People Archive


Interviews of the CIG PIs: A.Reymond

Series of interviews were written to present each PI of the CIG.
Most of them are already available on the new CIG Report’s website, and every week we will be displaying one of them in the newsletter.

“You come to Estonia?”

Copy number variants and autism spectrum disorder

 “I hope that I will remain original and be able to answer cool questions” answers Prof. Alexandre Reymond – in a rather pensive manner, after what seemed to be a long pause – when asked about his scientific dreams. And one cannot but conclude that the Gods of Science are offering him ample opportunities to do so.  Indeed, Prof. Reymond and his team are exploring a new field in human genomics: DNA copy number variants and complex disorders, such as autism spectrum disorder. Their research has lured them into previously unknown territory: primary cilia malfunction and ciliopathies.

«The ever-quickening advances of science made possible by the success of the Human Genome Project will also soon let us see the essence of mental disease. Only after we understand them at the genetic level can we rationally seek out appropriate therapies for such illnesses as schizophrenia and bipolar disease

James D. Watson


Welcome to Coralie!

Welcome to Coralie Carrascosa, who obtained both her bachelor and masters at the UNIL.
She has worked as a lab technician on breast cancer at the Isrec between 2008 and 2014, and from 2015 she has been working at the Ludwig center in immunology/oncology. She has now joined B. Desvergne‘s lab as lab technician. 



Interviews of the CIG PIs: P.Franken

Series of interviews were written to present each PI of the CIG.
Most of them are already available on the new CIG Report’s website, and every week we will be displaying one of them in the newsletter.

“Did you sleep well, last night?”

Unraveling the mechanisms that control sleep

We, humans, spend no less than one third of our lives sleeping. Apparently our brain needs to go periodically “off-line” and disconnect from reality during several hours a day in order to function properly. Indeed, the consequences of severe sleep deprivation are devastating and very soon lead to another state of lesser consciousness: death. Consequently, it is only legitimate to assume that sleep must serve some vital function(s). In search for answers, Prof. Paul Franken and his team are trying to unravel the mechanisms that control sleep.

“Dreaming permits each and every one of us to be quietly and safely insane every night of our lives.”

William C. Dement, founder of Stanford University’s Sleep Research Center


R.Clerc, our new PhD students and postdoctoral fellows’ career mentor at the CIG

Your Needs in Career Mentoring at CIG

You’re a graduate student or a postdoctoral fellow at CIG
You’re wondering what career mentoring and guidance counselling in academic research can provide to you
You’re wondering about your professional career next step while only a few PhDs end up in academic research as principal investigator
You need advice while negociating in stress situations
You want to broaden your professional network, being in academia, privately own research, start up or outside of biosciences research. 

We at CIG are convinced that career mentoring is today’s most efficient instrument dealing with the working world and we would like to set up such a guidance counselling function with your valuable input. While being actively participating to a career mentoring platform with the University of Basel Switzerland as a faculty member, Roger G Clerc will be collecting any suggestions from members at CIG pertinent to this new function. He will then set up in collaboration with the CIG management team and the graduate student representatives what we believe will be a real asset for the successful professional future/career of our graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Please let me know about your needs in career mentoring at CIG !

Roger G. Clerc PhD PD
CIG Room 3032   E-mail :


Interviews of the CIG PIs: L.Michalik

Series of interviews were written to present each PI of the CIG.
Most of them are already available on the new CIG Report’s website, and every week we will be displaying one of them in the newsletter.

“Can you sense it in the air?”

PPARs: ligand-activated transcriptional sensors

Already from the “very beginning”, Prof. Liliane Michalik found the research topic that will most probably stay with her for the major part of her scientific career: unraveling the mechanisms that guide transcriptional control by peroxisome proliferator-activated receptors, otherwise known as “PPARs”. Indeed, a remarkable family of fascinating proteins, functioning as molecular sensors – thereby interpreting a great number of environmental cues – that play a fundamental role in a multitude of cellular processes. Prof. Michalik and her team are focusing on the function of PPARs during skin response to environmental insults, such as mechanical injuries and ultraviolet rays.

” Beauty, to me, is about being comfortable in your own skin. That, or a kick-ass red lipstick.”

Gwyneth Paltrow


Farewell Gilles!

Chères et chers collègues,

Je vous remercie de tout coeur pour votre générosité, vos cadeaux, pour vos messages si gentils et pleins de mots doux.

Oui, moins facile de partir que selon mes prévisions, mais  je garderai un très bon souvenir de nos collaborations et des multiples défis que vous m’avez soumis, des discussions,  des rencontres dans les couloirs du CIG les labos et les coins café.

Je  suis content d’avoir pu faire avancer un peu le schmilblik, d’avoir pu vous aider à résoudre certains de vos problèmes techniques,

Content de vous avoir cotoyé pendant toutes ces années  et lié des amitiés avec beaucoup d’entre vous,

Je vous souhaite un avenir radieux.


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Dear colleagues,

I thank you wholeheartedly for your generosity, your gifts, for your so kind messages and full of sweet words.

Yes, it was less easy to leave than in my predictions, but I will keep a very good memory of our collaborations and the multiple challenges that you submitted to me, discussions, meetings in the corridors of the CIG, labs and coffee corners.

I’m happy to have been able to advance the “schmilblik” a little bit, to have been able to help you solving some of your technical problems,

Glad to have been beside you all these years and bound friendships with many of you,

I wish you a bright future.


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