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Welcome (back) to Nastassia !

Nastassia Gobet finished her Bachelor in biochemistry at the University of Geneva in 2016. She obtained her master in Molecular Life Science with a specialization in bioinformatics. She did her first-step project in Winship Herr’s lab where she searched for mutations in HCF-1 associated with cancer using RNA-sequencing data from public database, under the supervision of Viviane Praz. For her master project, she worked on a novel method to measure instability of disease-causing trinucleotide repeats under the supervision of Vincent Dion. In June 2018, she started a PHD between Vital-IT group and Paul Franken’s lab where she is studying sleep regulation using a systems bioinformatics approach.


Welcome to Andreia!

My name is Andreia Dos Santos Lopes and I’m from Portugal. I got a Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry from the University of Coimbra, one of the 10 oldest universities in the world. Then I got a Master’s in Clinical Biochemistry at the University of Aveiro. My Master’s project focused on a rare disease- Congenital Erythrocytosis- and it was developed at the Haematology Department of the Hospital Center of Coimbra. Last April, I finished an internship at the UMC Utrecht (Netherlands) also in the Congenital Erythrocytosis area. I’m now joining the van Leeuwen lab as PhD student.


Welcome to Alan!

Alan Lihic is a Master student at the Unil in medical biology. He is doing a Master thesis in Prof. Thorens’s group, under the supervision of Ms. Clara Roujeau on glucose-stimulated insulin secretion in pancreatic beta cells.


Interview of the CIG’s PhD students

Doing a postdoc at the CIG

Interview with two postdocs

Laura Steinbusch and Shilpi Minocha (from left to right)
So, there you are, having successfully finished your PhD training in the Biological Sciences and nobody can prevent you from certifying yourself as a qualified scientist and putting “Dr.” in front of your name whenever you deem fit. And it smells of more. The darn sad moments at the bench when nothing seemed to work and your negative control experiment did not exactly come out as negative as you had anticipated – or to be more exact: as you’ve hoped for – have been completely wiped out of your memory and are replaced by joyful recollections of an endless row of scientific successes. So, the next step to eternal fame is to go for a postdoc. But what does it mean to do a postdoc at the CIG? Let’s ask Shilpi Minocha and Laura Steinbusch.

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Congratulations to W. Herr who was named Prof. Emeritus from Aug. 1, 2018

Twelve professors from the Faculty of Biology and Medicine were named Professors Emeritus at the University of Lausanne from the 1st of Aug. 2018.

Their career and personality left their mark on the FBM. 

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(Top left to bottom right: Lazare Benaroyo, Jacques Besson, Bernard Burnand, Michel Burnier, Gian Dorta, Winship Herr, Pierre Magistretti, Pascal Meylan, Michel Monod, Nicolas Perrin, Laurent Schild et François Vingerhoets)
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Interviews of the CIG’s PhD students

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

Doing a PhD at the CIG

Olivier Michaud and Kaan Mika (from left to right)
So, there you are, having obtained your Master’s degree in the Biological Sciences, allowing you to authenticate yourself as “Biologist” whenever that turns out to be necessary or simply seems advantageous, given the situation. What next? Doing a PhD as a first step towards a magnificent career in science? It is tempting: you’ll do research that no one has ever done before – making a unique contribution to the sum of human knowledge – and be rewarded with the prestigious qualification of Philosophiae Doctor, authorizing you as a specialist in the field of the natural sciences and philosophy, mind you. But if you decide to start a PhD, better prepare yourself for a stage in your life where overwhelming enthusiasm and merciless disillusion can be dangerously close to one another. Not a few beginning PhD students – following their first experimental success at the bench – have pictured themselves at some podium in Stockholm in close proximity of the Swedish king…only to find out, a few days later, that another research team has already published the same stuff. What does it mean to do a PhD at the CIG? Let’s ask Kaan Mika and Olivier Michaud.

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