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September 2022


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.
Guilhem Panneau,
PhD, Group Dal Co

My name is Guilhem Panneau, and I am biosciences engineer graduated from the National Institute of Applied Sciences in Lyon, France. My main interest is to model biological systems to better understand their functioning. For instance, I modeled the efficacy of ribavirin treatment on the chikungunya virus during a summer internship in the Vignuzzi Lab at Pasteur Institute, France. Read more
Samuel Moix
Assistant-Student, Group Dessimoz

Samuel obtained his bachelor's degree in Biology at the University of Lausanne. He is currently pursuing a master’s degree in molecular biology, specialized in bioinformatics, at the Statistical Genetics Group under the supervision of Chiara Auwerx. During the autumn semester of 2021 he worked on detecting “Whole genome duplication events” under the supervision of Sina Majidian from the Dessimoz Lab. He is now joining the Dessimoz Lab to work in science outreach in the context of the “In the light of evolution” project.
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Anna Marcionetti
Post-doc, Group Salamin

After obtaining an MSc degree in Molecular Life Science and Bioinformatics, I started a PhD in the lab of Nicolas Salamin at the University of Lausanne. In my PhD research, I investigated the genomic basis of the adaptive radiation of clownfishes, a fascinating group of coral reef fishes. Following my interests in evolutionary genomics and species diversification, I did a postdoc at the Conservatory and Botanical Garden in Geneva. There, I worked with Dr Mathieu Perret and studied the mechanisms driving the diversification of Gesneriaceae, a group of neotropical plants. I am now re-joining the group of Nicolas Salamin to pursue the investigation of the processes driving the diversification of clownfishes.



Many thanks to you for the good collaboration throughout these years and we all wish every success in your future endeavours.
Yousra El-Bachir 9011
Sven Erik Ojavee photo DBC
Marion Patxot Bertran - DD1_2601
Yousra El-Bachir
Postdoc, Group Delaneau
Sven Erik Ojavee
PhD, Group Robinson / Kutalik
Marion Patxot Bertran
PhD, Group Robinson / Kutalik


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The ISREC Foundation awarded for the first time in June 2022 its TANDEM grants, which aim to support projects directly relevant to clinical cancer research, from the perspective of understanding molecular mechanisms or improving patient care.

Prof. Giovanni Ciriello and Dr. Igor Letovanec from the University Institute of Pathology UNIL-CHUV will focus on improving approaches to early diagnosis of lung cancer.

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September 29th - DBC Seminar with Dr. Francesco Iorio, Computer Scientist at Human Technopole (Italy) and Sanger Intitute (UK). Read more
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Génopode retreat - September 8 & 9 in "Les Diablerets"

See the program
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Want to know more about your sleep?
Then contact Dr. Shanaz DIESSLER and lie down...
Want to improve your communication skills?
Then, join the 5th Annual Post-Doc Retreat
Want support for your project?
Then, The Synergy Grants could be for you!
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ISBA next symposium

in Tartu, Estonia on the 13-16 September

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Reconstructing the human past: using ancient and modern genomics

13 - 16 Sep 2022 - co-organised by DBC professor, Anna-Sapfo Malaspinas

Combining genome-wide data from ancient and modern populations opens new windows into the past. Population-scale sequencing projects investigating past and present human diversity have already provided us with extraordinary insights into patterns of human variation and mobility through time and space. Virtual registration still open 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.
Shared regulation and functional relevance of local gene co-expression revealed by single cell analysis - With Diogo Ribeiro, Chayme Ziyani, Olivier Delaneau

Metacells untangle large and complex single-cell transcriptome networks - With Mariia Bilous , Loc Tran, David Gfeller

Limited evidence for blood eQTLs in human sexual dimorphism - With Eleonora Porcu, Kaido Lepik, Zoltán Kutalik

A cross-disorder dosage sensitivity map of the human genome - With Eleonora Porcu, Zoltán Kutalik

Improving GWAS discovery and genomic prediction accuracy in biobank data - With Etienne J Orliac, Daniel Trejo Banos, Sven E Ojavee, Matthew R Robinson

Megaviruses contain various genes encoding for eukaryotic vesicle trafficking factors - With Dany Khalifeh, Emilie Neveu, Dirk Fasshauer

Polynomial Mendelian randomization reveals non-linear causal effects for obesity-related traits - With Jonathan Sulc, Jennifer Sjaarda, Zoltán Kutalik

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Postdoctoral Fellowship position - Data Driven Machine Learning - Location : Thuwal, Saudi Arabia

Postdoctoral position in ML and single cell genomics - Location : Madison, United States

Postdoctoral Fellow/Bioinformatician/Data Scientist - Location: Miami, United States

Bioinformatics postdoctoral position to investigate prokaryotic cell-surface proteins - Location: Tuebingen, Germany

Postdoctoral Fellow (Non-coding RNAs and nuclear condensates in, transcription and cancer) - Location: Washington, D.C, United States (US)

Postdoctoral Position in Cancer Systems Biology - Location: Charlottesville, United States


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