The Section

Biology in Geneva, an international center of excellence

Life Sciences are experiencing a significant growth, thanks to the new tools of biology. The University of Geneva contributes notoriously to this success, given that its Department of Molecular Biology, one of the top three in Europe, paved the way for modern genetics. Werner Arber was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1978. Since then, professors from the Section of Biology have collected major national and international awards. This includes the European Louis Jeantet Prize for Medicine awarded to Professor Ulrich Laemmli in 1996 for his work on chromosomes, to Professor Denis Duboule in 1998 for his work on embryonic development, and in 2000 to Professor Ulrich Schibler for his work on cellular clocks. More recently, ten of its professors have received prestigious grants from the European Research Council.

Genetics has been identified as a priority research domain at the University of Geneva, which hosted the National Center of Competence in Research (NCCR) Frontiers in Genetics from 2001 to 2013. Biology in Geneva has thus continued to develop excellence at a high international level. A close collaboration established with the Faculty of Medicine has, more recently, led to the creation and development of the Institute of Genetics and Genomics in Geneva. Our Section is also involved in research projects of the NCCR Chemical Biology.

Alongside this center of gravity of genetics and molecular biology, botany, zoology and ecology are important elements of knowledge of biodiversity, the environment and ecological balance. The various aspects of the history of human settlement are also a focus of the Section of Biology.

The University of Geneva provides an education and training of quality and diversity in the fields of basic research in molecular and cell biology, genetics and evolution, developmental biology and medical biology, as well as in domains dedicated to the history of human beings, and human, plant, animal and microbial biodiversity.

The close links with other institutions in Geneva, such as the Conservatory and Botanical Garden, the Museum of Natural History, the University Hospitals and Faculty of Medicine, contribute to the diversity and richness of biological research in our University.

The excellence of biology at the University of Geneva has also been recognized by independent organizations such as the CHE in Germany.