Within the EpiPhysX consortium, the teams of Michel Milinkovitch, Bastien Chopard, Aurélien Roux and Marcos Gonzales-Gaitan (UNIGE) and Andreas Wagner (UNIZH) present the issues and potential applications in medicine and engineering of this research domain.
Film EpiPhysX: the Physics of Biology
A COST Action entitled ‘A European network of the HLA diversity for histocompatibility, clinical transplantation, epidemiology and population genetics (HLA-NET)’ was chaired by Alicia Sanchez-Mazas from 2009 to 2013.
Follow this link to read the success story of this program.
A team led by Roman Ulm has generated a transgenic plant which acclimatises constitutively, regardless of the level of UV-B. As described on November 25th, 2013 in PNAS, this plant displays a constantly active UV-B receptor, which endows it with a higher UV-B resistance, associated with increased flavonoid production.
Discover the heading ‘Focus on a research project’. Tai Wang, a doctoral student in the Department of Cell Biology, talks about his quest for a customized molecule against malaria.
Application deadline : December 15, 2013
Geneva offers an outstanding environment for study and research in the molecular life sciences in a beautiful natural setting. Highly motivated students with a Master’s degree or equivalent can apply to the program.
The team of Françoise Stutz has discovered how nuclear pores regulate the production speed of RNA from genes that dock in these compartments. This work, published on September 27, 2013 in Molecular Cell, reveals a new role for each nucleus’ several hundred pores, which constitute as many microscopic factories of gene transcription.
Researchers answer questions of the public about biology. (in French)
Chaque année, Unitec, le bureau de transfert de technologies et de compétences de l’UNIGE et des HUG, accorde jusqu’à 5 bourses INNOGAP d’un montant maximum de 30’000 CHF chacune à des chercheurs de l’UNIGE et des HUG afin de soutenir financièrement des projets en phase de “preuve de concept” ou de prototypage.
Prochain délai de soumission de demandes : lundi 30 septembre 2013
To study how the mammalian central clock synchronizes subordinate oscillators, Ueli Schibler’s group used a variety of genetic and technological tools developed in collaboration with a team of UNIGE physicists. In this way, the scientists were able to directly observe the bioluminescence emitted by ‘clock genes’ in mice for several months. This biotechnology, described in Genes & Development, is applicable to numerous sectors of biomedical research.
A study co-led by Françoise Stutz and published in Nature Structural & Molecular Biology reveals a novel process of suppression of a gene by transcripts of its complementary DNA. It is while succeeding in tracking each sense and antisense RNA molecule of the PHO83 gene that the researchers have discovered this mechanism, in individual yeast cells.