People Archive


Welcome to Sébastien!

My name is Sébastien Chamois and I recently arrived in Lausanne after eight years as a student at Sorbonne University in Paris.

During these years, I developed a high interest for the study of gene expression and RNA regulation that motivated me to obtain a master’s degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology. I then joined, for my doctoral research, Dr Lionel Benard’s group (Paris) to study the degradation of altered mRNA by a cytoplasmic surveillance pathway (No Go Decay pathway) in Saccharomyces cerevisiae.  

I discovered that the same enthusiasm towards RNA biology was shared by the Gatfield’s group that I am now grateful to join as a postdoc. At the CIG, I will study natural ribosome pausing and its importance for gene expression.   


DBMV – Internal seminar

Dr Alessandra Boccaccini will give a seminar on Tuesday April 13, 2021 at 12:15 p.m
Neighbors detection and transcriptional reprogramming: what’s new?

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>>> Zoom-link to access the seminar <<<


Congratulations to B.Thorens on his Roger Assan prize !

Le Prix Roger Assan, doté d’une bourse de 10’000 €, récompense un·e clinicien·ne ou chercheur·euse de réputation internationale ayant effectué l’essentiel de sa carrière dans des pays francophones, et dont les travaux ont amené à des avancées majeures et ouvert de nouvelles voies dans la compréhension ou le traitement du diabète et des maladies métaboliques.

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Welcome to Ramya!

I did my undergraduate degree in engineering in Biotechnology at Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati in India. 
For my doctoral work, I joined Prof. Mukund Thattai at National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS), India to understand the billion-year-old origins of eukaryotic intracellular compartments. Here, I discovered the role of gene duplications and hybridization in this key evolutionary transition.

Diving deeper, I joined Prof. Michael Desai at Harvard to understand the effect of mutation rate on the dynamics and outcome of evolutionary processes. During this time, I read a phenomenal paper visualizing the transcriptional activity of key morphogens as the stripes were formed during drosophila development. This marked a turning point for me igniting my interest in transcriptional regulation and developmental biology.

Thus, I shifted my research focus and joined Vastenhouw lab as a postdoc. Here, I am working to understand the relationship between spatial organization of genes and their activity using live imaging techniques in early zebrafish embryos.


The RTS radio program CQFD interviewed Prof. C.Dessimoz and Dr N.Glover about computational biology and research on Genome, March 12, 2021

Listen to the interview on bio-informatics (computational biology):


Welcome to the new CIG Master students trainees!

3rd floor:
Artemiy Saukin – trainee in Roignant lab
Alec Auston – trainee in Roignant lab
Daniel Rodriguez – Gambetta lab
James Tan – Benton lab

4th floor:
Jade Nicolet – trainee in Van Leeuwen lab
Claire Paltenghi – trainee in Van Leeuwen lab
Maud Lagier – trainee in Fankhauser lab
Alexandre Dudt – trainee in Fankhauser lab