About me

This website is not about me.

I intended it to be a place where I post blogs about interesting talks of other people I meet on my way. Sometimes I write down personal expressions as a mother researcher. From time to time I share photos of beautiful landscapes and pictures of my cute children for my family to enjoy.

I am far away from my home country and I try to keep in touch with people from diverse backgrounds. You can find a page with my blog posts. Four pages keep you informed about my research in my home canton Graubünden, Switzerland; here in California where I am living right now; in Panama where I am collaborating with researchers at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute; and some other projects. There is also a copy of my CV.

During my time at UC Berkeley, I co-founded and co-chair an association for postdoctoral/visiting researchers and their families; together with James Angus Chandler, Moez Ben Haj Hmida, and Sam Castañeda. We address the many challenges that parents and partners face when trying to survive and be successful as postdoctoral researchers or visiting scholars. To share helpful resources, organize events or workshops, and provide a network we created a website.

Currently, I am a postdoctoral researcher in Prof. Stephanie Carlson’s lab at UC Berkeley and Prof. Jonathan Eisen’s lab at UC Davis. If you want to know more about me, you can read this introduction from our Panama project website at https://istmobiome.net/:

Laetitia Wilkins is a postdoctoral research scholar from Switzerland. She is fascinated by host-microbe interactions and their co-evolution. Her study hosts include porcelain crabs and fish. For her Master’s degree, she investigated female mating preferences and the MHC in humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae). For her doctoral thesis, she studied the interaction of host embryos (Brown trout – Salmo trutta, European grayling – Thymallus thymallus, and Whitefish – Coregonus spp.) and their bacterial symbionts, and how this relationship is affected by genetic and environmental effects. She also mentored several students working on life-history strategies and maternal effects in Brown trout and European grayling, as well as sex differentiation and its implications for conservation in grayling. Laetitia gets to visit wild places for studying and collecting organisms but sometimes she also has to spend weeks in a fridge to run experiments. She cares about diversity and critical thinking and is helping researchers with families to thrive in academia. Laetitia is a cofounder of the Berkeley Spouses, Partners & Parents Association (bsppa.berkeley.edu). She is always eager to learn new bioinformatics and statistical approaches.