People Archive


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.



End of the year celebrations 2019 and awards

Thank you to all the persons who attended to and actively participated in the End of the year event !

More than 10 amazing groups took part to the dressing up contest, but it is the Genopode animal facility who received the award of the best group outfit. The neutral selection committee, constituted of the DBC PIs, also honored the remarkable effort made by the Black swan, the Spielberg’s, the Incredibles and the Adams’ family (CF) teams.


Two brilliant women also succeeded at working their list of 10 words in discussions at the dinner:
Linh from the van Leeuwen lab (1 list of 10 and 3 from a second list) and  Nina from the Franken lab (12 words cumulated from 2 lists).

The CIG warmly congratulates the winners of these contests and activities but we also want to distinguish all the CIG members who worked hard and collaborated to make and wear realistic colorful outfits. We hope all the participants will take part to it next year so the level of the competition will increase even further!

*** Pictures ***

Pictures can be uploaded and downloaded from the following shared switch drive file: 

Thank you to the photographers Liliane, Fabienne and Stéphanie for already sharing their pictures with all of us.




Welcome to Johanna !

I’m a postdoc in the Fankhauser lab where I am looking for genes that fine-tune phototropic responses of Arabidopsis seedlings to directional blue light. Before moving to Lausanne I lived in Edinburgh where I did my PhD with Andrew Millar on post-translational modifications in the plant circadian clock, and a postdoc with Karen Halliday on plant metabolism in phytochrome mutants.