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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.


K. Mika’s artwork was mentioned and featured on the SNSF webpage “imaging science”

Spectacular photographs, provocative videos and intimate stories shed new light on contemporary research.

The jury for this year’s SNSF Scientific Image Competition has awarded four first prizes and seven distinctions.
The prize in the “Women and men of science” category went to a portrait by Kaan Mika (Benton lab), a PhD student at the University of Lausanne, which is a “clear challenge to the usual representation of scientists in their lab”.

KM: “I enjoy sharing the beauty of science and making it accessible to the public through photography”, says winner Kaan Mika, a biologist and self-taught photographer. “I started doing portraits of my colleagues, not only to highlight the human aspect of research but also to give them a chance to explain what they’re actually doing in the lab.”

All the entries to the competition are available in an online gallery on Flickr. They can be used for non-commercial purposes and by the media provided the author is attributed (Creative Commons licence). The images will be on display at the Biel/Bienne Festival of Photography in 2021, as the 2020 edition has been postponed due to the efforts to combat the coronavirus. In the meantime, the prizewinning works will be exhibited by the Eye on Science association at the Zurich Film Festival from 24 September to 4 October 2020. The award ceremony will also be held there.

Full article:


Featured top right: a picture of N.Voisin when doing her PhD studies in A. Reymond’s lab (CIG)



Welcome to Amaury!

Hi everyone,

I’m Amaury, and I will be joining the bioinformatics group at the GTF for the next 6 months.
I completed my bachelor and masters in ecology and evolution in France. Then I did my PhD and a one-year postdoc with Michel Chapuisat, here at the UNIL where I worked on the genomic basis of queen number variation in ants.


Welcome to Chiara!

Hi everyone,

My name is Chiara and I will be starting my PhD in the Reymond and Kutalik labs in March 2020.

Before joining the Unil, I studied biology at the ETH Zürich, where I obtained my Bachelor degree in 2017 and my Master degree in 2019. During my Master, I worked on 4 different research projects at the EPFL and ETHZ before moving to Princeton University to complete my Master thesis in Coleen Murphy’s lab. There, I studied the role of novel Alzheimer’s disease genes in short-term memory, using C. elegans as a model organism.

During the next couple of years, I look forward to working on improving our understanding of natural genetic diversity and its impact on health and evolution.


Thesis defense of Pasquelena De Nittis, Friday Feb. 28, 2020 – 3:00 pm in Aud. B, Génopode

Elena De Nittis  will present her public thesis defense entitled: “Genetics of IDDCA syndrome”.
The presentation will be held in English and it will take place on Friday February 28th 2020 at 15h00 at Genopode building (UNIL), Auditorium B.
The defense will be followed by an apéro (starting around 16h00). Please fill in the following doodle to indicate your attendance:


Welcome to Albert !

My name is Albert Mestres and I am a Master student trainee in the Fajas’ lab for the spring semester 2020. I come from Barcelona where I am currently doing a Masters degree on Biomedical Metabolism and Endocrinology.

My work at the CIG is related to the action of the cell cycle regulator CDK4 in the control of metabolism. The project will be the continuation of the one done by Kelly, a previous Masters student of the lab.