Important changes at MEF: staff & developments

In 2014, several important events are happening at MEF. Marianne Carrard, who was in charge of the blood assay platform, retired in mid April 2014. She is replaced by Gilles Willemin (MSc).

Gilles will also be heavily involved in the implementation of a whole new panel of techniques to study lipid metabolism, a new asset for the MEF.

Best wishes to Marianne Carrard for her retirement.

Marianne Carrard has been in charge of the blood assay platform of MEF for over 7 years (September 2006 – April 2014) at part time (30%). Her competence, availability, flexibility, professionalism and nice contact were appreciated by customers and duly acknowledged in a recent User Survey. We wish the best to Marianne for her personal projects that will keep her busy!

Welcome to Gilles Willemin

Gilles Willemin has joined the MEF staff in April 2014. Gilles has completed a Master in biology at UNIL. His Master thesis in the field of glucose homeostasis was performed in the laboratory of prof. Bernard Thorens. Later on, he joined as a technician the laboratory of Dr. Kaori Minehira (Dept. of Physiology, UNIL) where he was in charge of all technical aspects of the laboratory and developed strong skills in the field of hepatic steatosis.

Gilles works at part time (60%) for the MEF. He will share this time between the blood assay facility (20-30%) and the metabolic studies. Gilles will be heavily involved in the implementation of techniques related to lipid metabolism. Techniques to be implemented in the near future include:

  • Hepatic steatosis: Measurement of hepatic lipid content
  • Lipid absorption: Measurement of fecal lipid content
  • Lipid clearance: the lipid tolerance test
  • Hepatic lipogenesis: the hepatic VLDL-TG production test
  • De novo lipogenesis (hepatic, adipose)

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the MEF staff.