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The Department of Biochemistry (DB) at a glance

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Our mission is simple - to contribute to the elimination of immunological disorders, parasitic infections and cancer. Achieving that goal begins with cutting-edge teaching and research programs, seminars and international conferences in biology and medicine for students and researchers from all over the world.  We also seek to foster collaboration between research groups and industry to provide new paths to therapies and clinical approaches.

The Department of Biochemistry

The Department of Biochemistry (DB) is part of the Faculty of Biology and Medicine of the University of Lausanne (UNIL) and provides courses for students in medicine, biology and immunology. The DB, located in Epalinges (north of Lausanne), is part of the Center of Immunity and Infection (CIIL) which also includes the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research (LICR) and several groups of the Lausanne University Hospital CHUV.

The research focus of the DB is on immunology and cancer. A second major line of research of the DB, shared with the WHO Immunology Research and Training center (housed by the DB since 1963), follows a long-standing interest in parasitic diseases and the immune response they elicit.

Finally, the DB seeks to foster collaboration between research groups and industry and has contributed to the foundation of several biotech companies.



Chemin des Boveresses 155
CH-1066 Epalinges

Phone: +41/21 692 57 00
Fax: +41/21 692 57 05

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Chemin des Boveresses 155 - CH-1066 Epalinges  - Switzerland  -  Phone +41 21 692 5700  -  Fax  +41 21 692 5705