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September 2020


DBC News is a monthly publication to inform first and foremost faculty members, researchers and students from our department about new information from the DBC. It also reaches out to a wider community - Department of Computaional Biology partners, esteemed visiting faculty and friends.

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

New arrivals

The whole DBC extends the warmest of welcomes to new members this Fall

Michael Beyeler
Doctoral Student. Group Bergmann


Michela Dall'Angelo
Doctoral Student, Group Fasshauer

Research interests: Evolutionary and functional investigation of the exocytosis machinery

Eduardo Guerra Amorim
Postdoctoral position, Group Malaspinas

Research interests: Human Genetics, Human Pathogens, Natural Selection

Debora Sesia
Intern, Group Ciriello

Research interests: Design of statistical models to integrate molecular and functional genomics data to develop precision medicine tools for cancer care
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Benjamin Titus
Postdoctoral position, Marie Curie Fellowship, Group Salamin

Research interests: how biodiversity evolves in tropical marine symbioses
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Marco Varrone
Doctoral Student, Group Ciriello

Research interests: Spacial Omics for Cancer Biology



Ana Marques - BIO_1795
Marco Mina - BIO_1257

Ana Marques
Marco Mina

Many thanks to you Ana and Marco for the great collaboration throughout these years and we all wish every success in your future endeavours.

Due to the COVID situation, we are unable to organise a farewell apero for the departure.

Faculty News?

Quntitative Biology
Quantitative Biology PhD program

The advent of large-throughput data is transforming life sciences into an increasingly quantitative discipline. The University of Lausanne (Switzerland) is at the forefront of this revolution, with quantitative research ramping up throughout the Faculty of Biology and Medicine, a dedicated department of Computational Biology, and interdisciplinary units such as the Center for Integrative Genomics. UNIL also hosts the headquarters of the Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics, to which many quantitative research groups are affiliated, and closely collaborates with EPFL on the same campus. Ideally situated along the lake of Geneva, near Lausanne's city center, UNIL brings together over 120 nationalities.ert text.
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Covid-19 - Update on health measures

New COVID-related procedure is available via the UNIL direction newsletter
In the DBC, this means that starting from now
  • when sitting at your desk, there is no need to wear a mask unless you discuss with somebody with a distance less than 1.5 meters
  • anytime you move from your desk, you must wear a mask
  • when you discuss with the secretaries, you must wear a mask and respect the distance indicated on the floor
  • whenever you have a meeting and that you cannot maintain the 1.5 meter distance between participants, you must wear a mask
  • you must wash your hands with disinfectant available at the entrance of the building and in the common areas several times a day
  • you must continue registering your presence in the department by signing the presence sheet available next to the secretariat
  • download and use the SwissCovid app to register possible encounters with people tested positive
You can pass by the secretariat if you have any questions regarding the new procedures.
For more Research news and infos on DBC Events, please check out the DBC Website


Job opening

Faculty positions at the DBC

Two ternure-track positions are open at the DBC. The selection process is on going and interviews will be conducted during the coming months. More information will be given in the coming newsletters.

You can see the adverts for the two positions here:

Assistant Professor or Associate Professor in Fundamental Computational Biology

Assistant Professor towards Associate Professor in Computational Metagenomics and Microbial Modelingat the Department of Computational Biology


DBC latest Publications

Group Dessimoz

Scalable phylogenetic profiling using MinHash uncovers likely eukaryotic sexual reproduction genes

Benchmarking gene ontology function predictions using negative annotations

Only a single taxonomically restricted gene family in the Drosophila melanogaster subgroup can be identified with high confidence

Group Salamin

Population Genetic Structure and Demographic History of Primula fasciculata in Southwest China

Genomic footprints of repeated evolution of CAM photosynthesis in a Neotropical species radiation

In collaboration with Fasshauer's group

Prototypic SNARE Proteins Are Encoded in the Genomes of Heimdallarchaeota, Potentially Bridging the Gap between the Prokaryotes and Eukaryotes

Group Fasshauer

The diversification and lineage-specific expansion of nitric oxide signaling in Placozoa: insights in the evolution of gaseous transmission

The diversification and lineage-specific expansion of nitric oxide signaling in Placozoa: insights in the evolution of gaseous transmission


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