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Psychologisches Institut Klinische Psychologie und Psychotherapie

Curriculum vitae

Personal Information

Name Elena Gardini
Address University of Zurich
Institute of Psychology
Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy
Binzmuehlestr. 14 / Box 26
CH-8050 Zurich, Switzerland
Tel: +41 44 635 74 58


2017 Graduate research trainee (GRT): Prof. Gustavo Turecki, ICN program, McGill University (4 weeks).  
Since 2016

PhD student: Dynamics of Healthy Aging, Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, University of Zurich, Switzerland. 


Research internship: McGill/Douglas Mental Health University Institute, Group of Suicide Studies (MGSS), McGill University (6 months)

2011-2013 Master of science HEP Vaud in education: Pedagogical school of Lausanne (Switzerland). Discipline: natural sciences. Thesis title: Evaluation and intrinsic motivation. Grade: Excellent
2007-2009 Master of science in Biology: University of Neuchâtel (Switzerland). Biology of Parasites and Behavioural Ecology. Thesis title: Evaluation of a molecular routine technique for detecting Ehrlichia ruminantium in ticks and in the cattle blood. Grade: Excellent
2004-2007 Bachelor of science in Biology: University of Neuchâtel (Switzerland). Thesis title: Infective Ameobozoa Classification. Grade: Good
2000-2004 Matura: Liceo Lugano 1 (Switzerland). Major: biology and chemistry.

Work Experience

2017-present University of Zurich: Master course Biopsychological methods”, Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy
2015-present University of Zurich: Department of Clinical Psychology. Research assistant, 30%. Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Neurobiochemistry Laboratory. Research assistant, 3 months 40%.
2014 University of Zurich: Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Neurobiochemistry Laboratory. 7 months internship. Project title: Epigenetic contribution on early onset obsessive-compulsive disorder.
2013 Secondary school Lucens: Substitutive teacher, 4 months 100%.
2013-2014 Secondary school Ollon: Science, Physics and Mathematics teacher, 50%.
2011-2013 Secondary schools Vaud: Substitutive teacher.
2011 University of Neuchâtel: Department of Molecular Parasitology. Substitutive lecturer for Master class “molecular and immunological interactions host-vector-pathogens” and examiner for oral exams. Spring semester.
2010 University of Neuchâtel: Department of Molecular Parasitology. Research assistant, 4 months 100%.
2010 CSRS (Centre Suisse de Recherche Scientifique en Côte d'Ivoire): in Ivory Coast, 1 month, 100% internship. Collection of ticks and blood from cattle in different rural areas and presentations delivered.
2009-2010 Secondary school Lugano: Science teacher, 50%.


2017 Faculty award (UZH): Travel expenses in Montreal in the context of a graduate research trainee (GRT)
2009 CSRS: Research grant for internship in Ivory Coast.

Laboratory experience

Standard molecular biology and biochemistry techniques (i.e: ELISA)

Genetic: Reverse Line Blot Hybridization (RLB), Single Nucleotide polymorphism analysis (SNPs), VNTR

Epigenetic: MS-High Resolution Melting (MS-HRM), Next Generation Sequencing (NGS), including Bisulfite treatment of DNA, primer design for bisulfite treated DNA, different methods of NGS library construction and purification


Fischer, S., Gardini, E., Haas, F. & Cleare, A. J. (submitted). Polymorphisms in genes related to the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis and antidepressant response – systematic review.

Grünblatt, E., Marinova, Z., Roth, A., Gardini, E., Ball, J., Geissler, J., ... & Walitza, S. (2018). Combining genetic and epigenetic parameters of the serotonin transporter gene in obsessive-compulsive disorder. Journal of Psychiatric Research, 96, 209-217.

Stoffel, M., Gardini, E., Ehlert, U., & Ditzen, B. (2017). Alterations in DNA methylation of FKBP5 following a stress prevention program. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 83, 45.

Chen, G.G., Gross, J.A., Lutz, P.E., Vaillancourt, K., Maussion, G., Bramoulle, A., Théroux, J.F., Gardini, E.S., Ehlert, U., Bourret, G. and Masurel, A. (2017). Medium throughput bisulfite sequencing for accurate detection of 5-methylcytosine and 5-hydroxymethylcytosine. BMC Genomics, 18, 96.

Hubmann, P., Gardini, E., Neuhauser, A., Burkhardt, S.C., Schaub, S., Lanfranchi, A., Turecki, G. and Ehlert, U. (2016). Early intervention moderating the effect of maternal sensitivity on FKBP5 methylation in children living in psychosocially disadvantaged families. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 71, 60.