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November 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 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.
Pumin Li
PhD, Group Ciriello

My name is Pumin Li, coming from Taizhou, China. My hometown is a small, beautiful, and peaceful city near the sea. I graduated from Nanjing University. My major is bioinformatics, now doing some research on cancer. I know that doing research is never easy. What helps get me through is my passion and belief that I can do something within my power for human health. I feel honored to join Ciriello and Hanahan Lab. Hope I can achieve more in the future. I like to do some sports and travel in my leisure time. If you also have the same hobbies, I’m glad to have fun together. Hope everyone has a great time and achieves dreams here.
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Dr. Diego Harta
Postdoc, Group Salamin

After completing a bachelor’s degree in physics in my mega-home-town of Mexico City, I moved to Barcelona to pursue a PhD in evolutionary biology focusing on the interplay between recombination and gene duplication. Afterwards, during two short postdocs in Lyon, my research shifted from exploring the evolution of recombination via simulations to studying robustness in floral morphogenesis by searching for correlations between gene expression and morphology. Continuing in this somewhat interdisciplinary path, I have now joined Prof. Nicolas Salamin’s group as a postdoc to study the role played by gene duplication and non-coding genomic regions in the evolution and adaptation of clownfishes.
Lucy Fitzgerald
PhD, Group Salamin

I am an American doctoral student with a master’s in marine science from King Abdullah University of Science and Technology on the Red Sea in Saudi Arabia. My focus as a marine biologist in Professor Mike Berumen’s lab was in tropical reef ecology. During my master’s degree, I did fieldwork in the Red Sea and Papua New Guinea, collaborating with James Cook University in Australia and CRIOBE/University of Perpignan in French Polynesia. My thesis work examined the population turnover of the orange clownfish and its anemone host in Papua New Guinea. Scuba diving and underwater photography are passions of mine.

I am excited to be joining Professor Nicolas Salamin’s group and continuing my work with clownfish while branching out into comparative genomics and evolutionary modeling.
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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.
November 11th - DBC Seminar with
Prof. Peter Joshi, Chancellor's Fellow at the University of Edinburgh's Usher Institute

"Measuring and understanding Biological Age"

When : November 11th - at 12h15

Where : Génopode - Auditoire A

If you want to join online - Zoom - Password : HPC_DBC

Abstract: Biological age is a term increasingly used to refer to the idea that we age at different rates. Work has shown that measures of biological age can be developed, which are prognostic of future mortality. However, the field is still in its infancy, with research often showing statistically significant results, but less emphasis on their implications, or their causes.

Peter will discuss penalised regression approaches to estimation of chronological age and (hidden) biological age in high dimensional -omics assays such as proteomics, using the highly (11 -omics assays) annotated ORCADES population cohort, and share results of their prognostic value, as well as considering the wider context and outlook for the field.
November 24th - DBC Seminar with 
Prof.Matthijs Verhage, head of the Functional Genomics
Department at the Center for Neurogenomics and Cognitive Research (CNCR), Vrije Universiteit & Amsterdam University Medical - The Netherlands

"SYNGO: a bioinformatic approach to the synapse and synaptic pathways in brain disease"

When : November 24th - at 12h15

Where : Génopode - Auditoire B

If you want to join online - Zoom - Password : HPC_DBC

Abstract : Chemical synapses are the fundamental computational units of the brain. They adapt their efficacy
dependent on recent activity and modulatory signals, while mal-adaptation is a central aspect in many brain disorders (synaptopathies) and loss of synaptic connectivity is a final common pathwayfor several neurodegenerative disorders.
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EMBO Workshop

20 – 22 May 2022 in Rimini, Italy

Organized by Professors Giovanni Ciriello and Luca Magnani, the EMBO Workshop will bring together an interdisciplinary community of scientists with the goal of facilitating discussion and collaborations around genetic and non-genetic mechanisms of cancer evolution. The primary objective is to expand the current genetic-centric view with a mechanistic perspective centred around transcriptional and epigenetic alterations.
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Une histoire de poisson-clown by Théo Gaboriau

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Save the date! December 16th

Our Winter retreat will take place on Decemner 16th (whole day) - We will get back to you with more info in the coming weeks

Shiner and brighter than ever...

... a new Campus card will be released early next year!
This new campus card will authomaticaly replace the current one and will be sent at home.
So, make sure to get yours by checking right now your PRIVATE home address on MyUNIL

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Postdoc Funding Chats

The APNS invites you to join the Fall / Winter 2021-2022 Posdoc Funding Chats - Read more

Horizon Europe: SNSF transitional measures starting October

On behalf of the federal government, the SNSF has introduced a transitional measure – the SNSF Advanced Grants – for those who intended to apply for an ERC Advanced Grant in 2021. The grants are aimed at leading researchers who wish to conduct innovative, high-risk research in Switzerland. Interested parties need to register by 1 November 2021 and submit their proposals by 1 December 2021. Read more
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Horizon Europe 2021-2022 Work Programmes are out!

The European Commission has published the Work Programmes of Horizon Europe for the 2021-2022 period, with a total budget of €14.7 billion. Researchers and innovators in Switzerland can participate in most collaborative projects and their funding is secure
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VIP2 Post Doc Fellows

VIP2 is a postdoctoral fellowship program at the Vienna BioCenter (VBC) offering three – year fellowships that are open to candidates with backgrounds in biology, chemistry, physics, medicine, engineering, computer science, and bioinformatics.
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LS2 Annual meeting 2022

the LS2 Annual Meeting 2022 on the topic “Life Sciences in the 2020s: quantitation, integration and prediction", will be held on February 17 and 18, 2022.
The LS2 Annual Meeting brings together scientists from all nations and backgrounds to explore the large spectrum united under the umbrella of Life Sciences.

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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.
Enteral nutrition and dynamics of citrulline and intestinal fatty acid-binding protein in adult ICU patients - With Sven Erik Ojavee

Species ecology explains the spatial components of genetic diversity in tropical reef fishes - With Théo Gaboriau

Cancer Cells Retrace a Stepwise Differentiation Program during Malignant Progression - With Sadegh Saghafinia, Giovanni Ciriello


PostDoc in Mathematical Modelling and Formal Methods - Location : Aalborg Ø, Denmark

Postdoctoral Fellow in Computational Systems Biology at the Luxembourg Centre for Systems Biomedicine - Location : Luxembourg, Luxembourg

Postdoctoral Fellow (bioinformatics) in splicing dysregulation in cancer (20989) - Department of Biomolecular Medicine - Location : Gent, Belgium

Head of the Institute for Computational Life Sciences, professor position, 80 - 100% - Location : Winterthur, Switzerland

Sanger Institute - Location : Cambridge, United Kingdom

Three open 3-year research fellowship positions in Oxford - Location :Oxford,
United Kingdom


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