People Archive


Génopode’s 5th #HappyThursday – Thu. March 18, at 6:30p.m.

The social committee is proud to propose to the Genopode community an escape game!

Update your calendar and get your teammates to register too!

Registration link:


The RTS radio program CQFD interviewed Prof. A.Reymond about the Human genome sequencing, Feb. 12, 2021

Listen to the interview on the 20 years of the human genome’s map:


Congratulations to Liliane Michalik, new UNIL Vice-Rector from Aug. 2021 !

Prof. Liliane Michalik, Vice-Rector-elect. of the University of Lausanne

« Je me sens en phase avec le programme et les valeurs que Frédéric Herman défend », esquisse la biologiste, arrivée comme première assistante à l’UNIL en 1994. Elle deviendra maître assistante à l’Institut de biologie animale, qui sera intégré en 2003 au nouveau Centre intégratif de génomique (CIG). Liliane Michalik est alors MER, puis privat-docent en 2008 et professeure associée en 2018. Elle a aujourd’hui 55 ans.

Arrivée initialement pour une période de deux ans, elle a été séduite par l’UNIL au point de développer une triple carrière de chercheuse, d’enseignante et de cadre au service de l’institution. Nommée vice-directrice de l’École de biologie en 2011, elle en prend la tête en 2019 et apprécie particulièrement ce poste où elle travaille à élargir les horizons des futurs diplômées et diplômés : « Biologiste n’est pas en soi un métier, souligne-t-elle, mais un tremplin pour des carrières très diverses dans l’enseignement, la recherche académique, l’administration, l’édition, l’industrie pharmaceutique, ou encore la médiation scientifique… ».

Read the complete interview:


Congratulations to Sophie Croizier on her Cloëtta Medical Research position!

S.Croizier (previously Ambizione in BT’s lab) was awarded a Cloëtta funding of her position for 5 years as junior Group Leader at the CIG.
The CIG warmly congratulates her and wish her all the best in this new project!

Further information on the research S.Croizier will lead in her lab:

The overweight and obesity pandemics and associated diseases such as type 2 diabetes, are major public health concerns. Whereas a small proportion of obesity is explained by genetics, we are now facing a dramatic increase of cases of obesity inherent to environmental alteration. Among those, access to palatable food and daily anxiety play an indisputable role in the development of obesity, particularly in women. In this context, the prevalence of obese women of childbearing age dramatically increased. Alarmingly, epidemiological and rodent studies pointed out a role of the maternal environment alteration in the development of metabolic diseases in children and offspring. Surprisingly, while our knowledge on the control of feeding has largely expanded over the last decades, our anatomical and functional understanding of how alteration of maternal environment affects this behavior and leads to obesity remains elusive.

As the hypothalamus is a key region controlling feeding behaviors, we seek to further characterize the factors orchestrating the hypothalamic feeding-circuit wiring. The formation of functional neuronal networks relies on axon growth and synaptogenesis developmental processes mainly driven by members of four guidance protein families. In the laboratory, we are focusing our interests in identifying molecules underlying the excitatory and inhibitory synapse formation and plasticity on key hypothalamic neurons, and in deciphering how alteration of maternal environment impairs these developmental processes.

To accomplish this innovative research program, we employ cutting-edge techniques such as optogenetics, calcium imaging and super-resolution microscopy in parallel with physiological, behavioral and neurodevelopmental approaches.

Further information on the Max Cloëtta grants:


Welcome to Adnane!

Adnane Ben Amor has joined in March 2021 the CIG central services. His main tasks include providing support for the zebrafish service and prepare new solutions. He will also be involved in strenghtning the existing services.

With a technical background, Adnane started his career in the Swiss army to help managing laboratories’ stocks.
His interest in technology and challenges then drove him to work for 7 years in a microbiological laboratory for quality control. He was in charge of the the preparation of culture media, sterilization and decontamination.
His path also led him to temporary work at the central sterilization service of a Swiss hospital.
In his words: it is a real pleasure for him to join the CIG team and make his humble contribution to the great science done at the UNIL.

Le sourire embellit la journée et si malgré tout il ne se montre pas, il y a toujours le chocolat !


Congratulations and farewell Prof. Fanny Langlet!

Prof. Fanny Langlet, previously Ambizione fellow in Thorens’ lab, has started her own lab at the UNIL, as SNSF Assistant Professor in the new Department of Biomedical Sciences.

She will work on her ERC project entitled «Tanycyte/arcuate Neuron communications in the regulation of energy balance (TANGO)», from March 1st 2021 at the Department of Biomedical Sciences.

Her lab will seek to better understand the anatomical and functional interaction between tanycytes and the neuronal populations regulating food intake. They will be particularly interested in the heterogeneity of these interactions, in the molecular mechanisms underlying the dialogue between these two cell types, as well as in the functional disturbances induced by obesity on this system.