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Richard Feynman

Physicist, Nobel Prize winner. You see my physics students don't understand it... That is because I don't understand it. Nobody does. That's why we stick with biology.

Mojo Nixon

Singer. Why the heck is it called Evolution anyway? It should be Elvislution! Yes, the Big E is everywhere...

Wernher von Braun

Applied rocket scientist. Basic science is what I'm doing when I don't know what I'm doing. Still, we know what we're doing.

Nick Cave

Sang We are scientists, we do genetics, we leave religion to the psychos and fanatics. Why? We don't know, he's not a scientist, he's a singer.

Michel Foucault

Philosopher. Fervent advocate of the objective discourse. Truth began at the moment when empirical knowledge itself, and on its own, allowed access to the truth. That's why we love experiments.

James Dean

Actor. Icon. Rebel without a cause. Is that a student activist?

Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Writer. Realists do not fear the results of their study. We do not.

Karl Lagerfeld

Impresario. Luxury is the freedom of mind, its independence, in short the politically incorrect. We could not have said it better.

Edward Gibbon

Author. Eminent former citizen of Lausanne. All that is human must retrograde if it does not advance. So let's move forward.

Bob Gratton

Car mechanic from Trois-Rivières, Québec. Coined our lab motto 

Malcolm McLaren

Artist, punk icon. Dreamed of Paris while sitting on a coffin drinking coffee, wearing black on black, with negative feelings. Just like us when one of our papers is rejected.

Wolfgang Mozart

Eminent composer. I pay no attention whatever to anybody's praise or blame. I simply follow my own feelings. Maybe a good advice on how to do science.


Nigel Powers

Secret agent. There's only two things I cannot stand in this world: scientists who cannot take criticism from their colleagues, and peer review.

Ernest Rutherford

Phycisist, Nobel Prize winner. If your experiment needs statistics, you ought to think of a better experiment. Right, unless you do .... OK, no comment.

Charlton Heston

Actor, NRA president. I'll give you my gun when you pry it from my cold, dead hands! Well, who has it now?

Johan van der Smut a.k.a Goldmember

Villain. He's from Holland, isn't that weird? Smoke and a pancake anyone?

Bertrand Russell

Philosopher. Men fear thought as they fear nothing else on earth - more than ruin, more even than death. Time to be fearless then.


Boris Vian

Musician & writer. How could evolution have had a trajectory towards a man who invented such hilarious stories? Is it divine intervention?

Ludwig Wittgenstein

Philosopher. Thought our efforts are tragically in vain, because in the end We can never know why the world exists.

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