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October 2023


DBC News is a monthly publication that seeks to inform first and foremost faculty members, researchers and students. It also reaches out to a wider community - Department of Computational Biology partners, visiting faculty and friends.

Alongside the Department's website it is a complementary means of keeping abreast of the Department's rich and diversified scientific activities - visiting faculty, exceptional conferences, publications, awards, appointments, calls for papers and research, ...


The whole DBC extends the warmest of welcomes to new members.
Stefano Pascarelli
Postdoc, Group Dessimoz

Stefano Pascarelli obtained his undergraduate studies in University of Bologna, and completed a PhD in Protein Bioinformatics at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST), Japan. Before OIST, he spent some time doing research in Stockholm University (Elofsson Lab), University of Padova (Tosatto Lab), and EMBL (Gibson Lab). For his post-doc in UNIL, he will work on reconstructing the ancestral metazoan protein content and interaction networks. His interests include Bioinformatics, Interactomics, Metagenomics, Team Sports, Board Games, and Cooking. Feel free to hit him up if you want to talk about any of those things or more!



Congratulations to Professors Dirk Fasshauer, Zoltán Kutalik and Nicolas Salamin, for receiving an SNF grant for their projects


October 12th - DBC Seminar with Dr. Nicolas Lartillot

Research Unit Director -- Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (C.N.R.S), France

"Exome-wide phylogenetic analyses of patterns of selection using a multi-gene hierarchical Bayesian modeling approach."

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Alma Dal Co memorial symposium - November 15

This symposium will commemorate our late colleague and friend Alma Dal Co, who was a professor at the Department of Computational Biology (DBC) of UNIL. The morning session will reflect on the time before Alma joined the DBC, and in the afternoon session.
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InnoPACTT: financial support to create your start-up

PACTT, the UNIL-CHUV Technology Transfer Office, is launching a call for projects, "InnoTREK", as part of the InnoPACTT financial support, designed to accelerate innovation and spin-off creation

Deadline to send your application: October 2nd, 2023

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Want to start a PhD?

The Doctoral School of the Faculty of Biology and Medicine (FBM) offers 3 PhD Fellowships in Life Science starting April 2024

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FBM celebrates its 20th anniversary !

Check the program here

LS2 Annual Meeting 2024

"Exploring the Wonders of Life"

The next LS2 Annual Meeting, in collaboration with the DBC, will be held on February 14-15, together with the Young Scientists' Satellite (YSS) on February 13, 2024, at the University of Lausanne.

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Our cousin, the banana!

Discover the hidden members of our genetic family with Samuel Moix from Kutalik Lab

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Evolution of the nervous system

When, why and how did neurons first evolve? Frédérique Varoqueaux and Dirk Fasshauer are piecing together the ancient story.
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What follows is a small sampling of recently published research across the department — for a more complete list of publications, visit PubMed. If there is a paper you would like to see highlighted in the next issue of the newsletter, please email us.
Fine tuning rigid body docking results using the Dreiding force field: A computational study of 36 known nanobody-protein complexes - With Aysima Hacisuleyman

Getting Nervous: An Evolutionary Overhaul for Communication - With Frédérique Varoqeaux, Dirk Fasshauer

Multi-omics comparison of malignant and normal uveal melanocytes reveals molecular features of uveal melanoma - With Yuanlong Liu

The ancestry and geographical origins of St Helena's liberated Africans - With Diana I Cruz-Dávalos J Víctor Moreno-Mayar

Genetic insights into the age-specific biological mechanisms governing human ovarian aging - With Sven E Ojavee , Liza Darrous , Marion Patxot , Zoltan Kutalik Matthew R Robinson

μ- PBWT: a lightweight r-indexing of the PBWT for storing and querying UK Biobank data - With Simone Rubinacci

Minimum information guidelines for experiments structurally characterizing intrinsically disordered protein regions - With András Hatos

CXCL9:SPP1 macrophage polarity identifies a network of cellular programs that control human cancers - With Marco Varrone, Giovani Ciriello

Expression of cell-wall related genes is highly variable and correlates with sepal morphology - with Diego A. Hartasánchez

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Open Tenure Track Faculty Positions - Location : Pittsburgh, USA

PhD Student (f/m/d) – Computational Cancer Genomics / Bioinformatics - Location : Vienna, Austria

Bioinformatics and wet -lab researcher - Biomoleculaire Geneeskunde (26412) - Location : Ghent, Belgium

Postdoc in genome regulation - Location : Stockholm, Sweden

Post-doctoral position in spatial epidemiology (M/F) - Location : La Tremblade, France


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