Bernard Thorens, Director of the MEF Facility
|Bernard Thorens received his PhD in Geneva in 1984 for studies on the biosynthesis of immunoglobulins by pre-B lymphocytes carried out in the laboratory of Pierre Vassalli. He then did a postdoctoral fellowship at the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research in Cambridge with Harvey Lodish. In 1991 he received a Career Development Award (START fellowship) from the Swiss National Science Foundation to establish his research group at the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology of the University of Lausanne where is was promoted as associate professor in 1998. Since 2002 he is Professor of Physiology at the University; he joined the CIG in 2005.|
The Mouse Metabolic Evaluation Facility in brief
The Mouse Metabolic Evaluation Facility (MEF) was created in 2006 as the result of a joint financial and structural effort of the Center for Integrative Genomics in the Faculty of Biology and Medicine (FBM) of the University of Lausanne, the University Hospital (CHUV) and the NCCR, Frontiers in Genetics. The MEF, located at CIG, is headed by Bernard Thorens, Ph.D., Professor of Physiology, and activities are supervised by Frederic Preitner, Ph.D.
The mission of the MEF is to provide the Lausanne and Swiss Research Community with a wide repertoire of state-of-the-art, standardized investigative techniques to analyze the metabolic status of mice models of complex human disorders.
Given the high level of complexity of most techniques, the MEF provides services to the researchers. The MEF also provides teaching for those who want to introduce specific techniques into their own laboratories. In order to broaden the scope of phenotyping tests, the MEF aims also at developing new investigation techniques in partnership with laboratories at Lausanne University (UniL), CHUV and Lausanne School of Technology (EPFL).
The MEF is an integral part of the CHUV-FBM CardioMet Research Center that gathers three coordinated investigative units, namely the MEF, the Rodent Cardiovascular Phenotyping Center (coordinated by Prof. Thierry Pedrazzini, at the FBM) and the Clinical Investigation Center (coordinated by Prof. François Pralong at CHUV). Cardiomet aims at fostering joint projects in clinical and basic research, in the Cardiovascular and Metabolic fields.