Seminars & Workshops Archive


13-14 Feb. 2020: LS2 Annual Meeting 2020, Zurich “PIs of Tomorrow: The Future of Swiss Research”

We are pleased to announce the call for applications to the “PIs of tomorrow: The Future of Swiss Research” session at the next LS2 Annual Meeting 2020, taking place in Zurich, 13-14 February. This session offers postdocs interested in following an academic career the opportunity to present a plenary talk similar in format to a professorship interview seminar. Selected participants will have the chance to get a slot for a 15-minute presentation, which should appeal to a broad audience and in which both the achievements accomplished and the proposed future research are to be explained. The talk will be followed by an open discussion on various aspects of the proposed activity, as well as on career-oriented perspectives of the presenter. A knowledgeable jury panel of professors will evaluate the presentations.

The best presentation will be awarded a prize. However, everyone is a winner, as all presenters in the session will receive feedback from the jury in a one-on-one private session afterwards. Please, find all the information about the last PIs of tomorrow 2019 at The 2020 edition and call will be published in August under the same link.

As a participant in the FEBS3+ LS2 Annual Meeting 2020, you will have the opportunity to interact with scientists in and outside your field, and to expand or refresh your network not only in Switzerland, but also in Germany and Austria since, for the first time next year, we are welcoming the German Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (GBM) and the Austrian Association of Molecular Life Sciences and Biotechnology (ÖGMBT) as co-organizing societies. Of course, you will also enjoy a two-day meeting in the beautiful city of Zurich! If you are selected, your travel and accommodation fees will be paid by the LS2 organisation.

The following documents are required for the application:

  1. Cover letter highlighting your interest and eligibility (1 page)
  2. Research statement including past work and future research plans with their scientific impact and significance (max. 300 words)
  3. CV with a publication list (max. 2 pages)

Only applicants having ties to Switzerland will be considered (i.e. Swiss citizenship, Swiss residency, past or on-going affiliation with a Swiss institution of at least two years by the 2020 meeting).

Selection criteria:

  • Scientific quality of proposed research;
  •  Novelty and creativity;
  • Relevance and impact;
  • Research output;
  • Collaborations, networks and outreach;
  • Teaching and leadership;
  • Mobility

To apply, please follow the guidelines in the application link below, where you will be asked to upload your documents in a single pdf file (max. 5 MB):

Applications must be received by November 1st, 2019.

Questions to the session should be addressed to

We are looking forward to your application and hope to welcome you in Zurich!

Yours sincerely,

Dr. Elisa Araldi (ETHZ), Dr. Sophia Verouti (UNIBE), Dr. Nabil Hanna (UNIGE), and Dr. Shalu Jhanwar (UNIBAS), Chairs of the PIs of tomorrow 2020

Dr. Carolin von Schoultz and Dr. Elena Cardenal (, LS2 Scientific Officers and organizers of the FEBS3+ LS2 Annual Meeting 2020


Prof. Béatrice Desvergne’s farewell lecture, Sept. 6, 2019 – at 16:30, Aud. C

Professeur ordinaire à la Faculté de biologie et de médecine de l’UNIL de 2008 à 2019


Sebastian Kurscheid, The Australian National University (AU), will give a seminar Aud. A, July 2 at 12h15pm

TAD cliques shape the 4-dimensional genome during terminal differentiation” 

Tuesday July 2nd, 12:15, Genopode, auditorium A


Genomic information is selectively used to direct spatial and temporal gene expression during differentiation. Interactions between topologically associated domains (TADs) and between chromatin and the nuclear lamina organize and position chromosomes in the nucleus. However, how these genomic organizers together shape genome architecture is unclear. Using a dual-lineage differentiation system, we report here long-range TAD-TAD interactions forming dynamic constitutive and variable TAD cliques. A differentiation-coupled relationship between TAD cliques and lamina-associated domains suggests that TAD cliques stabilize heterochromatin at the nuclear periphery. We also provide evidence of dynamic TAD cliques during mouse embryonic stem cell differentiation and somatic cell reprogramming, and of inter-TAD associations in single-cell Hi-C data. TAD cliques represent a new level of 4-dimensional genome conformation reinforcing the silencing of repressed developmental genes.


Trey Ideker will give a seminar – 4:30p.m. in Aud. A Génopode on July 16, 2019

DBC seminar

Dr. Trey Ideker , Professor of Medicine at UC San Diego on July 16th, at 4:30p.m. 


More about Trey Ideker (UC San Diego)


 Title: “Interpreting the cancer genome through physical and functional models of the cancer cell” 

 Date : Tuesday July 16th – 16h30

Location: Auditoire A – Génopode


Abstract of the talk: 

Recently we and other laboratories have launched the Cancer Cell Map Initiative ( and have been building momentum. The goal of the CCMI is to produce a complete map of the gene and protein wiring diagram of a cancer cell. We and others believe this map, currently missing, will be a critical component of any future system to decode a patient’s cancer genome. I will describe efforts along several lines: 1. Coalition building. We have made notable progress in building a coalition of institutions to generate the data, as well as to develop the computational methodology required to build and use the maps. 2. Development of technology for mapping gene-gene interactions rapidly using the CRISPR system. 3. Causal network maps connecting DNA mutations (somatic and germline, coding and noncoding) to the cancer events they induce downstream. 4. Development of software and database technology to visualize and store cancer cell maps. 5. A machine learning system for integrating the above data to create multi-scale models of cancer cells. In a recent paper by Ma et al., we have shown how a hierarchical map of cell structure can be embedded with a deep neural network, so that the model is able to accurately simulate the effect of mutations in genotype on the cellular phenotype.


Thesis defense of Khanh Bao Trang, July 11, 2019 – 4:00 pm in Aud. A, Génopode

Khanh Bao Trang will present her public thesis defense entitled: ”Circadian modulation of genome-wide RXR binding in mouse liver tissue ”.

The presentation will take place on Thursday July 11th at 4pm in Auditorium A, Génopode building, UNIL-Sorge.


Thesis defense of Christopher Dumayne, July 5, 2019 – 3:00 pm in Aud. B, Génopode

Christopher Dumayne will present his public thesis defense entitled: ”Klf6, a novel regulator of ß-cell mass, insulin secretion, and identity”.

The presentation will take place on Friday July 5th at 3pm in Auditorium B, Génopode building, UNIL-Sorge.

The presentation will be followed by an aperitif.