The International Human Frontier Science Program Organization promotes international collaboration in basic research focused on the elucidation of the sophisticated and complex mechanisms of living organisms. The Board of Trustees has awarded Dr Clémence Simon a three-year postdoctoral HFSP fellowship to be held at the Biochemistry Department, University of Geneva, Switzerland under the supervision of Prof. Howard Riezman.
The Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP) funds frontier research on the complex mechanisms of living organisms, with a focus on the support of early career scientists. The projects selected are interdisciplinary in nature and should challenge existing paradigms by using novel approaches and techniques. The fellowships program supports scientists who take on the challenge of broadening their expertise and expanding their international network of collaborators. High-risk projects are particularly encouraged.
Clémence Simon achieved her undergraduate and master degree in Chemistry and Biology at the University of Lille, France. Her PhD training in Chemical Biology was conducted at the Structural and Functional Glycobiology Unit, at the University of Lille, France where she developed new tools and methodologies for studying the dynamics of lignification in plants. She recently joined the Riezman lab at the University of Geneva to study the transport and metabolism of phosphatidylethanolamine in living cells by developing new tools such as photocaging and using various methodologies including lipidomics and mass spectrometry approaches.
This research project entitled “A chemical biology approach to unrave phosphatidylethanolamine transport and metabolism” was recognised by the HSFP, which classified Dr Clémence Simon in the top 12% of applicants to the program, a significant accomplishment in an international competition with a rigorous selection process.
We are proud to have in our NCCR Chemical Biology network such a promising early-career woman researcher!