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Welcome to Maria!

Hello everyone! 🙂
I’m Maria Guillen Angel, I was born and raised in Sevilla (Spain) where I did my bachelor’s in Biotechnology. During my bachelor’s, I did an Erasmus in Paris. I moved next to Barcelona to do my master’s.

For my master’s thesis, I studied the influence of double-stranded RNA on mutation outcome in C. elegans in Dr. B. Lehner’s group (CRG). I also had the chance to do a minor project in CRG, in Dr. E. Novoa’s group where I study the epitranscriptomics of Xist. Since I am really interested in RNA biology, I decided to apply for the predoc fellowship of NCCR. I’m starting my two first rotations here in UNIL at Roignant’s and Gatfield’s groups to study the role of dihydrouridine synthase in D. melanogaster as well as its effects on circadian rhythmicity. 

In my free time, I like hiking, swimming, playing volleyball, and going to art events. 

See you around! 🙂 


Welcome to Vishwaja!

Vishwaja obtained her Bachelor and Master degrees in Cell and Molecular Biology from the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda in India in 2018.

She carried out her master’s thesis in Dr. Ravi Muddashetty’s group at the Institute of Stem Cell Science and Regenerative Medicine (inStem), Bangalore, where she investigated the mechanism of miRISC mediated translation repression in rodent neurons. Vishwaja continued as a Research Fellow with Dr. Muddashetty, working on neurodegeneration and neuronal activity mediated regulation of protein synthesis using human stem cells and rodent primary cell models, before joining the German side of the Roignant lab in November 2020. She will be visiting the CIG in the first quarter of 2022.

She wishes to understand the impact of RNA modifications on neurodegenerative diseases using Drosophila as model organism.


A. Leboeuf (ex-Benton lab) was in “Le Temps” magazine regarding her research on ants’ communication, Jan. 2022

Adria Leboeuf: «J’aimerais que les sciences fassent partie de notre imaginaire collectif»

Dans son laboratoire de l’Université de Fribourg, la chercheuse américaine Adria Leboeuf étudie la manière dont les fourmis communiquent en échangeant des fluides par la bouche. Elle met aussi ces petits organismes en scène, pour mieux faire connaître son travail.

Lire l’article complet sur Swissdox:


DBMV – Internal seminar, Tue. Jan. 11, 2022 at 12:15 P.M.

Ganesh Mahadeo Nawkar will give a seminar on Tuesday January 11, 2022 at 12:15 P.M. in the Biophore Auditorium.

Hypocotyl optics regulate directional growth towards light


Congratulations to Dorian Ziegler (LF) on his Bettencourt prize for young researchers!

The CIG is proud to inform you that Dr Dorian Ziegler received in Dec. 2021 the Bettencourt prize for young researchers.

Read the presentation of Dr Ziegler:

Dorian ZIEGLER – Postdoctoral Researcher – Center for Integrative Genomics  (CIG) - UNIL | LinkedIn

Launched in 1990, this prize is one of the Bettencourt Schueller Foundation’s first initiatives. It is awarded annually to 14 young doctors of science or medical doctors to enable them to do their postdoctoral internships in the best foreign laboratories.

To date, 279 young researchers have been awarded this prize worth €25,000.
In 2014, the rules for the Young Researchers Bettencourt Prize were amended to strengthen the selection criteria and give special attention to applying medical researchers.


Les givrées du Génopode

We started with 4 people in September and now at Christmas time we are 8 who are going every week into the lake … and yes we are enjoying it :o)

The “givrées du Génopode” wish you a Happy Holiday Season !