Honors & Awards


  • Best Postdoc Poster award, Stanford - China Cardiovascular Research Symposium - Stanford Cardiovascular Institute (CVI) (2017)
  • Stanford University Postdoc Hardship Fund award, Stanford University (2017)
  • Early Postdoc.Mobility fellowship, Swiss National Science Foundation (2016)
  • Finalist for Oustanding Student Paper award, IEEE MEMS 2014 conference, San Francisco (2014)
  • Finalist for Outstanding Student Paper award (12 selected out of 909 submissions), IEEE 27th International Conference Micro Electro Mechanical Systems (MEMS) (2014)
  • Seed-funding grant (18k$) for patenting and market study., KTH Innovation Holding (2014)
  • Travel award in the memory of Nils and Hans Backmark., KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden (2014)
  • Travel award in the memory of Nils and Hans Backmark., KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden (2012)
  • 1st rank at the Swiss University National Championship in Slalom and Giant Slalom alpine skiing, Swiss Academic Ski Club, Swiss-Ski (2008)
  • 18th rank at the Swiss National Championship in Slalom alpine skiing, Swiss-Ski (2003)

Boards, Advisory Committees, Professional Organizations


  • Head of competition, Swiss Academic Ski Club (SAS) (2005 - 2007)

Professional Education


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Royal Institute of Technology (2014)
  • Master of Science, Ecole Polytechnique Federale Lausanne (2008)
  • Bachelor of Science, Ecole Polytechnique Federale Lausanne (2006)

Patents


  • Gaspard Pardon, Tommy Haraldsson, Wouter Van Der Wijngaart. "United States Patent US20150203687A1 Modification of polymer surface properties", Gaspard Pardon, Tommy Haraldsson, Wouter Van Der Wijngaart

Current Research and Scholarly Interests


My research is focused on the development of platforms and devices enabling pair-wise analysis of functional phenotype and "omic" expression at the single-cell level.

An area of application of such technology is in cardiovascular research, where cardiomyocytes derived from human induced pluripotent stem cell (hiPSC-CM) are being increasingly investigated and used as an in vitro model of the heart biology.
However, such hiPSC-CM populations display a large variability, which makes the results difficult to interpret. Hence, the understanding of the underlying cause of this variability is crucial to the applicability of hiPSC-CM.
I believe that a solution to this problem can be found by looking at the difference present at the single-cell level and I am trying to develop new tools for this purpose.

For my research, I am using various bioanalytical techniques to study the functional phenotype and "omic" expression. These techniques encompass traction force microscopy to characterize the contractility of cardiomyocytes, fluorescence microscopy to investigate intracellular organization and to interrogate specific biological pathways, as well as single-cell RNA sequencing and proteomics tools.

To realize a platform that enables such combined analyses, I am using microfabrication and biomaterial engineering to isolate and study single-cells.
Protein micropatterning techniques are used to drive cells to adopt more physiological shapes, while hydrogel engineering is used to adjust the stiffness to physiologically relevant values, to control the microscopic geometrical shape by photopatterning, and to recover single cells for pair-wise downstream analysis by externally controlled polymer degradation.

Feel free to contact me if you wish to know more about my research.