Metabolism & Human health track



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What we offer


  • Understanding the intricate workings of metabolism, nutrition, microbiota and human health and well-being
  • A journey to unravel the complexities of these fields and explore their profound impact on human life
  • Exploration of the consequences of metabolic imbalances, such as diabetes, obesity, cancer, and cardiac diseases
  • Comprehensive understanding of the microbiome's profound implications in human health
  • Exploration of the dynamic relationship between the microbiota and metabolic health, delving into how these tiny organisms impact digestion, immunity, and overall well-being
  • Addressing innovative strategies for prevention and management of metabolic diseases. Investigation of the influence of genetics on metabolic diseases, as well as the interplay between metabolism, stem cells, and aging
  • Advanced Laboratory Techniques like metabolomics, proteomics, genomics, microbiota analysis to decipher complex metabolic processes

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Specific training
  • Captivating case studies, to gain valuable insights into real-life applications and challenges faced in the field of metabolic health
  • Case studies to illuminate the pivotal role of the microbiota in human health, paving the way for cutting-edge preventive and therapeutic interventions
  • An interdisciplinary approach to learning by merging expertise from multiple domains, to empower our students to think critically and propose innovative solutions
  • Hands-on experience in using cutting-edge research techniques to explore the functions of metabolism, nutrition, and microbiota
  • Advanced Research Techniques: whether it be in animal models or human studies, our students will be proficient at conducting rigorous scientific investigations
  • Exposure to real-world scenarios, students will be well-prepared to address challenging issues faced in these fields
  • Analyse Fundamental and Clinical Problems expansive array of topics, each presented and discussed by distinguished experts In the Metabolic Health, Nutrition, and Microbiota


In our Metabolism and human health study track, we have carefully curated specific training objectives to empower our students with comprehensive knowledge and practical skills that are crucial in advancing these fields. By the end of this course, our students will be equipped to delve into the intricacies of metabolic health, nutrition, and microbiota, comprehending their physiological functions as well as their role in pathological conditions. Students will gain a profound understanding of how these factors interplay in maintaining overall human well-being.


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This Master's aims to be a comprehensive and interdisciplinary programme focused on human metabolism, nutrition, microbiome, and related health aspects. It covers a broad range of topics relevant to metabolic diseases, human-microbe interactions, and clinical medicine. Below is a breakdown of the courses and their key content:


  • Human Nutrition and Metabolism: An overview of human nutrition and how nutrients are metabolised in the body
  • Metabolic Syndrome and its Consequences: Understanding metabolic syndrome and its associated health conditions like diabetes, obesity, cancer, and cardiac diseases
  • Interaction Nutrition-Nervous System: Exploring the connection between nutrition and the nervous system
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  • Developmental Origin of Health and Diseases: Studying how maternal-fetal-child interactions impact health and the risk of diseases
  • Genetics of Metabolic Diseases: Understanding the role of genetics in metabolic disorders
  • Metabolism, Stem Cells, and Aging: Examining the relationship between metabolism, stem cells, and the aging process
  • Case Study on Metabolic Diseases: Analysing real-life cases of metabolic disorders
  • Metabolism and Exercise: Investigating how metabolism is affected by physical exercise
  • Metabolism, Sport, and Rehabilitation: Studying the metabolic aspects of sports and their role in rehabilitation
  • Energy Metabolism and Rheumatic Diseases: Understanding energy metabolism and its connection to rheumatic diseases
  • Human-Microbes Interactions: Exploring the interactions between humans and microorganisms
  • Human Microbiota in Metabolic Health and Diseases: Studying the role of the human microbiota in metabolic disorders
  • Diet, Lifestyle, Microbiota, and Brain Disease: Investigating the impact of diet and lifestyle on the microbiota and its connection to brain diseases
  • Preventive and Therapeutic Interventions on Microbiota: Examining interventions to promote a healthy microbiota and treat diseases
  • Human Microbiome and Interactions with Chemotherapies: Understanding how the human microbiome interacts with chemotherapy treatments
  • Case Study on the Microbiome and Human Health: Analysing real-life cases related to the human microbiome and health
  • Laboratory Approaches in Clinical Chemistry: Learning about laboratory techniques like metabolomics and proteomics in clinical chemistry
  • Laboratory Approaches in Medical Microbiology: Understanding laboratory methods used in medical microbiology
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  • Monitoring Physiological Functions: Studying techniques for monitoring physiological functions
  • Therapies of Gut-Brain Communication: Exploring various therapies for gut-brain communication, from bypass surgery to endopharmacology
  • Visits of relevant organisations working in the field of human health and nutrition
  • Recent Advances in Metabolic Health: Staying up-to-date with the latest developments in metabolic health

This Master's track offers a comprehensive and interdisciplinary approach to understanding human metabolism, health, and diseases. It covers various aspects of nutrition, genetics, microbiology, laboratory techniques, and clinical medicine, preparing students for careers in research, healthcare, and related fields.

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The schedule of the second and third semesters

The second semester begins with two weeks of common courses before starting the specialised track that lasts 6 weeks and involves theoretical courses and paper presentations. Then, the students will have time to prepare the written and oral examinations that will take place thereafter. As a next step, the students will do a grant writing exercise on the topic of their Master project to familiarise themselves with their field of research, their research questions and their experimental approaches. Then, they will join their research laboratories for 6 months of full time work on their Master projects. The third semester will end with the students writing their Master thesis followed by an oral presentation and defense of the findings.

Please visit our host laboratories proposing affiliated projects for Master thesis.

The students who chose this study track will be given the opportunity to participate in the lively progress reports and seminars, a scientific retreat and an annual symposium.

Career perspectives
  • Academic Research
  • Pharma
  • Biomedical Industries
  • Biotech companies
  • Lab Med
  • Hospitals (FAMH, Fédération des Associations Médicales Suisses) Specialization in laboratory medicine qualification
  • Patent Offices
  • Regulatory affairs
  • Governmental Agencies
  • Education

The exposure to esteemed companies and healthcare institutions during the program can provide valuable networking opportunities and open doors to potential job placements or internships in relevant industries.

The focus on interdisciplinary collaboration in the programme equips graduates with versatile skills that can be applied in various professional settings, fostering a holistic approach to addressing complex health challenges.

Overall, this Master's programme offers a comprehensive foundation for a rewarding career in the fast-growing and impactful fields of metabolic health, nutrition, and microbiota. Graduates have the potential to make significant contributions to scientific research, public health, and the improvement of human well-being.

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Prof. Virginie Mansuy-Aubert
Department of Biomedical Sciences

In co-charge of the Metabolism and Human Health track

Office 5038
Rue du Bugnon 7
CH-1005 Lausanne

Tel. +41 21 692 55 29


DrSc. Onya Opota
Institute of Microbiology

In co-charge of the Metabolism and Human Health track

Office 5038
Rue du Bugnon 48
1011 Lausanne

Tel. +41 21 314 40 58

CH-1015 Lausanne
Tel. +41 21 692 40 10
Fax +41 21 692 40 05