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March 2021


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 Computaional Biology partners, esteemed 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.
Lucas Anchieri
Doctoral student, Group Malaspinas

I did my master in Molecular Life Sciences here at the University of Lausanne and joined Prof. Anna-Sapfo Malaspinas’ group in January 2020. I will be staying for my PhD, where my research will focus on selection, developing methods to estimate it, and exploring its underlying mechanisms through simulations.


Many thanks to all of you for the good collaboration throughout these years and the we all wish every success in your future endeavours.
Mattia Tomasoni - BIO_1230
Mattia Tomasoni - Group Bergmann

"Dear DBC colleagues and friends, thank you very much for the time spent together: for the joint meetings, for the fun during retreats, for the open-air lunches, for our discussions (scientific and non-). I will be staying in Lausanne, so I am surely going to see you the next time I visit Genopode"


The DBC Seminars brings world leading computational scientists to present their work in a colloquium and to meet with faculty and students. The colloquium has broad attendance by faculty, staff, masters and PhD students from the University and EPFL
March 11th 2021 - DBC Seminar with Anne-Florence Bitbol, Tenure Track Assistant Professor at EPFL

"Inferring interaction partners and evolutionary constraints from protein sequences"

Place : Online
Zoom Meeting details

Meeting ID
614 030 0162

Proteins and multi-protein complexes play crucial roles in our cells. The amino-acid sequence of a protein encodes its function, including its structure and its possible interactions.
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Christophe Dessimoz - BIO_1762
How computational biology can help fight the pandemic

In these uncertain times when public health authorities redouble efforts to keep the spread of new variants under control, the spotlight is on bioinformatics. Indeed, authorities are increasingly relying on genomics and phylogenetics—and the researchers who are expert in these methods—to find key answers about the pandemic.

What could be done for SARS-CoV-2 genomes analysis to be as helpful as they could be? Is the flood of data too big for bioinformaticians to cope?

Find answers to these questions by reading Professor Christophe Dessimoz's Comment in Nature

Postdoc Funding Chats

If you’re looking to apply for a postdoc fellowship, you’re having difficulties navigating the jungle of possibilities, or you’re looking for someone to exchange experiences with, this is your chance!

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InnoPACTT: A financial support to create your start-up

Are you a UNIL-CHUV researcher, you want to create a start-up and you are looking for funding to start it?
Apply for a one-year InnoTREK grant for your spin-off project resulting from UNIL-CHUV research!

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Figure 1.A. Submissions Open

[Figure 1.A.] is a scientific art exhibition celebrating the beauty and creativity of science

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March Mammal Madness and the power of narrative in science outreach

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Non-coding deletions identify Maenli lncRNA as a limb-specific En1 regulator

Want to track pandemic variants faster? Fix the bioinformatics bottleneck

Gene regulation contributes to explain the impact of early life socioeconomic disadvantage on adult inflammatory levels in two cohort studies

A hypomorphic variant in EYS detected by genome-wide association study contributes toward retinitis pigmentos


PhD position in David Gfeller's lab

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