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Jean-Yves Chatton, Coordinator of the Facility

Jean-Yves Chatton Jean-Yves Chatton is the coordinator of the Cellular Imaging Facility. He was trained as a biochemist and then got his PhD in Pharmacology at the University of Lausanne, Medical School in 1991. He then moved to the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, USA, for a post-doctoral fellowship in the laboratory of Kenneth R. Spring (NHLBI), working with advanced optical approaches for dynamic physiological studies. From 1994 to 1998, he pursued his research at the Institute of Pharmacology in Berne combining optical imaging with electrophysiology. He joined the Department of Physiology at the University of Lausanne in 1998 as a junior group leader. In 2003, he became appointed coordinator of the Cellular Imaging Facility UNIL-CHUV. He shares his time between his administrative and teaching duties for the CIF and his own research in the field of neuroscience.

The Cellular Imaging Facility in brief

The Cellular Imaging Facility (CIF) was created in 2003 initially as the result of a joint financial and structural effort of the Faculty of Biology and Medicine of the University of Lausanne and the University Hospital (Hospices/CHUV) and located in the Medical School building (Bugnon 7/9). Since summer 2005, the CIF is also present on the Dorigny campus, occupying a 150m2 space in the CIG building and an additional room in the Biology building. The operations are overseen by a Steering Committee, with both strategic and scientific responsibilities, representing all involved institutions in addition to external partners. The mission of the CIF is to assist researchers with imaging needs ranging from wide-field fluorescence and transmission optical microscopy, confocal microscopy, time-lapse and ion imaging, to digital image processing and analysis. The CIF is organized around three complementary activities : (a) Service activities : investigators are offered access to a panel of state-of-the-art imaging equipment and techniques; (b) Teaching and Training : the CIF shares and diffuses the practical and theoretical know-how on these approaches through teaching and training to researchers, technicians, as well as pre- and post-graduate students; (c) Research and Technological Development performed by investigators affiliated with the CIF who develop and implement most advanced optical and imaging technologies, eventually rendered accessible to more users of the CIF. The CIF is headed by Dr. Jean-Yves Chatton, PD MER, and activities are supervised by two technical managers, Yannick Krempp (CIF Bugnon) and Arnaud Paradis (CIF Dorigny). These personnel serve as technical consultants, train new users, and conduct workshops.

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