Sabine Costagliola

PI, FNRS Research Director 
IRIBHM Director

phone # +32(0)2 555 6085

Sabine Costagliola completed a PhD in immunology at the Université Aix Marseille II (France) in 1991 and a PhD in Biomedical Science at ULB in 2000.  She obtained a permanent position at FNRS as Research Associate in 2000.  She is group leader and vice director of IRIBHM (Institut de Recherche Interdisciplinaire en Biologie Humaine et Moleculaire).


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Lab Manager :

Véronique Janssens

phone # +32(0)2 555 4197

Véronique studied at the “Athénée des Pagodes” obtained her CESS (option Latin – math) in 1994. She followed the first year of pharmacology at the “Université Libre de Bruxelles” (ULB). From 1995 to 1998, she performed a graduate in Medical Biology in “Institute Paul Lambin” (UCL) (assay: “Huntington chorea”) and obtained her diploma as technician of laboratories. In 1998, she started to work in Sabine Costagliola lab as lab technician and she obtained a permanent position at ULB in 2003. In 2013, she obtained a career advancement at ULB after a competitive examination and an essay entitled : “Zebrafish: a new biomedical research tool at ULB?”. Véronique is our lab manager.

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Postdocs :

Bárbara Fonseca
Bárbara Fonseca graduated in Biomedical Sciences at Fluminense Federal University (2010), followed by a Master’s degree in Cell and Developmental Biology at Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (2013), both in Brazil. She obtained a Ph.D. degree in Cell and Developmental Biology in 2017, at Pierre et Marie Curie University, in Paris (France). Currently, she is a postdoctoral researcher at IRIBHM-ULB, working on in vitro models of thyroid development.

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Graduated in Biological Sciences from University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, 2009. She obtained a Ph.D. degree in Medical Science – Translational Medicine in 2016 at Federal University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, and Postdoctoral researcher in Medical Science – Endocrinology. She had a Sandwich Ph.D. period at IRIBHM-ULB, working on zebrafish model of thyroid development. Postdoctoral researcher at Sabine Costagliola’s Lab, IRIBHM-ULB working on in vitro models on thyroid development and cancer.  

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Mírian Romitti

Graduated in Biomedical Sciences from University of Cruz Alta, Brazil, 2008. Master (2012) and PhD (2014) in Biomedical Sciences: Endocrinology from University Federal of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. Postdoctoral researcher at Sabine Costagliola´s Lab, IRIBHM, ULB, Belgium from 2014 to 2017. Currently Chargé de Recherche FNRS.

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PhD Students:

Sandra Coppens
MD, specialization in neurology (2011), in pediatric neurology (2013) at ULB.  Interuniversity degree in myology in 2013 (Paris-Descartes University), interuniversity certificate in genetics in 2016 (Belgian Society of Human Genetics) Resident in pediatric neurology and pediatric consultations at the Neuromuscular Reference Center at Hospital Erasme and HUDERF from 2013 to 2017. PhD student at IRIBHM since 2015 (funded by the Fond Erasme and the Belgian Kids Fund). Title of the PhD thesis: Identification of genetic causes of myopathies through an integrated approach to in-depth phenotypic analysis, exome sequencing and gene knockdown in zebrafish

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Eleonore Dupuis
Eleonore joined IRIBHM for a master thesis in September 2014 in Wittamer Lab. She graduated for her master in June 2015 and joined the Costagliola Lab for a PhD funded by the Belgian Kids Fund. Her research project focused on zebrafish models to study the molecular networks of the myotubularin / amphiphysin / dynamin pathway involved in centronuclear myopathies

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Pierre Gillotay
Pierre graduated from Lycée Henriette Dachsbeck in June 2010 with a “latin-science” formation. He entered ULB to study biomedical sciences in September 2010 and got his bachelor degree in June 2013. After starting a master’s degree in biomedical sciences in September 2013, he joined the lab for a master thesis in September 2014 working on the impact of vascular development in thyroid organogenesis. He graduated for his master in June 2015 and stayed in the lab for a PhD after getting a FRIA fellowship in October 2015. His current work in mainly focused on understanding the fine molecular tuning of thyroid organogenesis using the Crispr-Cas9 technology.

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Meghna Shankar

Meghna graduated from the University College Dublin, Ireland in 2018. The title of her MSc thesis was   « Characterisation of an autosomal recessive blind zebrafish model, with a putative mutation in the gene encoding abca4b (photoreceptor cell–specific ATP-binding cassette transporter) ».   She has previously worked in Bangalore, India, in genetic testing and NGS based diagnostic laboratories at the Centre for Human Genetics and Medgenome Labs Private limited as a Research Associate. Meghna has an undergraduate degree Bachelor of engineering in Biotechnology from PES University Bangalore, India. She joined the Costagliola laboratory in 2018 for a PhD to work on a zebrafish model to study thyroid cell specification within the foregut endoderm.  

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Laura Chomette

Laura Chomette graduated from medical school at ULB in 2015 and specialized in Cardiology in 2018. She is currently a PhD student at the IRIBHM and Erasme Hospital, supervised by Pr Antoine Bondue and funded by the Fonds Erasme. The title of her PhD is Heritable Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension: molecular insights through genetics and induced pluripotent stem cells.


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Master student :

Carole Abgemadon

Carole Abgemadon graduated from St Vincent de Paul Institute (Belgium) in applied sciences in 2013 and did 2 years in medical school at UC-BrusselsL. After completing an Erasmus in South-Eastern Finland University of applied science (Savonlinna), obtained a bachelor degree in nursing from ISEI (Haute Ecole Leonard de Vinci) in 2018. Following, started a master in biomedical sciences at ULB. Currently doing a master thesis in the lab working on lung development.