Host laboratories in Biochemistry


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Our research group is working on genetic diseases of metabolism affecting the brain development, by developing in vivo and in vitro models to better understand them and to find new treatment strategies.

Olivier Braissant lab

My research laboratory is involved in understanding how the mucosal immune system discriminates between pathogens and commensal bacteria, with application to the design of mucosal vaccines targeting pathogens and allergy.

Blaise Corthésy lab


CIG - Center for Integrative Genomics

Structure, function and evolution of chemosensory systems.

Richard Benton lab


Our research aims at understanding, through genomic approaches, how the interplay between various transcription factors and the corresponding regulatory networks, controls metabolic homeostasis in physiological and pathological conditions. The liver and white adipose tissue (WAT), which are important organs with respect to energy balance, are the main targets of our studies.

Béatrice Desvergne lab

How chromatin structure impacts the stability of disease-causing trinucleotide repeats.

Vincent Dion lab

Reseach in the Franken lab focusses on the genetics and energetics of sleep homeostasis and circadian rhythms in the mouse using a variety of –omics (transcriptome, metabolome, epigenome, microRNAs), behavioral (activity, qEEG), imaging (life imaging of  gene expression), and modelling techniques.

Paul Franken lab

Our group explores the molecular mechanisms and physiological functions of biological timekeeping by circadian clocks in mammals.

David Gatfield lab


DBMV - Department of Plant Molecular Biology

The Nawrath lab studies the formation of the plant cuticle and its relevance in biotic and abiotic stress protection in different model plants; as for example the function of OsABCG31 encoding an ABC transporter involved in cutin biosynthesis in rice.

Christiane Nawrath lab


The mechanisms of molecular chaperones that can repair structural damages in other proteins of the cell.

Pierre Goloubinoff lab


We are interested in understanding the communication systems that plants have developed to read their cell wall status to coordinate growth and development.

Julia Santiago Cuellar lab

DMF - Department of Fundamental Microbiology

The Martin lab studies how spatial intracellular organization controls cell growth and division, as well as cell-cell fusion during sexual reproduction.

Sophie Martin lab


We use synthetic biology approaches to develop novel biosensors to understand the regulation of signal transduction and transcription in single cells.

Serge Pelet lab


Structural maintenances of chromosomes: We use the powerful genetics, biochemistry and cell biology of bacterial model organisms to elucidate conserved mechanisms of long-range chromosome organization and genome maintenance.

Stephan Gruber lab

Other Departments

Our research activity focuses on exploring the variance in metabolic profiles and traits, in health (i.e. gender dimorphism), ageing and disease, from model systems to human population studies - to enhance the understanding of metabolite roles and activities at the system’s level.

Julijana Ivanisevic lab - Metabolomics Platform


Our facility is specialized in large scale analysis of proteomes and their variations.

Manfredo Quadroni lab - Protein Analysis Facility


Molecular virology and pathogenesis of hepatitis C and E.

Jérôme Gouttenoire - Institute of Microbiology


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