Isabelle Migeotte

Principal Investigator  Research Associate F.N.R.S


Isabelle Migeotte graduated as a Medical Doctor (1998), received her PhD in Medical Sciences (2005) and was certified in internal medicine in 2005, specialised in medical genetics, at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), Belgium. Isabelle performed a postdoctoral training in Kathryn Anderson’s laboratory, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, NY, USA (2005-2010). Isabelle is a FNRS Research Associate, IRIBHM, ULB and a Consultant in Medical Genetics, Hôpital Erasme, ULB

Jessica Mathiah

PhD student

Navrita Mathiah received a master degree in Biomedical Sciences in 2012 from the Universite Libre de Bruxelles (ULB). After performing a master thesis in Cédric Blanpain’s lab, Navrita joined the laboratory in October 2012 to begin a PhD program and is a recipient of the FRIA/FNRS research fellowship. Her work aims to better understand the molecular and cellular events leading to primitive streak and mesoderm layer formation during mouse embryonic development.

Bechara Saykali

PhD student


Bechara Saykali received his Masters in Molecular and Cell Biology from the Lebanese American University in 2013. During his master’s, he studied cell motility in cancer and the role of Rho GTPases in metastasis. He joined our Lab in 2014 as a PhD student after acquiring a scholarship awarded By Phoenix, Erasmus Mundus. He then received a FRIA scholarship, awarded by FNRS. Bechara is currently working on characterizing mesoderm development in mouse embryos. Bechara A. Saykali on ResearchGate

 Evangeline Despin-Guitard

PhD student

Evangéline received a master degree in Cell biology and development in 2018 from the Université Paul Sabatier in Toulouse, France.  She did her master thesis within Eric Theveneau, at the Center for Developmental Biology in Toulouse, where she studied epithelial to mesenchymal transition during neural crest delamination in the avian embryo. She joined the Migeotte Lab in January 2019 under a Welbio fellowship. Evangéline work focuses on the relationship between cell cycle and epithelial to mesenchymal transition during gastrulation in the mouse embryo.

Diana Suarez Boomgaard, PhD

Postdoctoral fellow

In 2014 she joined our laboratory where she is studying the role of the small Rho GTPases in collective migration during early mouse development. In particular, she is focused on the Anterior Viceral Endoderm migration that takes place early after embryo implantation. Diana Suárez Boomgaard obtained her PhD in the University of Málaga in 2013. During her PhD, she focused on the role of the dopaminergic D4 receptors interaction with the endogenous opioid system in the rat brain.

 Wallis Nahaboo, PhD

Postdoctoral fellow


After completing her biomedical engineer diploma (PHELMA, Grenoble INP), Wallis started her Phd in Delattre lab in ENS Lyon, France.She worked on the forces that drive chromosome segregation in C. elegans embryos. Wallis is interested in studying live cell dynamics and specifically the cytoskeleton.Just after her PhD defence, in April 2016, she joined our lab as a postdoc. She is currently working on cell migration in mouse embryos development: She focuses on quantitative analysis of imaging data, as well as develops tools to study mechanical forces in the gastrulating embryo.

Marie-Lucie Racu, MD

Master Intern

Racu Marie-Lucie received her Bachelor’s degree in Medicine from the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) in 2015. During her first master’s year, she worked as an assistant for the Pathology course. She joined our Lab in 2018 for a 6 month internship to work on her master’s thesis which focused on the candidate guidance cues for mesoderm migration at gastrulation in the mouse embryo. She received her Master’s degree in Medicine at the ULB in 2018 and will pursue her career as a Pathologist.