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June 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.
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Divyanshu Srivastava
Doctoral Student, Group Ciriello

I am joining as a doctoral student in the Computational Systems Oncology lab headed by Dr. Giovanni Ciriello.
I have prior training in Information Technology and Mathematical Innovations, with a minor in Electronics and Robotics at the undergraduate level from Cluster Innovation Centre, University of Delhi. Following this, I studied Computational Biology during my M. Tech from IIIT Delhi, India. I also have industrial research experience at Life Sciences division, TATA Research and Innovations lab in Pune, India. Visit my website
Diana Avalos
Doctoral student, Group Delaneau

I started my PhD in 2019 in Pr. Dermitzakis lab at the University of Geneva. My work focuses on the interplay between genetic variation, epigenetic changes and regulation of gene expression in immune cells. I am now joining the Systems and Population Genetics Group lead by Delaneau for the next 2 years of my PhD. Previously I completed a Master on computational neurosciences at EPFL and worked on the development of Brain Machine Interfaces in Pr. Sabes neuroscience lab at the University of San Francisco.
Diana Avalos


Les Mystères de l'UNIL or when Science is coming to meet you!

Les Mystères de l'UNIL is a combination of knowledge and entertainment. A smart way to explore some of the mysteries of science.

This year, DBC researchers, Sarah Schmid, Diogo Ribeiro, Théo Cavinato (master's student) and Ioanna Stefani introduce modern science to the younger generation with "Darwin's Dodo: The Evolution of Species"

Find out how and why species can become extinct by exploring the case of the dodo.

Help the dodo find love for the survival of its species in this game! The great thing is that even adults can play !!

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SNSF’s Optimus Agora prize 2021 goes to “In the light of evolution”

How to popularize evolution and phylogenetics? Through the new project “In the light of evolution”, DBC Group Leader Christophe Dessimoz, Outreach Manager Marie-Claude Blatter and Training Manager Monique Zahn aim to foster greater public interest as well as a practical understanding of this fundamental but rather abstract theme. The project will be built around a series of short stories and interactive workshops addressing concrete questions such as ‘How much DNA do humans and bananas have in common?’. The project has just been awarded the 2021 Optimus Agora prize of the SNSF.
Read more in English - in French


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The famous cute-orange and white-striped young fish may not have as many stripes as his cartoon pal ?!

The specie of sea anemone where they live, their age and even his hormones come into play for determining his white stripes pattern!

Get to know more about clown-fish fascinating evolution by reading this paper in PNAS- with Pauline Salis, Anna Marcionetti and Nicolas Salamin.
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Upcoming ISCBacademy Webinars

June 10, 2021 - at 1:00PM

"How did they get there? Genetic History of Native Americans in the Central Andes
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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! Read more
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July 7th - 17:30-19h30, on Zoom

The [BC]2 Basel Computational Biology Conference provides a unique platform to scientists at all career stages to present their research. It unites researchers from academia, industry and healthcare working in a broad range of disciplines: from deciphering spatiotemporal gene expression patterns, to modelling evolutionary dynamics or acquiring a better understanding of how genetics influence human health. Read More

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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.
Systematic inference and comparison of multi-scale chromatin sub-compartments connects spatial organization to cell phenotypes - with Yuanlong Liu, Luca Nanni, Marie Zufferey, Daniele Tavernari, Marco Mina, Giovanni Ciriello

Fossil-informed models reveal a Boreotropical origin and divergent evolutionary trajectories in the walnut family (Juglandaceae) - With Qiuyue Zhang, Nicolas Salamin, Daniele Silvestro

Histone acetylation dynamics modulates chromatin conformation and allele-specific interactions at oncogenic loci - With Yuanlong Liu, Daniele Tavernari, Giovanni Ciriello

The many faces of cancer evolution - With Giovanni Ciriello

Genome Skimming Reveals Widespread Hybridization in a Neotropical Flowering Plant Radiation - With Oriane Loiseau, Nicolas Salamin


PostDoc in Bioinformatics / Computational Biology - Location : Luxembourg, Luxembourg

Bioinformatician - Location: Basel, Switzerland

Bioinformatician / Computational Biologist - Location: Zurich, Switzerland

Computational Biology PhD student (100%) - Location: Dübendorf, Switzerland

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in Marine Genomics - Location: Kristiansand S, Norway

Postdoctoral Scientist: Bioinformatics for Single-cell Multi-omics Research in Human Aging and Parkinson’s Disease - Location: Leuven, Belgium

Full-time Postdoctoral Scientist Position - Bioinformatician for obesity-associated liver cancer - Location: Brussels, Belgium

Postdoc Position in Bioinformatics - Location University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Postdoc Position in Weed Evolution and Population Genomics - Location University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Postdoc of Biophysics - Location University of Copenhagen, Denmark

PhD / PostDoc in biophysics - Location Technical University of Munich, 

PhD position (m/f/d) on Biomedical Informatics in Systems Neurosciences - Location Technical University of Munich, 


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