Dr. Virginie Hamel

Co-group leader - Senior Lecturer

+41 22 379 6735


Since 2021 - Senior Lecturer

Since 2015 - Co-group leader, UNIGE

2012-2015 - Staff Scientist at EPFL (Pierre Gonczy's lab)

2005- 2012 - Post-doc at EPFL (Pierre Gonczy's lab)

2004 - PhD at EMBL (Iain Mattaj's lab)



2022-2025 - ISREC Tandem Grant

2008-2010 -  Marie Heim Vögtlin fellowshio (SNSF fellowship)

2008-2009 - Roche foundation fellowship

2005-2008 - FEBS longterm fellowship

2003-2004 - EMBL Fellowship


Selected publications 

Expansion Microscopy provides new insights into the cytoskeleton of malaria parasites including the conservation of a conoid structure. Bertiaux A., Balestra A., Bournonville L., Brochet M. *, Guichard P. *, Hamel V. * 

PLOS Biology. Link open access - BiorXiv - Prelights


The architecture of the centriole cartwheel-containing region revealed by cryo-electron tomography.Klena N.†, Le Guennec M.†, Tassin AM, Van den Hoek H., .Erdmann PS, Schaffer M., Geimer S., Aeschlimann G., Kovacik L., Goldie KN,  Stahlberg H. , Engel BD*, Hamel V.* and Guichard P.* 

EMBO J. September 2020 - Link open access- Link BiorXiv


WDR90 is a centriolar microtubule wall protein important for centriole architecture integrity

 Steib E., Laporte MH, Gambarotto D., Olieric N., Zheng C., Borgers S., Olieric V., Le Guennec M., Koll F., Tassin AM, Steinmetz MO, Guichard P.*, Hamel V.*  

eLIFE, September 2020. Link open access - link BioRxiv


A helical inner scaffold provides a structural basis for centriole cohesion. Le Guennec M†, Klena N.†, Gambarotto D.†, Laporte MH †, Tassin AM, Van den Hoek H., Erdmann PS, Schaffer M., Kovacik L., Borgers S., Goldie KN, Stahlberg H., Bornens M., Azimzadeh J., Engel BD#, Hamel V.* and Guichard P.* 

Science Advances. Feb 2020 Link open access - Unige press release


Molecular resolution imaging by post-labeling expansion single molecular localization microscopy (Ex-SMLM).Zwettler F.U., Reinhard S., Gambarotto D., Bell T.D.M, Hamel V.*, Guichard P.*, Sauer M.* 

Nature communications., July 2020. Link open access - BiorXiv - Prelights - Press release


Flagellar microtubule doublet assembly in vitro reveals a regulatory role of tubulin C-terminal tails. M. Schmidt-Cernohorska, I. Zhernov, E. Steib, M. Le Guennec1, R. Achek, S. Borgers, D. Demurtas, L. Mouawad, Z. Lansky, V. Hamel* and P. Guichard*.

Science. Jan 2019. Link open access ReprintFull text 


Imaging cellular ultrastructures using expansion microscopy (U-ExM).  Gambarotto D. ##, Zwettler F. U. ##, Schmidt-Cernohorska M. , Fortun D. , Borgers  S. , Heine J. , Schloetel J. G. , Reuss M. , Unser M. , Boyden E.S. , Sauer M. *, Hamel V. * and  Guichard P.*. 

Nature Methods. 2019. Link open access - Preprint - Prelights - Press