Keep cool @ the CIG

As the heat wave continues to sweep across Europe, we’d like to share some tips on keeping your lab and living spaces as cool as possible:

  1. Control Sunlight: During the hottest hours, it’s crucial to keep your windows closed and lower the blinds to prevent hot air from infiltrating your space. These measures can help reduce indoor temperatures by up to 6°C.
  2. Strategic Ventilation: Throughout the day, aim to keep windows either closed or slightly ajar. However, in the evening and at dawn, when the outside temperature is cooler than indoors, it’s an excellent opportunity to fully open doors and windows – but make sure that the security principles are respected.
  3. Stay Hydrated: Remember to drink at least 1 liter of water daily to keep yourself well-hydrated during the hot weather.
  4. Laboratory Safety: When working at the laboratory bench, maintain your safety standards. While it’s common to wear lighter clothing in the summer, ensure that you do not leave your feet, legs, or arms uncovered when handling chemicals or products. Prioritize your safety at all times.
  5. Seek Help if Needed: If at any point you or someone is feeling unwell or experiencing discomfort due to the heat, please don’t hesitate to call 115 (= 021 692 20 00 from a mobile)

Further information on the UNISEP website:

Rigi Workshop 2024: Exploring Epigenetics (28 – 30 January 2024)

Interdisciplinary insights beyond DNA sequence
The Rigi Workshop 2024 on epigenetics will invite its participants to dive into the intricate mechanisms and implications of epigenetic phenomena. By fostering cross-disciplinary dialogue, the event aims to bridge gaps between different disciplines of epigenetic research. Participants will explore how epigenetics impacts plant breeding, behavioral traits, brain development, evolution, synaptic plasticity, cognition, and neurological disorders. The workshop will offer interdisciplinary approaches to investigating and analyzing societal and technological impacts of epigenetics and will feature lectures delivered by leading experts, group discussions, and sharing of group and individual work in the form of poster and oral presentations.

  • When ?  28 – 30 January 2024
  • Where ?  Hotel Rigi Kulm (Schwytz), one of the most scenic place in Switzerland!
  • For who ?  The workshop is aimed at PhD students and Post-docs in Biology or Medicine, from Swiss research institutions.
  • ECTS credits? The participants must contact their doctoral schools for the accreditation of ECTS which we estimate at 2 ECTS.
  • Costs ? The participants pay a 150.- registration fee that covers workshop, housing and meals.
  • Deadline ? The deadline to apply is 30 September 2023, with an abstract and a letter of motivation. The places are limited and the jury will select up to 30 outstanding applicants.
  • Speakers ? Dr. Etienne Bucher, Dr. Med Semira Gonseth Nusslé, Dr. Ivana Jaric, Prof. Dr. Luis Lopez-Molina, Prof. Dr. Isabelle Mansuy
  • Organisers ? Prof. Dr. Irene Adrian-Kalchhauser, PD Dr. Paolo Cinelli, Prof. Dr. Florian Steiner, Caroline Reymond

All the information, the preliminary programme as well as the registration form are available on: 
Kind regards, 
Caroline Reymond 

Plattform Biologie
Akademie der Naturwissenschaften Schweiz (SCNAT)
Haus der Akademien
Laupenstrasse 7
3001 Bern

Tel.: +41 31 306 93 38

Die SCNAT ist Mitglied der Akademien der Wissenschaften Schweiz.

Ordering system: bulk orders

To save on delivery costs, orders from Merk, Sarstedt and Milan are gathered and placed on Thursday 2:00pm.

For this same reason and because of inflation on logistics costs, we are going to gather orders from Promega, Bioconcept, Reactolab and VWR as well.

Urgent orders that cannot wait the usual placement of orders on Tuesday 11:00am or Thursday 2:00pm must be pointed out to to be taken care of faster.

Further information on the CIG intranet:

zoom on the FBM facilities, and our closest neighbours

The FBM has published a recap of all core facilities available at the UNIL.

Read about our close neighbours below, and about the full list here:

Cellular Imaging Facility CIF
Electron Microscopy Facility EMF
Dubochet Center for Imaging DCI (UNIL platform)
Flow Cytometry Facility FCF
In Vivo Imaging Facility IVIF
Cardiovascular Assessment Facility CAF
Histology Facility HF
Protein Analysis Facility PAF
Metabolomics & Lipidomics Facility MLF
Bioinformatics Competence Center BICC
Biostatistics Facility BSF
Genomic Technologies Facility GTF
Clinical Research Center CRC

The Bioinformatics Competence Center (BI C) is run jointly by FBM and EPFL’s School of Life Sciences. It provides highly specialized
resources in bioinformatics for all aspects of data processing and analysis. Experts at the BI Ɔ C provide customized data analysis services
that go beyond standard protocols to include project-specific algorithms, data processing pipelines, web reporting systems and
visualization tools. The BI C is currently working on a wide range of projects: bulk and single-cell RNAseq data analysis, alternative
splicing, ChipSeq, ATAC-Seq, Hi-C, DNA methylation, genome assembly, flow and mass cytometry data analysis, the detection of
mutations in tumors, the prediction of mutation effects on proteins, proteomic, lipidomic and metabolomic analyses, and data
formatting, aggregation and presentation (such as on customized websites).
The BI C is intended for use by researchers at FBM, other UNIL faculties, EPFL, and outside entities (including companies, based on specific

The Biostatistics Facility (BSF) supports researchers with all aspects of biostatistics, including the analysis of data from high-throughput
sequencing and the power analyses needed to prepare animal-testing requests. The BSF offers consulting services for all research steps
requiring biostatistics: experimental design, writing grant applications, running the analyses and communicating the results. Its experts
provide different forms of training such as courses, workshops, and tailored programs on specific statistical procedures for individual labs.
The BSF is intended for use by researchers at FBM, other UNIL faculties and outside entities (including companies, based on specific

The Cellular Imaging Facility (CIF) provides a wide range of optical microscopy services along with training (through courses, workshops
and video tutorials) and consulting on topics such as using the latest open-access systems and developing tailor-made data acquisition
and analysis protocols. Facility staff are available to support scientists in their research. The CIF is spread across four sites – Agora, Bugnon,
Dorigny and Epalinges – each possessing a variety of imaging instruments for both general and specific research needs. In response to
growing demand for remote access, the facility has set up powerful data processing and analysis workstations that can be used remotely
for tasks like deconvolution and 3D reconstruction and for running common imaging software.
The CIF is intended for use by researchers at FBM, other UNIL faculties and outside entities (including companies, based on specific

The Dubochet Center for Imaging (DCI), managed jointly by UNIL, École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) and the University of
Geneva (UNIGE), is highly specialized in cryo-electron microscopy. It is named after Prof. Jacques Dubochet, who was awarded the 2017
Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his pioneering work in cryo-EM technology. The DCI aims to firmly establish the Lake Geneva region as a
center of excellence in bioimaging research.
The sophisticated technology available at the DCI lets researchers address questions related to single particle analysis, visualize structures
at the atomic level and use cryo-electron tomography to observe single molecules in their cellular context.
The DCI provides support to biomedical researchers by offering state-of-the-art equipment along with the expertise of a specialized team
to perform the entire structural analysis pipeline. In addition, the DCI’s experts work to strengthen bridges with methods such as light
microscopy and FIB-SEM, and to extend cryo-EM to smaller and more flexible particles.
The DCI is intended for use by researchers at UNIL, EPFL, UNIGE and outside entities (including companies, based on specific agreements).
The DCI is a simple partnership under the authority of the UNIL rectorate and not of the FBM. Therefore, the DCI is not a faculty platform of the FBM and is in
no way bound by agreements concluded between UNIL and external partners regarding the access to or running of the faculty platforms/facilities of the FBM.

The Genomic Technologies Facility (GTF) mission is to provide access to state-of-the-art instruments, methods and support for measuring
quantitative and qualitative variations in nucleic acids. Its experts are skilled in leading-edge genomics technology with a wide range of
analytical applications. The GTF also offers ad hoc bioinformatics support and dedicated computing and storage infrastructure. It has
the genomics expertise to help researchers choose the most appropriate technology for their research aims, improve their experimental
design, run wet lab experiments, sequence libraries, perform primary data and biostatistical analyses, and manage data distribution.
The GTF is intended for use by researchers at FBM, other UNIL faculties and outside entities (including companies, based on specific

The Protein Analysis Facility (PAF) runs analyses of single proteins and proteomes. It employs advanced mass spectrometry methods to
identify and quantify a large fraction of the proteins expressed in cells, tissues and organisms. The PAF also conducts large-scale profiling
of post-translational modifications (e.g., phosphoproteome and ubiquitinome) using these same methods. Other common applications
include the identification of protein-protein interactions and the study of proteomes of subcellular compartments. PAF staff provide
comprehensive support at all stages, from experiment planning and sample preparation to data analysis. They also carry out fast, sensitive
quantification of selected targets by capillary western assays as a complement to mass-spectrometry-based untargeted assays.
The PAF is intended for use by researchers at FBM, other UNIL faculties and outside entities (including companies, based on specific

Séances de dialogue «Parlons technologies génétiques»

Découvrez les multiples aspects des technologies génétiques lors de nos séances de dialogue et posez vos questions aux spécialistes. Toutes les personnes intéressées sont les bienvenues! La participation est gratuite.

Les séances de dialogue sont organisées par le Forum Recherche génétique avec le soutien de l’Office fédéral de l’environnement (OFEV).

Faire revivre des espèces disparues?
Mardi 25 avril 2023, 17:00-18:30h, Palais de la Rumine, Lausanne & Zoom (hybride)

Le dodo, le mammouth, le pigeon migrateur, le tigre de Tasmanie – ils font tous partie des centaines d’espèces animales connues qui ont disparu depuis l’arrivée de l’homme et son évolution culturelle et technologique. Pourtant, il existe aujourd’hui des entreprises et des organisations qui souhaitent faire revenir ces espèces, notamment à l’aide des technologies génétiques et de la médecine reproductive. Dans quelle mesure ces projets sont-ils réalistes? Quels avantages et quels risques peuvent-ils présenter pour la protection des espèces ? Et que disent-ils de notre relation avec la nature? Nous discuterons de ces questions et d’autres sur la base du livre «Faire revivre des espèces disparues?» avec les deux auteurs et d’autres spécialistes.

Nadir Alvarez, Muséum cantonal des sciences naturelles de Lausanne
Lionel Cavin, Muséum d’histoire naturelle de Genève
Bernard Baertschi, Université de Genève
Modération: Cécile Guerin

La séance se déroulera à Lausanne, au Palais de la Rumine, sous forme hybride: une participation est possible soit sur place, soit virtuellement. La langue de la séance est le français.
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