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December 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, ...
As we approach the festive season, we would like to thank each and every one of you for your considerable efforts this year - happy holidays to you, and best wishes for health, happiness and peace. We wish you and your family a memorable and wonderful festive season.


Congratulations Dr. Liza Darrous on the successful completion of her PhD!!

Liza's thesis, titled “Robust Causal Inference Methods to Assess Risk Factors for Common Diseases”, has encompassed research into Mendelian Randomization methodology and investigating novel approaches to improve its assumption violations.


December 7th - DBC Seminar

with Prof. Anna Köttgen and Dr. Oleg Borislov

Prof. Köttgen is the Director of the Institute of Genetic Epidemiology at the Medical Center – University of Freiburg, Germany)

Dr. Borislov is a Postdoctoral researcher at the Institute of Genetic Epidemiology at the Medical Center – University of Freiburg, Germany

"Integration of population multi-Omics data for a better understanding of kidney function"

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December 14th - DBC Seminar

with Dr. Camille Berthelot

Head of Structure - Comparative Functional Genomics - Institut Pasteur, France

"Seeing double: resolving the early evolution of tetraploid teleost fishes "

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14th Lausanne Comp Bio Meeting

When: December 12th, 2023 from 10 am to 2 pm

Where: This 14th event will take place at UNIL - Room 414 of the Amphimax building.

The goal of this meeting series is to bring together researchers from UNIL, CHUV, EPFL and industry, who are active in the field of Computational and Quantitative Biology. The meetings are sponsored by the Department of Computational Biology at UNIL.

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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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Les protéines, ce n’est pas que du muscle

Chocolat aux protéines, poudre de protéines aromatisée à la vanille, yoghourt protéiné, protéines véganes… Les étalages regorgent de produits alimentaires enrichis en protéines. Mais de quoi parle-t-on vraiment? C'est le sujet de ce nouvel épisode de PopScience, réalisé avec l'Institut suisse de bioinformatique.

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MAPACHE : A flexible pipeline to map ancient DNA

Can we learn more about extinct species from the DNA found in their remains?

Find out by listening to the presentation by Samuel Neuenschwander, from Prof. Anna-Sapfo Malaspinas' group.

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Studying clownfish on the field

In this video, Alberto Garcia Jimenez and Lucy Fitzgerald tell us the perks of doing field work in evolutionary biology. More spefically, within the group of Prof Salamin, they study the relationship between clownfish spieces and their anemones.
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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.
Remote homolog detection places insect chemoreceptors in a cryptic protein superfamily spanning the tree of life - With David Moi

ELM-the Eukaryotic Linear Motif resource-2024 update - With Stefano Pascarelli

OMA orthology in 2024: improved prokaryote coverage, ancestral and extant GO enrichment, a revamped synteny viewer and more in the OMA Ecosystem - With Alex Warwick Vesztrocy, Charles Bernard, Clement-Marie Train, Silvia Prieto Baños, Irene Julca, David Moi , Yannis Nevers, Sina Majidian , Christophe Dessimoz , Natasha M Glover

Incarceration history is associated with HIV infection among community-recruited people who inject drugs in Europe: A propensity-score matched analysis of cross-sectional studies With Sven E Ojavee


Open Tenure Track Faculty Positions - Location : Pittsburgh, USA

Bioinformatics specialist - Location : ETHZ Hönggerberg, Zürich

Senior research engineer (equivalent to Senior Postdoc) in evolutionary biology - Location : Linköping, Sweden

Postdoctoral Researcher position in Computational Genomics / Animal Genomics -
Location : Zurich, Switzerland

Bioinformatician - Location : Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium

Principal Research Data Scientist - Location : Saffron Walden, United Kingdom


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