University of Bern (UBERN),
Bern, Switzerland

Project description

Our group is particularly focused on understanding heart regeneration in the zebrafish This project will use epigenetic single cell profiling to understand how different cell types contribute to this process. We recently found that cardiac fibroblasts get activated in response to injury, and during regeneration, change from a pro-fibrotic to a pro-regenerative and quiescent state The DC project will explore how epigenetic marks control transition through these states. Furthermore, the DC will make use of smart imaging fluorescent microscopy to screen for epigenetic compounds controlling heart regeneration. Secondly, we recently reported the presence of a subgroup of cardiomyocytes in the uninjured zebrafish heart, which responds to injury with higher degree of proliferation than the rest of cardiomyocytes The aim is to understand the underlying metabolic status and epigenetic marks that might be responsible for allow this subset of cardiomyocytes to respond with a higher efficiency to injury.

Doctoral Candidate

Carla Lembke

Hello, my name is Carla Lembke. I graduated with a master’s degree in Behavioral and Cognitive Neurosciences, specializing in Clinical and Molecular Neurosciences, at the University of Groningen, in 2022. In my thesis, I used single-cell sequencing data of the zebrafish brain to characterize a population of quiescent-like stem cells under the supervision of Dr. Judith Paridaen. After my studies, I continued to work in Dr. Paridaen’s lab as a research assistant involved in single-cell sequencing and image analysis. Now, I am joining the team of Prof. Dr. Nadia Mercader at the University of Bern. My research (project 11) will revolve around the epigenetic basis of heart regeneration in zebrafish. My main scientific interests revolve around regeneration, stem cells, and how cell fate is determined. I am also interested in how scientific work can be communicated in a clear and engaging way to the public. Outside of the lab, I enjoy traveling, creative hobbies such as drawing and embroidery, as well as playing volleyball.

Carla Lembke

Principal Investigator

Nadia Mercader, PhD
Full Professor
Institute of Anatomy
Faculty of Medicine
University of Bern
ORCID: 0000-0002-0905-6399

Research in the Mercader group centers on the cellular and molecular mechanisms of development and regeneration in zebrafish.

Nadia Mercader

University of Bern

The University of Bern is a comprehensive university offering a broad choice of courses and programs in eight faculties and is the fourth largest university in Switzerland. The candidate will be enrolled in the Graduate School for Cellular and Biomedical Sciences GCB with options to participate in specialization Programs such as Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine. Furthermore, the candidate will profit with affiliations to the Bern Center for Precision Medicine BCPM and the Cluster of Cardiovascular Research Cluster Bern CVRC.