As our School celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, we have launched a new video series showcasing global alumni achievements.

From New York to Atlanta and Zurich to Morges, EPFL’s thousands of Bachelor, Master, and PhD students over the years have gone on to make significant contributions in both academia and the private sector.

At the EPFL School of Life Sciences we aim to cultivate a new generation of life scientists with strong expertise in quantitative and analytical biology. Here we showcase how some past students have evolved their careers through academic and industrial settings, using the skills they acquired at EPFL to materialize ideas and designs into tangible applications.

“Our alumni go on to pursue diverse careers in both academia and industry, bringing their skills and knowledge to bear upon real-life problems and cutting-edge research. As we find ourselves on the cusp of the next chapter of life sciences globally, where computation, engineering and the physical sciences stimulate and drive both our understanding and applications in biology, we could not be more proud of them, their contributions to the grand endeavors of life science, and the impact they have on the world,” says Professor Andy Oates, the Dean of the School of Life Sciences.


To kick off this series, be inspired by Patrizia Spoerri, SV alumna and now Operational Excellence Manager F&B at DSM.

Meet Olivier Burri,  SV alumnus and now Senior Bioimage Analyst with the BioImaging and Optics Core Facility here at EPFL in Lausanne, where he advises PhD students for their needs in digital image analysis since more than 10 years.

Meet Carine Delattre, Director of Value Access & Pricing at Incyte, a global biopharmaceutical company. Having obtained her Master in Life Sciences Engineering in 2008 and her PhD in 2013, she looks back at EPFL having enjoyed relevant research, learned analytical and problem-solving skills and worked with cross functional teams.

Meet Alessandro De Simone, he is an Assistant Professor in the department of genetics and evolution at the University of Geneva where he studies the physical principles underlying the coordination of regeneration in vertebrates. Coming from a background in theoretical physics, he did his PhD at EPFL in molecular life sciences where he enjoyed the excitement of discovery, opportunity to learn every day, connect with students and the mission of leadership. Where are they now? is an EPFL video series from the School of Life Sciences and the School of Computer and Communication Sciences showcasing global alumni achievements.

Meet Samira Asgari, she is an Assistant Professor at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York. She obtained her PhD working in the lab of Jacques Fellay at EPFL, and her research focuses on understanding the human genetic basis of infection and immunity.

Visit EPFL’s YouTube channel each week and be inspired by the careers and achievements of former EPFL life science and computer science students.