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Oct 19, 2020 Mini-symposium “Adipose tissue metabolism and cardiovascular diseases”

We are pleased to announce the new date of the Mini-Symposium of the Cardiovascular and metabolism (CVM) PhD program of the Faculty of Biology and Medicine, UNIL/CHUV, entitled

Adipose tissue metabolism and cardiovascular diseases”

Organizer: Francisco Verdeguer, Department of Molecular Mechanisms of Disease,
University of Zurich

When: October 19, 2020 from 9:00 – 12:30

Where: CHUV Lausanne, main building BH08, Auditorium Auguste Tissot
(remote participation via videoconferencing will be possible)


Talk program:

  • Isabel Lopez-Mejía (Center for Integrative Genomics, University of Lausanne, Switzerland): The SR protein Srsf2 modulates lipid metabolism in white adipose tissue
  • Jose Javier Fuster (Spanish National Center for Cardiovascular Research, Madrid, Spain): Somatic mutations and clonal hematopoiesis in age-related cardiovascular and metabolic disease
  • Patrick C.N. Rensen (Leiden University Medical Center, The Netherlands): Brown adipose tissue in lipid and glucose metabolism in health and disease
  • Francisco Verdeguer (Department of Molecular Mechanisms of Disease, University of Zurich): Transcriptional and metabolic control of brown adipose tissue thermogenesis

Further program details are available on the CVM website. The meeting is free of charge, but please register by filling the form here prior to October 1.  Participation to the mini-symposium will be accredited by the Direction of veterinary affairs and their inspection (DAVI), section Lausanne, as a half day of continuing education. Please note that previous symposium inscriptions (done before the confinement) cannot be kept.

For PhD candidates: There will be workshops with symposium speakers in the afternoon following the symposium between 14:00 – 16:00h. The UNIL doctoral school attributes 1.0 ECTS for PhD students who present a signed participation form for the mini-symposium (0.25 ECTS morning session, 0.75 ECTS afternoon session). Please also use the registration link here and indicate your workshop preference.

Dr. Ulrike Toepel
Coordinator of the LN and CVM PhD Programs
Office hours: Monday, Tuesday and Friday
Address: Doctoral School Amphipôle,
room 316 Unil-Sorge
University of Lausanne
1015 Lausanne
Phone: +41 (0)21 692 4014
Fax: +41 (0)21 692 4005


LS2 “PIs of Tomorrow”, Feb 18-19, 2021 at the UNIGE – Applications’ deadline: 01.11.2020

We are pleased to announce the call for applications for the session


“PIs of tomorrow: The Future of Swiss Research”


at the next LS2 Annual Meeting 2021, taking place in Geneva, 18-19 February.


This session offers postdocs interested in an academic career an opportunity to present a plenary talk similar in format to a professorship interview seminar. Please, find all the information about the last PIs of tomorrow 2020 at https://annual-meeting.ls2.ch/specials/pis-of-tomorrow. The 2021 edition and call will be published in September under the same link.


Selected participants will have the chance to get a slot for a 15-minute presentation, which should appeal to a broad audience and in which both the achievements accomplished and the proposed future research are to be explained. The talk will be followed by a 10-minute discussion on various aspects of the proposed activity, as well as on career-oriented aspects of the presenter. A knowledgeable jury panel of professors will evaluate the presentations.


The best presentation will be awarded a prize. However, everyone is a winner as all presenters in the session will receive feedback from the jury in a one-to-one private session afterward. Moreover, as a participant in the LS2 Annual Meeting 2021, you will have the opportunity to expand or refresh your network in Switzerland, to interact with scientists in and outside your field. Only applicants having ties to Switzerland will be considered (i.e. Swiss citizenship, Swiss residency, past or on-going affiliation with a Swiss institution of at least two years by the 2021 meeting). Independent position holders are not eligible.


The following documents are required for the application:

  1. Cover letter highlighting your interest and eligibility (max. 1 page)
  2. Research statement including past work and future research plans with their scientific impact and significance (max. 300 words)
  3. CV with a publication list (max. 2 pages)


Selection criteria:

  • Scientific quality of proposed research
  • Novelty and creativity
  • Relevance and impact
  • Research output
  • Collaborations, networks, and outreach
  • Teaching and leadership
  • Mobility

To apply, please follow the guidelines in the application link below, where you will be asked to upload your documents as a single pdf file (max. 5 MB) before November 1st, 2020 (23:59 CET):




Questions about the session should be addressed to postdocsession@gmail.com.

If you are selected, your travel and accommodation fees will be paid by the LS2 organisation.


We are looking forward to your application and hope to welcome you in Geneva!


Yours sincerely,


Dr. Shalu Jhanwar, Dr. Eleonora Porcu, Dr. Mehdi Badaoui and Dr. Myra Chavez-Rosas Chairs of the PIs of Tomorrow session

Dr. Adela Calvente and Dr. Jessica Plucain Scientific Officers and Organizers of the LS2 Annual Meeting 2021 (info@ls2.ch)



K. Mika’s artwork was mentioned and featured on the Info FBM newsletter n°75 as well as published on the UNIL webpage “L’Actu”

«Je souhaite montrer que les scientifiques sont des gens comme les autres.»

Kaan Mika, doctorant au Centre intégratif de génomique, a été primé lors du Concours FNS d’images scientifiques 2020. Son cliché, qui défie la représentation habituelle du scientifique dans son labo, a remporté le premier prix de la catégorie « Les femmes et les hommes de la science ».

« Pêcheuse en labo ». Prise par Kaan Mika, cette photo est lauréate du Concours FNS d’images scientifiques 2020, catégorie « Les femmes et les hommes de la science ». Ce cliché présente les recherches en génétique de Norine Voisin, menées grâce à des poissons-zèbres.

Doctorant dans le groupe de Richard Benton (Centre intégratif de génomique, Faculté de biologie et de médecine), Kaan Mika est un passionné de communication scientifique. Pour sa première participation au Concours FNS d’images scientifiques, ce chercheur a remporté la palme dans la catégorie « Les femmes et les hommes de la science ». « Une catégorie qui semble avoir été créée pour moi, » s’amuse l’auteur, heureux d’avoir décroché un prix attribué par un jury de professionnels de la photographie. « En effet, je souhaite montrer que les scientifiques sont des gens comme les autres, accessibles. »

Le côté informel de l’image et l’absence de la traditionnelle blouse blanche sont donc intentionnels. « J’ai demandé à Norine Voisin de porter des habits colorés. Comme c’est une personne sociable, également très intéressée par la médiation scientifique et douée pour cela, le shooting a été un bon moment, » se souvient Kaan Mika, photographe amateur. Les deux chercheurs, qui sont des amis, travaillaient au même étage du Génopode, qui abrite le Centre intégratif de génomique de l’UNIL à Dorigny.

L’image gagnante fait partie d’une série, visible sur le compte instagram de Kaan Mika, @slice_of_science. On y voit Norine Voisin, dans son environnement de travail, s’occuper de « ses » poissons-zèbres, (…)

Article complet sur le site de L’Actu: https://news.unil.ch/display/1588237831508?utm_source=mailpoet&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=info-fbm-n73-13-decembre-2019_82

Article posté à propos du prix décerné par le SNSF: http://www.genomyx.ch/k-mikas-artwork-was-mentioned-and-featured-on-the-snsf-webpage-imaging-science/ 


Register now to the virtual meeting “Chromatin Club Switzerland” held on June 23, 2020 at 2pm

Chromatin Club Switzerland

The Chromatin Club Switzerland (CCCh) is a scientific event that aims to promote scientific exchange and to facilitate networking between students, postdocs, and PIs interested in chromatin research within Switzerland.

The event will have a broad scientific focus and we intend to bridge basic, applied, and translational epigenetics research. We will host multiple speakers working on the topics of epigenetics in disease research, ageing, immunology, metabolism, and related fields.

The CCCh is open to all labs within Switzerland and we encourage colleagues from both academia and industry to join the club.

Attendance is free of charge but registration is mandatory.

Event Details

Date: Tuesday, June 23rd, 2020

Time: 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm (CEST)

Keynote Speaker: Susan Gasser, Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research, Basel, CH

Confirmed Speakers:

  • David Suter, École Polytechnique Fédérale, Lausanne, CH
  • Silvia Monticelli, Istituto di Ricerca in Biomedicina, Bellinzona, CH
  • Guillaume Andrey, University of Geneva, CH
  • Sarantis Chlamydas, Active Motif Inc., Carlsbad, CA USA

Hosted By: Tuncay Baubec, University of Zurich, Peter Meister, University of Bern, and Matthias Spiller-Becker, Active Motif

A note from the organizers: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the required social distancing the CCCh will be held virtually, but the intention is to organize in-person meetings on a regular basis. There will be a Slack channel to accomodate long-term networking among CCCh members. You will receive a Zoom link for the upcoming Chromatin Club and a link to join the Slack channel after registering below.

Register Now:



CRISPR and Beyond: Perturbations at Scale to Understand Genomes – Virtual Conference, Sept. 23-25, 2020


The development of CRISPR/Cas-based technologies and DNA synthesis make it possible to modulate genomes with relative ease. These tools can help us understand how genetic variation influences phenotype and thereby answer long-standing questions in biology that impact human health, laying the foundations for precision medicine for heritable diseases and cancer treatment.
Join us at this virtual conference to explore approaches that modulate the genome and its context at scale, from single nucleotides and genes to hundreds of growth environments.

Topics will include:
  • Understanding impact of coding variants
  • Measuring consequences of non-coding variation
  • Genetic screens to ascertain function in cells and organisms
  • Base editing at scale
  • Gene editing and disease
  • Interactions with genes, drugs, and environment
  • Single-cell approaches
  • New technology for readouts and perturbations
If you’d like to join the conversation on Twitter about this year’s event, use the following hashtag:#CRISPR20
Abstract deadline

21 July 2020
Registration deadline
15 September 2020


>>> Register now <<<

John Doench
Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, USA

Jolanda van Leeuwen
University of Lausanne, Switzerland

Leopold Parts
Wellcome Sanger Institute, UK

Lea Starita
University of Washington, USA


Kenneth Baille
University of Edinburgh, UK

Kristen Brennand
Ichan School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, USA

Barak Cohen
Washington University School of Medicine, USA

Maitreya Dunham
University of Washington, USA

Tom Ellis
Imperial College London, UK

Matthew Garnett
Wellcome Sanger Institute, UK

Jay Hesselberth
University of Colorado School of Medicine, USA

Rory Johnson
University College Dublin, Ireland

Joanna Loizou
CeMM Research Center for Molecular Medicine, Austria

Nozomu Myachie
University of Tokyo, Japan

Sylvie Noordermeer
Leiden University Medical Centre, The Netherlands

Shondra Pruett-Miller
St Judes Children’s Research Hospital, USA

Lea Starita
University of Washington, USA

Wensheng Wei
Peking University, China


Life at the Génopode – reopening of the swifts’ nestboxes 🐥🐦

Somer parallels at the Genopode:

while the CIG progressively reopens for research, Stéphane Porchet helped by Alex Reymond reopened the 14 nestboxes for the swifts.

The nestboxes are routinely closed in early spring to avoid their squatting by the house sparrow as we wait for the return of the swifts from Africa in early May.

All the best to all of you in this restarting phase.