Nat Commun.: auth.: group Reymond

Nat Commun. 2021 Sep 24;12(1):5647. doi: 10.1038/s41467-021-25805-y.
Differentially expressed genes reflect disease-induced rather than disease-causing changes in the transcriptome
Eleonora Porcu 1 2 3, Marie C Sadler 4 5, Kaido Lepik 6 7, Chiara Auwerx 8 4 5, Andrew R Wood 9, Antoine Weihs 10, Maroun S Bou Sleiman 11, Diogo M Ribeiro 4 12, Stefania Bandinelli 13, Toshiko Tanaka 14, Matthias Nauck 15 16, Uwe Völker 16 17, Olivier Delaneau 4 12, Andres Metspalu 18, Alexander Teumer 16 19, Timothy Frayling 20, Federico A Santoni 21, Alexandre Reymond 8, Zoltán Kutalik 4 5 9 12
Comparing transcript levels between healthy and diseased individuals allows the identification of differentially expressed genes, which … Read more.


Elife.: auth.: group Gatfield

Elife. 2021 Sep 20;10:e67991. doi: 10.7554/eLife.67991.
Circular RNA repertoires are associated with evolutionarily young transposable elements
Franziska Gruhl 1, Peggy Janich 1, Henrik Kaessmann 2, David Gatfield 1
Circular RNAs (circRNAs) are found across eukaryotes and can function in post-transcriptional gene regulation. Their biogenesis through a circle-forming backsplicing reaction is facilitated by reverse-complementary repetitive sequences promoting pre-mRNA folding. Orthologous genes from which circRNAs arise, overall … Read more.


Annu Rev Genet.: auth.: Groups Benton & Auer

Annu Rev Genet. 2021 Sep 16. doi: 10.1146/annurev-genet-071719-020719.
Drosophila sechellia: A Genetic Model for Behavioral Evolution and Neuroecology
Thomas O Auer 1, Michael P Shahandeh 1, Richard Benton 1
Defining the mechanisms by which animals adapt to their ecological niche is an important problem bridging evolution, genetics, and neurobiology. We review the establishment of a powerful genetic model for comparative behavioral analysis and … Read more.


Congratulations to Violeta Castelo Szekely on her Prof. H.A. Guénin award !

Dr Violeta Castelo Szekely finally received her H. Guenin prize, awarded to her in June 2020. This prize is intended to reward a PhD student who stood out for the excellence of his/her diploma work and thesis in animal biology. The next Guenin prize will be awarded during the CIG Symposium 2022 at the Genopode. Further information on the ceremony …

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General information

Language exchange, food, drinks and fun will be provided.

Wednesday 29th of September, from 17h00 (late arrival possible)

On the Vidy beach

>>>register here! <<<


Journée Osez tous les Métiers (JOM) 2021 at the Génopode - Deadline 04.10.2021

If your child goes to school in the canton of Vaud, within the 7 to 9 year, the "Journée Oser tous les Métiers" concerns you.
It will be organized November 11, 2021. Commun activities can be organized if enough persons are interested. 
Please answer the following doodle by Oct. 4, 2021 to register your child to CIG activities: link

CIG Seminars

Next CIG Seminar: Monday October 11, 2021

Schraga Schwartz, Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehvot, Israel
«When the heat is up, turn on the Ac(4c)»

Host: Jean-Yves Roignant 

>>> click here to see the complete program<<<


Registration open to Skills for Scientists courses Autumn/Winter 2021

Registration is now open to the Skills for Scientists courses that will be offered in the Autumn/Winter 2021.

In addition to the courses on the above link, we will also be organising a virtual visit of the Covance laboratories in collaboration with … Read more.


Congratulations to several Genopode members on their participation to the Lausanne 10 & 20km run!

Shivali Dongre, Mariona Lopez Gil, Julie Papet and Zoltan Kutalik ran the Lausanne 10km run last Sep. 25, 2021.
The following day, Jean Yves Roignant and Hann Ng ran the Lausanne 20km run.
More pictures of the run are available here: link 

The CIG social committee is working on organizing more "sportive" events for the Genopode members who … Read more.

Open positions

Principal Investigator positions

Assistant Professor position available at the ETH, Zurich (CH)
eadline 31.10.2021

A new faculty position at the Assistant Professor level is available in the Department of Biology, Institute of Biochemistry, at ETH. 
The Department of Biology of ETH Zurich invites applications for the above-​mentioned position at the Institute of Biochemistry located at the ETH Zurich Hoenggerberg campus. Applicants should have an excellent track record at the interfaces of biophysics and material science with …

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Tenure-Track Assistant Professor Position in "Spatially Resolved Multidimensional Transcriptomics”, UNIBE (CH)
Deadline 30.09.2021

The NCCR RNA & Disease and the Institute of Pathology at the University of Bern have created a Tenure-Track Assistant Professor Position in "Spatially Resolved Multidimensional Transcriptomics”, which interested candidates can now apply for:  ... Read more.


Chronobiology Lectureship position at the University of Surrey, Guildford (UK)
Deadline 29.09.2021

LECTURER (B) IN CHRONOBIOLOGY The University of Surrey is an international university with a world-class teaching and research profile, and an enterprising spirit. Inventive and forward thinking, our heritage shows a recurring theme of doing things differently – and achieving notable results. For example, we have won four Queen’s Anniversary Prizes and were awarded Gold for our Teaching Excellence Framework … Read more.

PhD Studentships

20 Fully funded PhD studentships in Quantitative Biology

20 PhD studentships in Quantitative Biology open at the UNIL - Deadline 15.10.2021

The advent of large-throughput data is transforming life sciences into an increasingly quantitative discipline.
The University of Lausanne (Switzerland) is at the forefront of this revolution, with quantitative research ramping up throughout the Faculty of Biology and Medicine, a dedicated department of Computational Biology, and interdisciplinary units such as the Center for Integrative Genomics. … Read more.


PhD students positions available for candidates interested in dissecting the molecular, chemical and physical properties that characterize bio-molecular interactions, IMPRS, Dortmund, Bochum or Essen (DE)

The International Max Planck Research School for Living Matter (IMPRS-LM), formerly known as IMPRS in Chemical and Molecular Biology (IMPRS-CMB), is looking for talented and motivated PhD candidates of all nationalities with a background in MOLECULAR and CELL BIOLOGY, BIOCHEMISTRY, BIOPHYSICS, APPLIED and THEORETICAL PHYSICS, CHEMICAL BIOLOGY, STRUCTURAL BIOLOGY, SYSTEMS BIOLOGY and related fields. Further information :


InnoTREK: a financial support to create your start-up - Deadline 03.10.2021

You are a UNIL-CHUV researcher who would like to create a start-up and need a financial support to start? Apply for a one-year grant of CHF 100’000.- to launch your UNIL-CHUV spin-off !Twice a year, PACTT is calling for start-up projects in order to award the InnoTREK grant. As part of the InnoPACTT financial support, the InnoTREK grant is designed to accelerate innovation and …

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LS2 "PIs of Tomorrow" - Applications deadline: 30.09.2021

“PIs of tomorrow: The Future of Swiss Research” session at the next LS2 Annual Meeting 2022 which will be held in Geneva, 17-18 February 2022.
This session offers postdocs interested in an academic career an 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 … Read more.