General information Archive


CIG new ordering system

The new ordering system is now in the testing phase and only open to the entire CIG. You can connect to it by following the instructions given in Laurian Walpen’s email (16.10.2018).

The goal here is for you to get acquainted with the new interface parallel to using the old/current system, and also give Laurian some feedback about your experience using the new system, as well as ideas or problems encountered. Please do test it without fear of breaking anything. Orders made on this system are dummy orders and will not be sent to suppliers. A short user guide will follow shortly.

Pease contact Laurian Walpen for any question you might have about this new ordering system.

Organization within the Génopode building

The SIB will move to the Amphipôle by the end of the year and more groups of the Department of Computational Biology will join the Génopode building.

For this reason, the 2nd floor needs to be adapted. The extension work is planned to start by the end of 2018.


CIG End of the year’s celebrations : Dec. 13, 2018 from 5pm in the Genopode’s hall

Save the date: Thursday December 13, 2018

Guests: CIG members only


  • 17:00 – 18:45: aperitif in the hall
    • Cocktail contest: may the best lab win
    • Studio photo: for the record!
    • Dress code (contest): hideous Christmas clothes
  • 19:00 – 22:00: dinner at the Gina ristorante (EPFL tube stop)
    • “Murder” mystery game: collaborate to solve the inquiry
    • Secret Santa’s presents – delivered by Santa himself
    • No seating arrangement
  •  22:00 – 23:00: cash bar


Please enter your email address on the following doodle: to indicate whether you will participate in the Aperitif, Dinner and/or Secret Santa.

Deadline for registration to the Aperitif, Dinner and Secret Santa: Thursday November 22, 2018 at midnight!



Feb 7-8, 2019 biology19 UNIZH

download biology19 flyer

Dear colleagues

As most of you should know, the next biology19 shall take place on 7/8 February at the University of Zurich Irchel. The web site just went on line: ( A corresponding flyer for distribution is attached. Please pass on this E-mail to all your interested colleagues for information and advertisement.

Abstract submission and registration will open in November and go until Christmas.

Best regards, and in the name of the organising committee,

Wolf Blanckenhorn

Evolutionary Biology & Environmental Studies

University of Zurich-Irchel
34 (building)-J (floor) – 26 (office)
Winterthurerstrasse 190
CH-8057 Zurich

Phone: +41 44 635.47.55


CIG central services’ new structure

The CIG has created a new support structure which aims at consolidating and widening its support to all groups at CIG.

The new structure, co-headed by Frederic Preitner and Nicole Vouilloz, includes the genotyping and phenotyping facilities, cell culture facility, the workshop and staff from the previously Mouse Metabolic Facility, which becomes now an internal service structure. the structure proposes:
1) scientific support to experimentation 
cell culture: preparation of cells, provision of a bank of cell lines;
histological analyses
genotyping of mice
clinical chemistry, hormone assays;
teaching/consulting in mice studies / breedings; specialized studies in mice, etc;
2) technical support
equipments maintenance and repairs at workshop the responsibility of the workshop is transferred to Guy Niederhauser (process for requests remains the same: )
support for standard bench experiments,
on-demand preparation of specific consumables, etc;
3) valorization of internal resources
Equipment management (purchases/replacements);
optimization of work fluxes among technical services;
communication/presentation of resources to researchers.
Note that the creation of this structure follows a decision by the Dean’s office that the MEF was to be considered as a CIG internal service (and not an FBM Core Facility)

Prof. Benton is the new Head of the Master in Molecular Life Sciences (MLS)

Link to the MLS website: