Our Team

Sophie Guénard: Chief Scientific Officer and co-founder of SMALTIS
Sophie holds a PhD in Life and Health Sciences from the University of Franche-Comté with a thesis entitled “Function and dysfunction of active efflux systems in clinical strain of Pseudomonas aeruginosa.
At SMALTIS, she has the title of scientific director and quality manager.

Cédric Muller: Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of SMALTIS.
Cédric holds a PhD in Life and Health Sciences from the University of Franche-Comté with a thesis entitled “Characterization of mutants overproducing the active efflux system MexXY/OprM in Pseudomonas aeruginosa.
At SMALTIS, he is both the business development director and the scientific director.

Marjorie Robert-Nicoud: Research Associate
After obtaining her title in Biotechnology from Luminy's Higher School of Engineers in 2004. Marjorie gained a strong experience in Molecular and Cellular Biology working at the Oxford BioMedica firm. She then worked in Clinical Research at IATEC in Lille, France and then joined the National Center of Reference (CNR) of resistance to antibiotics’s team in Besançon. Marjorie is hired at SMALTIS in 2014 as Research Associate and Customer Service Manager.

Elise Ponçot: Laboratory Technician
Elise joined SMALTIS in 2016 as an apprentice and was trained under high-quality conditions for a year. In September 2017 she gets her professional bachelor’s degree from the University of Bourgogne Franche-Comté which is focused on Tissue and Cell Culture as well as Molecular Biology. Since then, she has been hired at SMALTIS as Laboratory Technician.

Paulo Juarez: R&D Manager
Paulo began studying Biochemistry and Microbiology in Guatemala, where he received his Bachelor’s degree, before entering the French Higher Education in 2012 thanks to the Victor Hugo scholarship. After an initial experience in Cellular Biology, he joined the bacteriology team in Besançon in 2013. Paulo holds a PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of Bourgogne Franche-Comté. In October 2017 he is hired as R&D Manager.

Mélanie Grosjean: PhD Student
Mélanie joined the SMALTIS team in December 2017 as a PhD student. She integrates the R&D department of the company as part of a CIFRE thesis in partnership with UMR CNRS Chrono-Environment. The thesis project is entitled: "Optimization of molecular tools for the heterologous expression of bacterial genes in Pseudomonas aeruginosa".

The Lab
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