People Archive


Welcome to Matteo!

Matteo Cornaglia obtained his MS degree in Nanotechnologies as a joint study agreement between Polytechnic University of Turin, Grenoble Institute of Technology and EPFL, with his Master’s thesis pursued as part of The Molecular Foundry at the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. He received his Ph.D. in Microsystems and Microelectronics from EPFL in 2015 and worked as a post-doc in Prof. Gijs’s lab, where he created innovative technological solutions for the automated culture and analysis of the model organism Caenorhabditis elegans. Matteo will now join Prof. Fajas’s group, with the goal of employing C. elegans-based screening technologies as novel powerful tool for research on developmental biology and metabolic diseases.



Welcome to Jonathan!

Hello everyone,

My name is Jonathan Magnenat, I’m 21 years old and live in a small village near Morges.

I come from a bicultural family; half Brazilian and half Swiss. This may explain my two main passions that are traveling and discovering new cultures. I’m a linguaphile.

You may see me in the corridors, as I’m the new admin apprentice at the CIG Direction. I’ll be among you for the next couple of years intending to learn from Julie Papet what involve being commercial and administration employee.

What else can I say?


Well, if I can help you for anything please ask, I’ll be glad to help you.



Congratulations to Eleonora !

Eleonora Porcu from the Reymond lab received the “Lodewijk Sandkuijl” award for best presentation by a young investigator in the field of complex disease genetics and statistical genetics at the European Society of Human Genetics congress that was held June 16-19, 2018 in Milan, Italy and regrouped more than 3700 human geneticists. She described a multi-instrument and multi-exposure Mendelian randomization method she established with Zoltan Kutalik from the IUMSP (Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine), Lausanne.

Congratulations to her!


Mendelian randomization combining GWAS and eQTL data reveals new loci, extensive pleiotropy and genetic determinants of complex and clinical traits:
Eleonora Porcu, S. Rueger, eQTLGen Consortium, F.A. Santoni, A. Reymond, Z. Kutalik; Lausanne, Switzerland


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.