CIG Seminars Fall 2023 Program

Monday 12:15, Génopode, auditorium B

Monday September 11, 2023
Ben Engel,
University of Basel, CH
«Exploring photosynthesis and carbon fixation across scales with cryo-electron tomography»
Host: Christian Fankhauser

Monday September 25, 2023
Laurent Le Cam,
INSERM, Montpellier, France
«Roles of the p53 pathway in metabolism: implications in aging, tissue homeostasis and carcinogenesis»
Host: Lluis Fajas Coll

Monday October 9, 2023
Melissa Harrison,
University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA
«Pioneering the developmental frontier»
Host: Nadine Vastenhouw

Monday October 16, 2023
Alexis A. Jourdain,
University of Lausanne, Dpt. of Immunology, CH
«Nucleotides and RNA as unconventional energy sources”
Host: David Gatfield

Monday October 23, 2023
Angela Taddei,
Institut Curie, Paris, France
«Dynamics of chromatin and transcription upon entry into quiescence and return to growth»
Hosts: PhD Students & Postdocs

Monday October 30, 2023
Félix Naef,
EPFL Lausanne, CH
«Synchronization of circadian and cell cycle oscillators in cells and tissues»
Host: Paul Franken

Monday November 13, 2023
Guillaume Thibault,
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
«The conserved endoplasmic reticulum stress role in
protein and lipid homeostasis»
Host: Aleksandar Vjestica

Monday November 20, 2023
Gunter Meister,
University of Regensburg, Germany
«Mechanisms of m6A- and miRNA-guided gene regulation and their links to cancer progression»
Host: Jean-Yves Roignant

Monday November 27, 2023
Paolo Giacobini,
INSERM, Lille, France
«A spatially resolved single-cell genomic atlas of the human fetal olfactory and neuroendocrine system»
Host: Sophie Croizier

Monday December 11, 2023
Kazuhiro Maeshima,
National Institute of Genetics Yata, Japan
«Chromatin organization and behavior during the cell cycle revealed by single-nucleosome imaging/tacking»
Host: Nadine Vastenhouw

Public thesis defense of Chiara Paolantoni, planned Friday Sep. 15, 2023 at 4 p.m. in Aud. A

Chiara will present her public thesis defense entitled: “Functions and mechanisms of m6A mRNA modification in Drosophila melanogaster”. The presentation will be held in English and it will take place on Friday September 15th 2023 at 16h00 in the Genopode building (UNIL), Auditorium A.

Registrer here to inform you will attend the apéro:

Skills for Scientists events @ UNIL – registration open now

Registration is now open for 2 upcoming Skills for Scientists events via this link

The bench smart to business smart workshop on September 8th  (Dorigny campus) is in collaboration with the HUB-UNIL and will feature a roundtable with alumni working in industry; tips for landing a job from a hiring manager at Merck; information on innovation and patents by the PACTT and insights from an alumni entrepreneur.

The CV checks/job orientation are individual consulations on August 25th of 45 minutes on the Bugnon campus. The schedule of the consulations will be sent upon confrimation of participation. You can alternatively book an individual consulation at any time by writing to this email address.

Oportunities for postgrads in genetics to integrate the private sector – Deadline Aug. 21, 2023

Are you a postgraduate in genetics looking to broaden your horizons? Biopôle has just launched an innovative initiative tailor-made for you!

Introducing the ‘Postgraduate Consulting Group,’ a fantastic opportunity for emerging scientists like you to apply your scientific expertise in an industrial setting. This groundbreaking initiative is designed to bridge the gap between academia and industry, allowing you to contribute to the success of cutting-edge startups in the healthcare sector.

What’s the deal? As a member of the Postgraduate Consulting Group, you’ll get to critically assess and challenge the scientific foundations of technologies developed by select Biopôle healthcare startups. This third-party evaluation not only enhances your skillset but also provides valuable insights to startups seeking investment opportunities.

Partnering with Alcimed, a premier consulting firm specializing in tech-driven industries, Biopôle is paving the way for a unique experience.

Two consulting projects are now open:

  1. Therapeutics – Exploring Allosteric Modulators
  2. Diagnostics – Unraveling the World of Oncology

Don’t miss out on this extraordinary chance to contribute to groundbreaking research while gaining invaluable industry exposure. Apply by August 21, 2023, by sending your CV and motivation letter to

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.