Welcome to Yoëlle Hilbers !

Hi everyone! I am Yoëlle Hilbers, a plant biologist from the Netherlands. I studied Biology (Bachelor) and Molecular & Cellular Life Sciences (Master) at Utrecht University, where I did research on how bolting and rosette growth habit are regulated by ATH1 and PIF4 in the Shoot Apical Meristem. To finish of my Master’s, I also did an internship at Stanford University where I studied development of stomata under the regulation of SPCH and FAMA.

Now, I am happy to join Prof. Christian Fankhauser’s lab as a PhD student, to continue working on light regulated plant growth and development!

Some things about me: I love spending time in nature, and I am looking forward to do a lot of hikes in the area and swimming in Lac Léman! I also enjoy being creative (painting/photography), and like to combine work and art by making scientific illustrations 🙂

I hope to see you around!

Welcome to Melinda

Melinda Mischler is joining the CIG and DBC Admin Team!

Previously, Melinda worked at EPFL for different laboratories.

I’m very excited to get started and join the department!

Welcome Melinda!

Johannes Larsch and Martina Legris got an SNSF starting grant



Johannes Larsch, an assistant Professor at the CIG, and Martina Legris, a postdoctoral fellow in Christian Fankhauser group, both got an SNSF starting grant. Martina will join the University of Neuchâtel, and Johannes will use this grant on his project at the CIG.

Public thesis defense of Michael Stock, planned Friday Oct. 13, 2023 at 3:15 p.m. in Aud. B

Michael will present her public thesis defense entitled: “Functions and mechanisms of pseudouridine in Drosophila melanogaster”. The presentation will be held in English and it will take place on Friday October 13th 2023 at 15h15 in the Genopode building (UNIL), Auditorium B.

Registrer here to inform you will attend the apéro: https://framadate.org/MgVzlOKKfuN6irJ7

Welcome to Lisa!

I am Lisa Bertrand, hailing from Paris. I am a naturally curious, dynamic, and open-minded individual. I am thrilled to join you as a postdoc at CIG in October. With immense enthusiasm, I embark on this exciting new professional journey, and I would like to share a few words about myself.

With a background in Immunology, my thesis focused on defining the translatome of HIV-1 to identify novel conserved antigens. Using ribosome profiling, I revealed over a hundred alternative reading frames (ARFs) spread across the genome that undergo translation during infection. I also highlighted immune responses (T-cells) against peptides derived from these ARFs in individuals with varying clinical statuses.

While my background is in immunology, the study of immune response was fascinating but less intellectually stimulating compared to the genomics-related questions that this project ignited. Over the past three years, I have developed a profound interest in translation, from both biological and bioinformatics perspectives, with a particular zest for non-canonical biological processes. Consequently, I am absolutely thrilled to be joining Dr. Gatfield’s team.

Expanding horizons and embracing continuous growth have been the hallmarks of my professional and personal journey. I thrive in social interactions, vast landscapes (hiking), have a deep appreciation for music, and sports. Swapping city shoes for hiking shoes, I can’t wait to discover the charm of Lausanne and its surroundings. I am eagerly looking forward to meeting each of you and actively engaging in the scientific and social life of CIG!

Welcome to Gizem!

Hi, it is Gizem Parlak. I just came from Turkey where I studied Molecular Biology and Genetics at Koç University and did my masters there in Biotechnology and Circadian Clock Laboratory.

During my master’s, I investigated mutations in one of the core-clock proteins regulating the clock, CRY2, and performed functional analysis.

Now, I am glad to join the Gatfield’s group. In a former study, they discovered that Cry2 is regulated by NMD. I will investigate this further, if it is caused by the length of 3’UTR or if there are some other factors involved.

Personally, I love reading, art, history, mythology, and I perform marbling art. Recently, I got hooked on K-Drama, so you can recommend me series when you see me around 😉

You all have a nice day.