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June 2023


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.
Dilek Koptekin
Postdoc, Group Malaspinas

Dilek Koptekin is a computational biologist whose research mainly focuses on inferring the demographic history of human populations. Through paleogenomics data analysis, she strives to understand changes in human mobility patterns over time. During her doctoral studies at Middle East Technical University, Turkey, she studied the demographic transformation of Anatolian and neighbouring populations during the last ten millennia with a particular focus on the Neolithization of Anatolia and the Aegean.

Read more on her online resume
David Presby
Research fellow, Group Bergmann

David has a BS in Biology from Rutgers University and a Ph.D. in Integrative Physiology from University of Colorado. Dave has always been fascinated by physiology and during his Ph.D. he characterized the molecular mechanisms that reduce energy expenditure following weight loss. Following his Ph.D., Dave did a postdoc at Harvard where he investigated the multi-omic response to acute and chronic exercise. After his postdoc, Dave joined a start-up technology company called Whoop that makes wearable devices. At Whoop, he worked as a senior research scientist on the data science team where he developed novel methods to derive physiological insights that inform upon health.

Dave will be joining the Bergmann group where he will be helping to connect the properties of the micro- and macrovasculature from multimodal imaging through genetics and deep learning to better understand vascular pathomechanisms and predict disease risk.


Many thanks to you for the good collaboration throughout these years and we all wish every success in your future endeavours.
Olivier Delaneau
SNF Assistant Professor

I would like to express my gratitude to all of my incredible colleagues at DBC! As I embark on new endeavors, I wish each and every one of you the utmost success in both your professional and personal lives.
Robin Hofmeister
PhD, Group Delaneau

Robin will join Zoltán Kutalik's group in July 2023


Congratulations to Liza Darrous for the well deserved prize of Best Presentation at the EMGM 2023

Watch Liza's outreach video about her research here

Among the new research grants financed by the SNSF, twenty projects from the Faculty of Biology and Medicine (FBM) of the UNIL have been selected. - Read more

Congratulations to Dirk Fasshauer and Christophe Dessimoz for their Sinergia grant


12th Lausanne CompBio meeting - June 14th

12th Lausanne CompBio meeting will take place on June 14th, 2023, 10:00-14:00 at UNIL in Auditorium C of the Genopode building. Please book the date in your calendar!
The meeting will follow a similar schedule as the last one (i.e four 30’ presentations followed by lunch and discussions) and we will announce the talk line-up in due time.

FBM Transition Grants

The FBM Transition Grants (previously "Bourse Pro-Femmes") are intended to encourage the academic development of women employed by the CHUV, UNIL and Unisanté.

Next call for candidates: June 1st 2023, deadline to send applications: August 31st 2023

Learn more


BSNL- Recruitment session_June 7th, 2023

The BioScience Network Lausanne (BSNL) is a PhD student and Postdoc association from EPFL and UNIL, aiming to promote career development of young researchers in Life Sciences.

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FBM football tournament

The FBM football tournament is back After a few years away...

When: June 23rd
Time: 10 AM – 5 PM
Location: Natural field at UNIL Centre Sportif

Join the DBC team to participate in this year’s FBM football tournament!
To do so, please add your name to this Google sheet

Ma thèse en 180 secondes - Swiss Final 2023

The Swiss national final of the "Ma thèse en 180 secondes" competition will take place on June 29th. This year, the University of Lausanne is organizing the event.

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.
Genome-wide Association Studies of Retinal Vessel Tortuosity Identify Numerous Novel Loci Revealing Genes and Pathways Associated With Ocular and Cardiometabolic Diseases - With Mattia Tomasoni, Michael Johannes Beyeler, Sofia Ortin Vela, Ninon Mounier, Eleonora Porcu, Tanguy Corre , Daniel Krefl, Alexander Luke Button , Sven Bergmann

Stressful life events and relapse of psychosis: analysis of causal association in a 2-year prospective observational cohort of individuals with first-episode psychosis in the UK - With Tabea Schoeler

Bias correction for inverse variance weighting Mendelian randomization - With Ninon Mounier, Zoltán Kutalik

Multimodal single cell analysis infers widespread enhancer co-activity in a lymphoblastoid cell line - With Chaymae Ziyani, Olivier Delaneau, Diogo M Ribeiro

Fine tuning rigid body docking results using the Dreiding force field: A computational study of 36 known nanobody-protein complexes - With Aysima Hacisuleyman

Insights into the Genomics of Clownfish Adaptive Radiation: the Genomic Substrate of the Diversification - With Anna Marcionetti, Nicolas Salamin

Author Correction: Possible association of 16p11.2 copy number variation with altered lymphocyte and neutrophil counts - With Chiara Auwerx, Eleonora Porcu , Zoltan Kutalik

Partner choice, confounding and trait convergence all contribute to phenotypic partner similarity - With Jennifer Sjaarda, Zoltán Kutalik

PascalX: a Python library for GWAS gene and pathway enrichment tests - With Daniel Krefl, Alessandro Brandulas Cammarata , Sven Bergmann

Explore more...


DBC_PAST-PTC PAS en métagénomique computationnelle et modélisation microbienne - Location : Lausanne, Switzerland

Postdoctoral Research position in Bioinformatics and Comparative Genomics - Location : Lausanne, Switzerland

Research and Development Specialist / Data management software (iRODS) - Location : Luxembourg

Postdoc in numerical modelling of muscle cells cultivation - Location : Aarhus, Denmark

Researcher for Computational Microscopy and Cell Modeling - Location : Stockholm, Sweden

PhD position Genome Editing and Systems Genetics - Location : Leuven, Belgium

Coordinator for research and structured qualification of doctoral researchers in data science (m/f/d) - Location : Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany


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