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UniGE-PhD recruitment program open – deadline April 3, 2017

A call for applications to the PhD programs of the Medical Faculty, University of Geneva, has opened. The application deadline is April the 3rd 2017.

PhD and MD-PhD positions will be available in several departments. Research topics include Neurosciences, Cell and Developmental biology, Infectious Diseases, Human Genetics, Immunology, Metabolism, Pharmacy, Cancer Biology, Computational Biology, Stem Cells and Transplantation

Further information and the site to apply can be found at

Geneva PhD school


P. Schumacher will participate in a public event about Arabidposis thaliana, Sat. Feb. 4, 2017, 4pm15, Palais de Rumine, Lausanne

L’arabette, le mécano génétique

Ce week-end les musées du palais de Rumine à Lausanne organisent un festival de films documentaires gratuits. Ils diffuseront notamment un documentaire sur Arabidopsis: cette même plante qui est étudiée dans le laboratoire de C. Fankhauser.

P. Schumacher interviendra à la suite de la diffusion et répondra aux questions du public.

Venez nombreux!

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Présenté par:  Paolo Schumacher, biologiste et doctorant à l’Université de Lausanne

L’arabette des dames est une plante quelconque, qui passe inaperçue pour la plupart d’entre nous. Pourtant, Arabidposis thaliana, comme l’appellent les scientifiques, est la plante la plus étudiée à travers le monde, y compris à l’Université de Lausanne, par notre intervenant Paolo Schumacher.


Palais de Rumine
Place de la Riponne 6
CH-1014 Lausanne

Sa 4 février, 16h15, salle du Sénat, 1er étage


Plant Synthetic Biology Symposium, March 9, 2017 – Aud. A, Génopode Building, UNIL

Plant Synthetic Biology Symposium

This one-day symposium is organised by a committee of postdocs (DBMV and CIG), and is aimed at scientists interested in synthetic biology and its current progress in plant biology. 

Four of the leading scientists in this field are confirmed and we designed a program that should promote not only a great learning experience, but also a quite unique opportunity to interact and discuss with the speakers.

Date: 9 March 2017

Venue: Auditorium A, Génopode Building (UniL Sorge)

Registration: Free, but registration is required (

Program and further info: 



B. Thorens was in CQFD program on the RTS radio, Friday Jan. 27, 2017

To listen to the interview: 

bernard thorens


Nat Commun.: auth.: C. Dessimoz

Nat Commun. 2017 Jan 24;8:14061. doi: 10.1038/ncomms14061.

Transient structural variations have strong effects on quantitative traits and reproductive isolation in fission yeast.


Large structural variations (SVs) within genomes are more challenging to identify than smaller genetic variants but may substantially contribute to phenotypic diversity and evolution. We analyse the effects of SVs on gene expression, quantitative traits and intrinsic reproductive isolation in the yeast Schizosaccharomyces pombe. We establish a high-quality curated catalogue of SVs in the genomes of a worldwide library of S. pombe strains, including duplications, deletions, inversions and translocations. We show that copy number variants (CNVs) show a variety of genetic signals consistent with rapid turnover. These transient CNVs produce stoichiometric effects on gene expression both within and outside the duplicated regions. CNVs make substantial contributions to quantitative traits, most notably intracellular amino acid concentrations, growth under stress and sugar utilization in winemaking, whereas rearrangements are strongly associated with reproductive isolation. Collectively, these findings have broad implications for evolution and for our understanding of quantitative traits including complex human diseases.

PMID: 28117401

Welcome to Anna Motterle


Anna Motterle is joining the CIG in the GTF in February 2017. She is standing in for Floriane during her maternity leave until the end of July 2017.

Welcome in the CIG!