Awards, honors, prizes Archive


Génopode retreat 2021: best poster prizes

The prizes for the best posters were given this year at the Génopode Retreat in Les Diablerets (Sept. 9 & 10, 2021) to:

1st prize: poster #23, Robin Hofmeister, “Parent-of-origin inference in the UK biobank”

2nd prize : poster #31, Daehan Lee, “Evolution of drosophilid central brains”

Congratulations to both of them!!!


Congratulations to Katharina Huber on her Postdoctoral Fellowship Award !

Katharina Huber received the Erwin Schrödinger Postdoctoral Fellowship Award from the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) in July 2021. 

The award, named after the Austrian Nobel Prize winner Erwin Schrödinger, is bestowed to highly qualified scientists working at foreign research institutions during their postdoctoral phase.

Her project entitled “Control of glutamine metabolism by E2F transcription factor-1” highlights the crosstalk between cell cycle regulators and specific metabolic pathways. 

Further information about the grant:


Congratulations to Chiara!

Chiara Auwerx (AR) received an Early Career Award at the European Society of Human Genetics’ annual conference held Aug. 28-31, 2021.

She received the Lodewijk Sandkuijl Award, which is bestowed since 2004 to the author of the best presentation within the field of complex disease genetics and statistical genetics. Her presentation, entitled “The impact of copy number variants on complex human traits”, highlighted how copy number variants shape traits in healthy populations.

Note that she will give you an overview of her findings at the upcoming retreat of the Genopode building.

Further information about the event:


Congratulations to Christophe Dessimoz on his Optimus Agora prize!

Prof . Christophe Dessimoz’s lab will receive in September 2021 the prize Optimus Agora during the ScienceComm’2021 in Fribourg.

Further information on the UNIL’s “L’actu” magazine:


Congratulations to Marieke Hoekstra (former PF lab) on her Amicitia Excellence Prize 2021!

The Amicitia Association awards an Excellence Prize in recognition of outstanding scientific research in all areas of neuroscience.
Its aim is to support graduates from the neuroscience doctoral programs in the Lemanic area who are continuing their scientific career in an international academic institution.

This year, the  award ceremony will be held on May 7 between 16h30 – 17h during the Annual Meeting of our NeuroLeman Network and Doctoral Schools (on zoom:

Home - Dr Marieke Hoekstra

Further information on this prize:

Further information on Dr Hoekstra:

I am studying the mechanisms underlying the association between dementia and sleep/circadian disturbances, using several techniques to follow (e.g. in vivo imaging) and/or to manipulate (viral, pharmaceutical) these processes. I joined the group of Marco Brancaccio at the Dementia Research Institute Imperial as a research associate in May 2019.

Prior to joining Marco’s lab, I conducted my PhD studies in the lab of Paul Franken at the University of Lausanne (Lausanne, Switzerland, 2013-2018). My studies showed that the sleep-wake distribution is an important contributor to daily changes in clock gene expression, and that a temperature sensitive protein called CIRBP conveys some, but not all, of the sleep-deprivation incurred changes in clock gene expression.


Congratulations to B.Thorens on his Roger Assan prize !

Le Prix Roger Assan, doté d’une bourse de 10’000 €, récompense un·e clinicien·ne ou chercheur·euse de réputation internationale ayant effectué l’essentiel de sa carrière dans des pays francophones, et dont les travaux ont amené à des avancées majeures et ouvert de nouvelles voies dans la compréhension ou le traitement du diabète et des maladies métaboliques.

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