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    (*)   with potential lab finances available, independently of a fellowship
    (**)  position available only with a fellowship
  • Contact thesis directors of interest and if they appreciate your CV, ask them to send you a confirmation by email that she/he agrees to act as your potential thesis director,
  • You should mention her/his name in your application form (see STEP 2) to continue your application.

Host Labs


Laboratories  Thesis Directors Subject proposed
Anesthesiology, Pain center Suter Marc (*)

Neuropathic pain: mechanisms of spinal microglia sensing

Biochemistry Broz Petr (**)

Innate Immunity, Cell Death, Infectious Diseases

Biochemistry Martinon Fabio (*)

Characterization of autoinflammation in health and diseases

Center for Integrative Genomics Benton Richard (*) Drosophila sechellia: a novel model to investigate nervous system and behavioral evolution 
Center for Integrative Genomics Fajas Coll Lluis (*)

Participation of CDK4 in the lipids biology in cancer cells

Center for Integrative Genomics Fankhauser Christian (**)

The successful candidate will work within the framework of the project entitled: Phototropism in green seedlings: studying its regulation in open versus shaded environment

Center for Integrative Genomics Gambetta Maria Cristina (**)

We study gene insulation - a process by which a family of "insulator proteins" regulate the communication between regulatory elements and gene promoters, for example by regulating their arrangement in 3D space. We combine genetics, biochemistry, imaging and genomics.

Center for Integrative Genomics Gatfield David (**)

Investigation of circadian clock regulation by upstream open reading frames (uORFs).

Center for Integrative Genomics Reymond Alexandre (*) 16p11.2 copy number variation and mirror phenotypes
Center for Integrative Genomics Van Leeuwen Jolanda (*)

High-throughput genetic analyses in either yeast or cultured cell lines, depending on the interest of the student. Please have a look at the lab website.

Clinical Neurosciences Hegi Monika (*)

Targeting pathway vulnerabilities induced by epigenetic disturbance in glioblastoma

Clinical Neurosciences Pot Caroline (**)

Role of the gut-brain axis in driving multiple sclerosis

Clinical Neurosciences Serino Andrea (**)

Study of multisensory-motor interactions around the body and the self in healthy and clinical populations using behavioral, neuroimaging and computational approaches

Clinical Neurosciences Sokolov Arseny (*)

Gamified and immersive closed-loop approaches for cognitive assessment and neurorehabilitation

Clinical Pharmacology Buclin Thierry (**)

Population pharmacokinetic-pharmacodynamic modelling and computer tools for the therapeutic monitoring of medicinal drug concentrations and response markers. 

Computational Biology Ciriello Giovanni (*)


Reconciling molecular and histological tumor heterogeneity to predict cancer evolution

Computational Biology Malaspinas Anna (**)

Combining ancient and modern DNA to characterize the peopling of the Aegean

Computational Biology Salamin Nicolas (**)

The project will use evolutionary modeling and the generation of new genomic data to get new insights into the origin the marine adaptive radiation of clownfishes



Laboratories  Thesis Directors  Subject proposed
Dermatology and Venereology Curdin Conrad (*)

Dysregulation of immune pathways during targeted treatments of autoimmune diseases

Dermatology and Venereology Kuonen François (*)

Using high-throughput sequencing and computational modelling, we attempt to identify the transcriptionactors/ epigenetic regulators of non-melanoma skin cancers. 

Diagnostic and Interventional Imaging Omoumi Patrick (*)

Multiparametric imaging of joint disease

Ecology and Evolution Chapuisat Michel (*)

Origin and evolution of a supergene controlling ant social organization

Ecology and Evolution Christe Philippe (*) Collaborative project with Prof. Antoine Guisan and Dr Fridolin Zimmermann (Coordinator of the large carnivore monitoring in Switzerland, Kora)
Ecology and Evolution Guisan Antoine (*)

Assessing the spatial spread and potential impact of alien invasive species on biodiversity and ecosystem functioning

Ecology and Evolution Keller Laurent (**)

Network of interactions in ants

Ecology and Evolution  Pannell John (**) Evolution of plan sexual systems
Ecology and Evolution Robinson-Rechavi Marc (*) The evolution of function in organs and genes in light of expression patterns
Ecology and Evolution Roulin Alexandre (*) Habitat selection and foraging strategies in the barn owl
Ecology and Evolution Sanders Ian (*)

Effects of variation in symbiotic microorganisms on plant growth

Ecology and Evolution Ulrich Yuko (**)

Experimental Epidemiology in Ant Societies (currently under review for ERC St and Eccellenza grants; outcome will be known in August and November, respectively)

Ecology and Evolution Waterhouse Robert (*)

How do we best exploit genomics data to reach new levels of depth and detail in our understanding of biology?

Ecology and Evolution Wedekind Claus (*)

Evolutionary Conservation Biology

Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism Sykiotis Gerasimos (**)

Roles of Keap1/Nrf2 signaling in thyroglobulin regulation: impact on goiter and thyroid carcinoma.

Epidemiology and health systems Bochud Murielle (**)

To explore the link between objective nutrition biomarkers (blood or urine measurements) with genetic variants and cardiometabolic phenotypes in the general Swiss adult population. 

Epidemiology and health systems Pittet Valérie (*)

Machine learning approaches to help stratification and decision making in IBD

Fundamental Microbiology Collier Close Justine (")

Epigenetic control of the bacterial cell cycle

Fundamental Microbiology Engel Philipp (*)

Flexible; Area 1: Crosstalk between the human lung microbiota and the host immune system. Area 2: Ecology and evolution of the gut microbiota of social bees.

Fundamental Microbiology Gruber Stephan (*)

The interplay of two highly conserved systems (ParABS and SMC) in chromosome segregation and cellular regulation in bacteria.

Fundamental Microbiology Keel Christoph (**)

Plant disease and pest control by beneficial soil bacteria: molecular and ecological mechanisms

Fundamental Microbiology Martin Sophie (*)

How cells detect and orient cell polarization along gradients of chemo-attractants

Fundamental Microbiology Schaerli Yolanda (*)

A synthetic morphology toolbox for engineering bacterial self-organising populations

Fundamental Microbiology Veening Jan-Willem (**)

Systems and synthetic biology in the opportunistic human pathogen Streptococcus pneumoniae

Fundamental Neurosciences Bagni Claudia (*)

Developmental Neuroscience and Disease

Fundamental Neurosciences Bezzi Paola (*)

The PhD student will use Cre-Lox recombination, in vivo microdialysis, FACS sorting, in-utero and ex-utero electroporation, transcriptome sequencing, cell biology and imaging approaches and analysis (EM, TIRF and confocal). Parts of the project will involve the study of behavioral and cognitive phenotypes of transgenic mice models.

Fundamental Neurosciences Chatton Jean-Yves (**)

Lactate as a novel neuromodulator in several  brain regions: role for neuronal circuit modulation and behavior and its implications for the pathology of epilepsy.

Fundamental Neurosciences Fasshauer Dirk (**)

Molecular mechanism of neuronal secretion

Fundamental Neurosciences Puyal Julien (**)

Autophagy, cell death and neuroprotection against perinatal brain injuries

Fundamental Neurosciences Regazzi Romano (**)

Involvement of different classes of non-coding RNAs in Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes development

Fundamental Oncology Gfeller David (**)

Analysis of single-cell RNA-Seq data in tumor immunology

Fundamental Oncology Ho Ping-Chih (*)

Metabolic reinvigorating exhausted T cells for effective cancer immunotherapy

Fundamental Oncology Petrova Tatiana (*)

1. Mechanisms of resistance to  immune and chemotherapies in colorectal  cancer

2. Organ- and cancer-specific functions of vessels




Laboratories   Thesis Directors Subject proposed
Gastroenterology and Hepatology Gouttenoire Jérôme (**)

Mechanisms of hepatitis E virus replication

Gynecology, obstetrics and genetics Baud David (**)

Study the longitudinal behavior of biomarkers and microbiota indicative of preterm birth trhoughout the pregnancy

Hematology Duchosal Michel (**) Evaluate the effects of combined anti-NAD therapies on leukemia/lymphoma cell death.
Infectious Diseases Roger Thierry (**)

Less than 10 years ago, the term trained immunity (innate immune memory) was coined to reflect that the innate immune system recalls or adapt to a challenge to mount a robust response to a secondary challenge by a similar or dissimilar microbial stimulus. Trained immunity involves metabolic, epigenetic and transcriptional shifts in monocytes. We will analyze trained immunity on several angles including: 1) the breath of protection conferred, 2) the underlying mechanisms, and 3) the transgenerational effects

Information Systems/HEC Villa Alessandro (*)

Decision making processes in the human and the small rodents, thalamocortical interactions, neural networks dynamics

Institute of Higher Education and Research in Healthcare Horsh Antje (**)

- Intergenerational transmission of stress- and trauma-related consequences in the perinatal period

- Development of early psychological interventions

Microbiology Ciuffi Angela (**)

Dynamics of HIV latency at bulk and single-cell resolution

Musculoskeletal Medicine Favre Julien (*)

An interdisciplinary approach for healthier joints and movement

Neonatology Horsch Antje (**)

- Intergenerational transmission of stress- and trauma-related consequences in the perinatal period

- Development of early psychological interventions

Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging Schottelius Margret (*)

1. Fast and straightforward Fluorine-18-labeling of proteins for PET imaging of clinically relevant targets in immunotherapy

2. Development of targeted probes for molecular imaging of chemokine receptors

Ophtalmology Ionta Silvio (**)

1. Loss of vision increases our reliance on other senses, including touch. What are the neural correlates of this alteration? This project will use brain imaging and robotics to understand the effects of low vision on the neural re-weighting of touch

2. Eye-Hand Coordination is an apparently simple but indeed neurally demanding ability. How does visual impairment affect motor skills? This project combines Virtual Reality and Brain Stimulation to address this point in healthy and visually impaired adults and children/adolescents




Laboratories  Thesis Directors  Subject proposed
Pediatrics Renella Raffaele (**) Investigation of the molecular pathogenesis of pediatric myelodysplasia

Investigation of the molecular pathogenesis of pediatric myelodysplasia

Pharmacology and Toxicology Kellenberger Stephan (**) Regulation of acid-sensing ion channel function
Pharmacology and Toxicology Ocampo Alejandro (**)

Our main goal is to investigate the role of epigenetics as driver of aging and develop novel therapeutic approaches based on epigenetic reprogramming to slow down or reverse aging

Physiology Amati Francesca (**)

To identify new molecular actors and pathways involved in mitochondria fate in aging muscle and myopathies, going from the subcellular level to the whole organism (zebrafish)

Physiology Place Nicolas (*)

Intramuscular adaptations to high intensity interval training

Physiology Widmann Christian (**) Mechanisms of cell-permeable peptide uptake
Plant Molecular Biology Hardtke Christian (*)

Development of the Plant Vasculature

Plant Molecular Biology Nawrath Christiane (**)

Characterization of the role of CASPL-like proteins in the formation of the cell wall-cuticle continuum

Plant Molecular Biology Poirier Yves (**) Phosphate transport and homeostasis in plants

Psychiatric Epidemiology and Psychopathology

Preisig Martin (**)

Comprehensive prediction model of Suicide Attempts derived from a large community sample followed up over 10 years.

Psychiatry - Molecular psychiatry and epigenetics Cardinaux Jean-René (**)

Role of the transcription coactivator CRTC1 in depression and co-morbid obesity.

Psychiatry - Psychiatric Neuroscience Toni Nicolas (**)

Regulation of neural stem cell proliferation by astrocytes in the context of anxiety and depression

Radiology Bach Cuadra Meritxell (**)

1.  Advanced image processing for the quantitative analysis of the invivo thalamic nuclei from magnetic resonance imaging

2. Towards a personalized eye model for the study of ocular tumors based on Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Radiology Murray Micah (*)

Brain mechanisms of pediatric amblyopia and its rehabilitation with VR

Statistical Genetics Group Kutalik Zoltan (**)

Inference of causal biomarker network to boost drug repositioning and minimize side effects

Transplantation Immunopathology Laboratory

Golshayan Déla (*)

Biomarkers to predict allograft rejection and outcome after kidney transplantation



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AUGUST 30, 2019

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