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Oct 11, 2016 Student (and postdoc) workshop on Developmental Biology and Genetics in Geneva

Dear colleague

It is my pleasure to announce the Student (and postdoc) workshop on Developmental Biology and Genetics taking place on the 11 October 2016 at the Foundation Louis Jeantet in Geneva

The workshop is mainly organised for Master and PhD students, but we will consider applications from postdocs if the course is not full.

Two outstanding plenary speakers (see flyer) will give you an overview of the field of Developmental Biology and you will have the opportunity to share your own research with the other attendees. Please note that abstract submission is mandatory and be ready to speak about your work in a short presentation. The goal of this workshop is to exchange ideas, speak about problems and find solutions for them in an informal frame, and as preparatory workshop for the Jeantet Symposium taking place on the 12 October 2016.

Now the best for last: this workshop is entirely free, meaning that accommodation, travel and food will be offered by LS2 and the Jeantet foundation, and you will even have the possibility to gain credit points by attending.


Please note that the number of participants is limited to 30 people.

Registration deadline is 30 September 2016

Please register and find more information here:

We are looking forward to seeing you in Geneva in October.


Feel free to forward the information to anyone who might be interested in the topic and the workshop.

Best wishes,

Anna and Costanza


Scientific officer
LS2 (Life Sciences Switzerland)
Université de Genève
Département de Biochimie
Sciences II – Bureau 446
Quai Ernest-Ansermet 30
CH-1211 Genève 4
Phone 022 379 34 27


Fri May 20, 2016 Integrative Experimental and Computational Biology Program Student Symposium


Friday May 20
Genopode Auditorium A




14h00-14h25 – Maria Nicla Loviglio (A. Reymond Group): The genetic landscape of the 16p11.2 locus

14h25-14h50 – Bin Yang (Dion Group): Do chromatin modifying enzymes work locally at the repeat tract to affect trinucleotide repeat instability?

14h50-15h15 – Maxime Jan (Xenarios Group/Franken Group): Systems genetics of sleep: mine, explore, select

15h15-15h45 – Coffee break

15h45-16h10 – Franziska Gruhl (Kaessmann Group): Identification, characteristics and evolution of mammalian circular RNAs

16h10-16h35 – Trestan Pillonel (Greub Group): Bacterial genome sequencing in clinical microbiology

16h35-17h10 – Tiziana Caputo (Desvergne Group): Dissecting the impact of epigenetics on the onset of obesity-related inflammation in white adipose tissue

17h10-17h35 – Leonor Rib (Herr Group): Transcriptional responses in the mouse liver: Integrating experimental and computational approaches


Génopode retreat 2012: best poster prizes

This year, two best poster prizes were given:

1st Prize to Mariano Schiffrin, PhD student in Béatrice Desvergne’s lab, for his poster: Gender Dimophism of fatty liver disease

and the 2nd Prize to Tanja Bhuiyan, PhD student in Winship Herr’s lab, for her poster:
OGT-mediated proteolytic maturation of the epigenetic factor HCF-1


Feb 6-10, 2012: Doctoral program StarOmics/SIB course “Advanced statistics: Statistical modeling”

Dear all,

We are pleased to announce a new SIB course:

“Advanced statistics: Statistical modeling”

which will take place during the week of 6-10 February 2012.

This course will be centered on “statistical modeling” applied to biological problems, and we plan to discuss the following topics: advanced linear models, mixed models, generalized linear models, classification, and a short introduction to Bayesian statistics. The emphasis will be put on concrete applications in biology.

It is assumed that participants will have a level equivalent to the course “Introduction to statistics for biologists” that was organized in January 2011 in Geneva (, and this course will build up on the content of the introductory course. In particular, prior knowledge of the “R” language and environment for statistical computing and graphics is required.

Registration is now open (see also:

The list of all SIB courses is available from the SIB website at:

For the organizers,

Frédéric Schütz

courses mailing list


StarOmics doctoral program for PhD students: 2012 program online

StarOmics, a doctoral program dedicated to train biologists in the analysis of large-scale biological data, is happy to invite you to visit the website as the program 2012 is now online!

Next generation biologists will face challenges in their everyday tasks both in terms of integrating quantitative aspects and reasoning using the novel strategies of the modern biology.

The StarOmics (or *omics) doctoral program ( intends to create a network of PhD students and professionals involved in any project related to Genomics, Transcriptomics, Proteomics, Metabolomics, Connectomics, and all other large scale data-generating technologies.

Students of this program will be offered training, workshops, and seminars in genome-wide and proteome-wide data analysis, biological modeling, quantitative image analysis, programming and statistics, in addition to their thorough education in experimental biology, through a didactic program that complements both their individual research topic and background. In addition several events will be organized (annual retreat, mini-symposia, soft skills courses), which besides their didactic value will also favor networking among the students and professors either within this program or jointly with the federation of doctoral programs of the CUSO (Ecology & Evolution, Plant Sciences, and Microbiology).

PhD students of this program will become conversant in both experimental and computational approaches, and will acquire the ability to integrate quantitative and experimental methods in their own research. Graduates from this program will have unprecedented scientific competence to permit them to become future leaders in biological research and beyond.

The students will not receive ECTS credits from the StarOmics doctoral program, but an attestation to get ECTS credits in their own university.

What are the benefits?
– a large offer of courses and workshops renewed every yearsee current list here:
– a network of colleagues
– a series of soft skills courses (how to present slides, how to write an article, how to write a grant…)
– no ECTS counting (but certificate to reclaim ECTS at you own University)
– substantial reimbursement of travel and accommodation expenses.

What are the requirements?
The participants of the program will be asked to register for a certain number of activities over the 3-year period of the program. Several activities could be offered twice or more over the period in various locations, giving the students some flexibility. To get a certificate from StarOmics, the minimal requirements is equivalent to 12 ECTS credits spread over at least one each of the activity types below. The ideal list would be:

2 annual retreats
3 practical courses
6 workshops
1 joint seminar presentation
2 minisymposiums
2 soft skills training

Who can register?
Any PhD student in Western Switzerland Universities (Bern, Fribourg, Geneva, Lausanne, Neuchâtel) with a project using technologies of high throughput or large scale data generation. They must be in the first year of their thesis.

How to register?
a) Please fill in this form:
Don’t forget to mention any other doctoral program you are already part of or intend to join.
b) Send us your CV at

For any question please contact the coordinator of the program:
Corinne Dentan
Coordinator of StarOmics
Center for Integrative Genomics
Génopode Building
University of Lausanne
CH-1015 Lausanne
Phone: 021 692 39 30

We wish you all a brilliant year 2012 and hope to meet you in the StarOmics activities!

The coordination committee members



Mon Jan 31, 2011 : Sem. D.Frendewey GEN


January 31st, 2011, 10AM
Room 4026
David Frendewey, PhD
Sr. Director, Targeted ES Cell Production
Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Tarrytown, New York, USA

“Knockout Mouse Technology for Drug Discovery and Large-Scale International Projects”

Host: Nouria Hernandez

Talk and discussion with students and post-docs

Room 4026