CIG NEWS Archive


Mon January 31, 2022 CIG Sem. R. Loewith

CIG Seminars Spring 2022

Monday 12:15, Génopode, auditorium B

Free entrance

Monday January 31, 2022 (hybrid: presence with pass + online)
Robbie Loewith, University of Geneva, CH
Host: Aleksandar Vjestica


CIG Seminars Spring 2022 Program

CIG Seminars Spring 2022

Monday 12:15, Génopode, auditorium B

Free entrance

Monday January 17, 2022 (ONLINE)
Paola Picotti, ETHZ, CH
Host: Richard Benton

Monday January 24, 2022 (ONLINE)
Gaëlle Legube, CNRS-University of Toulouse, FR
Host: Maria C. Gambetta

Monday January 31, 2022 (hybrid: presence with pass + online)
Robbie Loewith, University of Geneva, CH
Host: Aleksandar Vjestica

Monday February 14, 2022
Laurent Le Cam, IRCM Montpellier, FR
Host: Lluis Fajas

Monday February 21, 2022 (ONLINE)
Angela Hay, Max-Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research, DE
Host: Sebastian Soyk

Monday February 28, 2022
David Gatfield, CIG, University of Lausanne, CH
Host: Alexandre Reymond

Monday March 14, 2022
Benedetta Bolognesi, Centre for Genomic Regulation, Barcelona, ES
Host: Jolanda van Leeuwen

Monday March 28, 2022 (ONLINE)
Melina Schuh, Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, DE
Host: Aleksandar Vjestica

Monday April 11, 2022
Michaela Frye, DKFZ, Heidelberg, DE
Host: Jean-Yves Roignant

Monday April 25, 2022
Benjamin Prud’homme, IBDM-UMR 7288, Marseille, France
Host: Thomas Auer

Monday May 9, 2022
Tony Nolan, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, UK
Host: Thomas Auer

Monday May 23, 2022
Alexander Schier, University of Basel, CH
Host: Richard Benton

Monday June 20, 2022
René Ketting, IMB Mainz, DE
Hosts: PhD students & Postdocs

Monday June 27, 2022
Stephen Goodwin, University of Oxford, UK
Host: Thomas Auer


BIG SEMINARS 2021-2022

BIG seminars 2021-2022

Every first Monday of the month 16h15,
Auditorium Biophore Building
UniL-Sorge at Dorigny

Free entrance

Some of these events may happen online and some on site. Please look at our website in due time to get the useful information.

BIG is an interdepartmental seminar series, and is organized by Olivier Delaneau, Ted Farmer, Yolanda Schaerli, Tanja Schwander and Nadine Vastenhouw

6 December 2021
Prisca Liberali, University of Basel, FMI, Switzerland
Decoding design principles of tissue organization

10 January 2022 ONLINE
Maya Schuldiner, Weizmann Institute of Sciences, Israel
Peroxisomes – small organelles with exciting biology and a huge impact on human health

7 March 2022 (Auditorium to be communicated)
Corné Pieterse, Utrecht University, NL
Title TBA

4 April 2022
Roman Ulm, University of Geneva, Switzerland
Title TBA

2 May 2022
Anna-Liisa Laine, University of Zurich, Switzerland
“How important is host diversity for disease?”


Life Science Career Day, Oct. 21 , 2020, SwissTech convention center (EPFL) – REGISTRATION OPEN

A FREE event to get ready for your professional future!

  • Boost your career and get guidance. Learn how to communicate successfully with prospective employers, get ready for a job interview, and valorize your competences.
  • Discover positions in the corporate world, non-profit organisations & the public sector.
  • Expand your network! The networking forum is a perfect occasion to exchange insights with professionals & alumni from many organizations and companies.
  • In summary: The main goal of the LSCD is to provide guidance, tools & networking opportunities. Such information will help you to build a career after having obtained your degree or a postdoctoral experience.


Further information:




Oct 19, 2020 Mini-symposium “Adipose tissue metabolism and cardiovascular diseases”

We are pleased to announce the new date of the Mini-Symposium of the Cardiovascular and metabolism (CVM) PhD program of the Faculty of Biology and Medicine, UNIL/CHUV, entitled

Adipose tissue metabolism and cardiovascular diseases”

Organizer: Francisco Verdeguer, Department of Molecular Mechanisms of Disease,
University of Zurich

When: October 19, 2020 from 9:00 – 12:30

Where: CHUV Lausanne, main building BH08, Auditorium Auguste Tissot
(remote participation via videoconferencing will be possible)


Talk program:

  • Isabel Lopez-Mejía (Center for Integrative Genomics, University of Lausanne, Switzerland): The SR protein Srsf2 modulates lipid metabolism in white adipose tissue
  • Jose Javier Fuster (Spanish National Center for Cardiovascular Research, Madrid, Spain): Somatic mutations and clonal hematopoiesis in age-related cardiovascular and metabolic disease
  • Patrick C.N. Rensen (Leiden University Medical Center, The Netherlands): Brown adipose tissue in lipid and glucose metabolism in health and disease
  • Francisco Verdeguer (Department of Molecular Mechanisms of Disease, University of Zurich): Transcriptional and metabolic control of brown adipose tissue thermogenesis

Further program details are available on the CVM website. The meeting is free of charge, but please register by filling the form here prior to October 1.  Participation to the mini-symposium will be accredited by the Direction of veterinary affairs and their inspection (DAVI), section Lausanne, as a half day of continuing education. Please note that previous symposium inscriptions (done before the confinement) cannot be kept.

For PhD candidates: There will be workshops with symposium speakers in the afternoon following the symposium between 14:00 – 16:00h. The UNIL doctoral school attributes 1.0 ECTS for PhD students who present a signed participation form for the mini-symposium (0.25 ECTS morning session, 0.75 ECTS afternoon session). Please also use the registration link here and indicate your workshop preference.

Dr. Ulrike Toepel
Coordinator of the LN and CVM PhD Programs
Office hours: Monday, Tuesday and Friday
Address: Doctoral School Amphipôle,
room 316 Unil-Sorge
University of Lausanne
1015 Lausanne
Phone: +41 (0)21 692 4014
Fax: +41 (0)21 692 4005


LS2 “PIs of Tomorrow”, Feb 17-19, 2021 – Applications’ deadline: 01.11.2020

We are pleased to announce the call for applications for the session

“PIs of tomorrow: The Future of Swiss Research”

at the next LS2 Annual Meeting 2021,which will go virtual, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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 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 a 10-minute discussion on various aspects of the proposed activity, as well as on career-oriented aspects 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 afterward. Moreover, as a participant in the LS2 Annual Meeting 2021, you will have the opportunity to expand or refresh your network in Switzerland, to interact with scientists in and outside your field. 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 2021 meeting). Independent position holders are not eligible.

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)

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, 2020 (23:59 CET). Questions to the sessionshould be addressed to We are looking forward to your application and hope to virtually welcome you in February at the LS2!