CIG Seminars Fall 2023 Program

Monday 12:15, Génopode, auditorium B

Monday September 11, 2023
Ben Engel,
University of Basel, CH
«Exploring photosynthesis and carbon fixation across scales with cryo-electron tomography»
Host: Christian Fankhauser

Monday September 25, 2023
Laurent Le Cam,
INSERM, Montpellier, France
«Roles of the p53 pathway in metabolism: implications in aging, tissue homeostasis and carcinogenesis»
Host: Lluis Fajas Coll

Monday October 9, 2023
Melissa Harrison,
University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA
«Pioneering the developmental frontier»
Host: Nadine Vastenhouw

Monday October 16, 2023
Alexis A. Jourdain,
University of Lausanne, Dpt. of Immunology, CH
«Nucleotides and RNA as unconventional energy sources”
Host: David Gatfield

Monday October 23, 2023
Angela Taddei,
Institut Curie, Paris, France
«Dynamics of chromatin and transcription upon entry into quiescence and return to growth»
Hosts: PhD Students & Postdocs

Monday October 30, 2023
Félix Naef,
EPFL Lausanne, CH
«Synchronization of circadian and cell cycle oscillators in cells and tissues»
Host: Paul Franken

Monday November 13, 2023
Guillaume Thibault,
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
«The conserved endoplasmic reticulum stress role in
protein and lipid homeostasis»
Host: Aleksandar Vjestica

Monday November 20, 2023
Gunter Meister,
University of Regensburg, Germany
«Mechanisms of m6A- and miRNA-guided gene regulation and their links to cancer progression»
Host: Jean-Yves Roignant

Monday November 27, 2023
Paolo Giacobini,
INSERM, Lille, France
«A spatially resolved single-cell genomic atlas of the human fetal olfactory and neuroendocrine system»
Host: Sophie Croizier

Monday December 11, 2023
Kazuhiro Maeshima,
National Institute of Genetics Yata, Japan
«Chromatin organization and behavior during the cell cycle revealed by single-nucleosome imaging/tacking»
Host: Nadine Vastenhouw

Génopode retreat 2023: best poster prizes

The prizes for the best posters were given this year at the Génopode Retreat in Leysin (August 24 & 25, 2023) to:

1st prize:
Chiara Auwerx​ (Kutalik & Reymond lab)​
poster #4: “Copy-number variants as modulators of common disease susceptibility”

2nd prize:
Camille Schmidt (van Leeuwen lab)
poster #53: “Characterizing the mechanisms of cisplatin resistance in cell lines impaired for interstrand crosslink repair”​


Welcome to Andrey!

Hello there! I’m Andrey, a physicist from Saint Petersburg. Although my expertise lies in Semiconductor Physics with a PhD, I’ve always had a passion for Biology and found inspiration in the beauty of Nature. My PhD thesis focused on label-free DNA detection and identification with semiconductor nanoelectronic devices.
Following my doctoral studies, I became a postdoc at the Lab of Nanoscale Biology at EPFL, where I researched artificial nanopores – tiny holes in semiconductor membranes that mimic cells’ ionic channels.
Now, I’m excited to be part of GTF, using my nanopore expertise to develop new technology for DNA library qualification in NGS. 
I am always happy to chat about technologies and how we can use the perks of material science in biotech. Else I am passionate about playing music.
See you around!

Rigi Workshop 2024: Exploring Epigenetics (28 – 30 January 2024)

Interdisciplinary insights beyond DNA sequence
The Rigi Workshop 2024 on epigenetics will invite its participants to dive into the intricate mechanisms and implications of epigenetic phenomena. By fostering cross-disciplinary dialogue, the event aims to bridge gaps between different disciplines of epigenetic research. Participants will explore how epigenetics impacts plant breeding, behavioral traits, brain development, evolution, synaptic plasticity, cognition, and neurological disorders. The workshop will offer interdisciplinary approaches to investigating and analyzing societal and technological impacts of epigenetics and will feature lectures delivered by leading experts, group discussions, and sharing of group and individual work in the form of poster and oral presentations.

  • When ?  28 – 30 January 2024
  • Where ?  Hotel Rigi Kulm (Schwytz), one of the most scenic place in Switzerland!
  • For who ?  The workshop is aimed at PhD students and Post-docs in Biology or Medicine, from Swiss research institutions.
  • ECTS credits? The participants must contact their doctoral schools for the accreditation of ECTS which we estimate at 2 ECTS.
  • Costs ? The participants pay a 150.- registration fee that covers workshop, housing and meals.
  • Deadline ? The deadline to apply is 30 September 2023, with an abstract and a letter of motivation. The places are limited and the jury will select up to 30 outstanding applicants.
  • Speakers ? Dr. Etienne Bucher, Dr. Med Semira Gonseth Nusslé, Dr. Ivana Jaric, Prof. Dr. Luis Lopez-Molina, Prof. Dr. Isabelle Mansuy
  • Organisers ? Prof. Dr. Irene Adrian-Kalchhauser, PD Dr. Paolo Cinelli, Prof. Dr. Florian Steiner, Caroline Reymond

All the information, the preliminary programme as well as the registration form are available on: 
Kind regards, 
Caroline Reymond 

Plattform Biologie
Akademie der Naturwissenschaften Schweiz (SCNAT)
Haus der Akademien
Laupenstrasse 7
3001 Bern

Tel.: +41 31 306 93 38

Die SCNAT ist Mitglied der Akademien der Wissenschaften Schweiz.