People Archive

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Interviews of the CIG PIs: F.Preitner

Series of interviews were written to present each PI of the CIG.
Most of them are already available on the new CIG Report’s website, and every week we will be displaying one of them in the newsletter.

The Mouse Metabolic Facility (MEF)

Dr. Frédéric Preitner, Maître d’Enseignement et de Recherche, is Supervisor of the Mouse Metabolic Facility (MEF) from UNIL-CHUV, which provides customized services to researchers in both fundamental and medical research. To that end, a wide repertoire of in vivo techniques and blood assays to analyse the phenotype of mouse models for obesity and diabetes has been established, and new technologies are implemented as required for each individual project. In addition, the MEF staff provides scientific support during data generation and analysis, as well as in the form of teaching and consulting.
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Interviews of the CIG PIs: C.Dessimoz

Series of interviews were written to present each PI of the CIG.
Most of them are already available on the new CIG Report’s website, and every week we will be displaying one of them in the newsletter.

“What’s the difference between a Fiat and a Toyota?”

Comparative genomics provides answers

When asked how many non-viral genomes have been sequenced up to now, Prof. Christophe Dessimoz – head of the Computational Evolutionary Biology and Genomics group at the CIG – does not need to think very long: “Definitively in the range of several tens of thousands”. Indeed, as a result of major technological advantages in the field, genomic sequencing has been advancing at a pace only very few would have dared to predict some decades ago. This technological revolution has given an immense impetus to comparative genomics. Prof. Dessimoz and his team are at the forefront of integrative and comparative genomics, situated at the interface between biology and computer science. They are seeking connections between genes and genomes and trying to understand evolutionary relationships between organisms across the Tree of Life.

“From elephant to butyric acid bacterium – it is all the same”

Albert Jan Kluyver, Dutch biochemist (1926)

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Congratulation to Martina on her HFSP fellowship!

Martina Legris (group Fankhauser) who was already granted an EMBO and a Marie Curie fellowship, has recently received a HFSP long-term fellowship.
Our warmest congratulations to her!
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Welcome to J. van Leeuwen who joined the CIG in Apr. 2018

Jolanda van Leeuwen just joined the CIG as tenure-track Assistant Professor.

Further information: https://www.unil.ch/cig/en/home/menuinst/research/research-groups/prof-van-leeuwen.html 

Welcome to her!

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Welcome to Roxane Pasquettaz!

Roxane is a laboratory technician. After her studies, she worked at Covance (laboratory of clinical assay in phase 3) and then in the laboratories of Prof. Schoonjans and Auwerx at the EPFL during 2 years. She has now joined the Prof. Thorens’ laboratory and starts a new adventure with Fanny Langlet.

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Interviews of the CIG PIs: W.Herr

Series of interviews were written to present each PI of the CIG.
Most of them are already available on the new CIG Report’s website, and every week we will be displaying one of them in the newsletter.

Curiosity didn’t kill the cat

Transcriptional regulation by HCF-1

“What has always excited me is the concept of knowing something before anybody else does in the universe”says Prof. Winship Herr. From that perspective, he should probably be judged a happy man, and certainly someone who has chosen the right profession. Indeed, his experimental work on eukaryotic gene expression has led to important new insights in the field. But curiosity can be a stern teacher, operating with bizarre rules. It so happens that over the past years Prof. Herr’s research on HCF-1 – a transcriptional regulator involved in cell proliferation – has guided him into previously unexplored territories, such as metabolic pathologies and tumorigenesis.

“Biologists must constantly keep in mind that what they see was not designed, but rather evolved.”

Francis Crick (1916-2004)