Cécile is an MD trained as pediatrician. Upon completion of her fulltime clinical work, she was awarded a fellowship from the Roche Research Foundation in Basel, allowing her to conduct her doctoral research in the field of immunochemistry. She was conferred with her PhD in 2002 at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Lausanne (Switzerland).
She has developed an expertise in immunology and worked for a Contract Research Organization as a clinical project manager, driving several clinical trials in the medical device space. She has been awarded several international distinctions for her research, including the Milupa Neonatology Award and the Prof Combe Award, and she has authored more than 20 scientific publications in international, peer-reviewed journals.