Stem cells organize themselves into pseudo-embryos


In collaboration with the University of Cambridge and the EPFL, the group of Denis Duboule has developed murine artificial pseudo-embryos capable of forming the three major axes of the body. These ‘gastruloids’, detailed on October 3, 2018 in Nature, possess a remarkable potential for the study of the early stages of normal or pathological embryonic development.

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Séance d’accueil des nouveaux étudiants

17 septembre 2018

Auditoire A 300, dès 8h30
Sciences II, 30 quai Ernest-Ansermet, rez-de-chaussée

9h45 Conférence intitulée “L’informatique à l’intersection des disciplines scientifiques”, prononcée par le Dr Jonas LATT du Département d’informatique

A l’issue de cette conférence, la séance d’information de la biologie se déroulera dans l’auditoire A 300, avec le professeur Didier Picard, président de la Section


Certificate in Industrial Life Sciences – CILS


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This Certificate aims at improving the employability of students who hold a university degree in Life Sciences (master or PhD in biochemistry, bioinformatics, biology, chemistry, pharmaceutical sciences) and the program has been designed to bridge the gap between Academic and Industrial Life Sciences.


Registration deadline: September 30, 2018

Join the new PhD School in Life Sciences of the University of Geneva


This multidisciplinary doctoral training meets international criteria of excellence, reflecting the leading position of the University of Geneva among Europe’s most innovative institutions.

Highly motivated students with a Master’s degree or equivalent are welcome to apply to one or two of its six innovative doctoral programmes:

– Biomedical Sciences
– Ecology and Evolution
– Genomics and Digital Health
– Molecular Biosciences
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– Physics of Biology

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Germination: defeating bacteria with their own weapons


In collaboration with researchers from EPGL, the team of Luis Lopez-Molina has identified a toxin produced by Pseudomonas aeruginosa, called AMB. The toxin causes the seeds to block their germination, to avoid exposing the seedlings to deadly infections caused by this pathogen, after germination. These results were published on August 28, 2018 in eLife.

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Measuring the tension of a cell with a fluorescent molecule


Researchers from UNIGE and the NCCR Chemical Biology, among which Robbie Loewith, have joined forces to create a fluorescent molecule to measure the tension of the cell plasma membrane. These results, published on August 27, 2018 in Nature Chemistry and Nature Cell Biology, pave the way for many applications, including in the detection of cancer cells, which typically display aberrantly high membrane tension.

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