travail de laboratoire” for the 1st year Bachelor students, Laboratory of Microbiology, University of Neuchâtel

 


September-December 2016

  • Student-assistant for the practicals “TP de Microbiologie, Partie Bactériologie” for the 2nd year Bachelor students, Laboratory of Microbiology, University of Neuchâtel

 

  • Student-assistant for the practicals “Bioinformatic tools” for the 1st year Master students, Laboratory of Microbiology, University of Neuchâtel

 

  • Student-assistant for the practicals “Méthodes de biochimie et biologie moléculaire » for the 3nd year Bachelor students, Laboratory of Microbiology, University of Neuchâtel

 

Publications

 

  • Blum, T. B., Filippidou, S., Fatton, M., Junier, P., & Abrahams, J. P. (2019). The wild-type flagellar filament of the Firmicute Kurthia at 2.8 Å resolution in vivo. Scientific Reports9(1), 1-8. “Bacterial Spores, from Ecology to Biotechnology.”
  • Christophe Paul, Sevasti Filippidou, Isha Jamil, Wafa Kooli, Geoffrey House, Aislinn Estoppey, Mathilda Hayoz, Thomas Junier, Fabio Palmieri, Tina Wunderlin, Anael Lehmann, Saskia Bindschedler, Torsten Vennemann, Patrick S. G. Chain, Pilar Junier. 2019. "Bacterial Spores, from Ecology to Biotechnology."  Advances in Applied Microbiology. Vol. 106. 79-111. doi:10.1016/bs.aambs.2018.10.002