Michèle grew up in a tiny village in the Swiss Alps 50 km south of Zurich. She completed her Master of Science in Human Movement Sciences at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich in 2007 before moving from the mountains to the big city of Zurich to complete her PhD at the Balgrist University Hospital in the field of spinal cord injury. Her thesis focused on plasticity of spinal locomotor circuitries after spinal cord injury and she was trained by Prof. Volker Dietz and Prof. Martin Schwab. After finishing her PhD, she stayed for one more year in the Spinal Cord Injury Centre as a Postdoctoral Fellow focusing on spinal neuromodulatory approaches to improve locomotor recovery after spinal cord injury.
In October 2012 she moved to Canada to start a Postdoctoral Fellowship at ICORD under the supervision of Dr. Andrei Krassioukov. She aims to enhance her knowledge of the sensorimotor and autonomic nervous systems and gather new expertise in cardiovascular assessments. Her project focuses on cardiovascular changes after exercise interventions in subjects with chronic SCI.
Funding: Swiss National Science Foundation Fellowship for prospective researchers, January 2013 to December 2013.