Département de biologie moléculaire
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Our department belongs to the Section of Biology of the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Geneva


Our department belongs to the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Geneva. We are one of the oldest molecular biology departments in the world, where restriction enzymes were first discovered - Nobel prize 1978 - and where electron microscopy of biological materials was developed - Nobel prize 2017 (see History).

Molecular Biology Department members in 2017

The research activities of the Department of Molecular Biology address several important areas of molecular and cellular biology, such as tumor suppression and responses to DNA damage and DNA replication stress, the signalling pathways that orchestrate eukaryote cell growth, the regulation of gene expression by non-coding RNAs, molecular mechanisms of the mammalian circadian clock, telomere function and gene silencing in yeast, regulation of chromatin structure, nucleosome organization and kinetochore function, retina development, chromosome/chromatin organization and dynamics, photoreceptor-mediated light signaling in higher plants and assembly of the photosynthetic apparatus in Chlamydomonas.

One of the strengths of the department is to harbor such a wide range of research interests, which often leads to fertile interactions between members of the different research units. That this strategy has been sucessful is shown by the various awards given to different department members:

In addition to the awards listed above, three members of our faculty are currently funded in part by ERC grants. Two of these are Consolidator grants and one is an Advanced grant.

Our University scores consistently high on various rankings of European Universities. For example, on the ranking from Leiden University , the University of Geneva is on 14th place.

The department is very proud of its doctoral school. Ph.D. students receive an excellent theoretical and practical education in biomedical research, and have a regular opportunity to present their research work in a weekly departmental seminar series (see Ph.D. program).


Next seminar

A150, Sciences II

Thomas Jentsch

FMP Berlin

The volume-regulated anion channel VRAC: molecular identity and diverse functions

Host: Jean Gruenberg

Paper of the month

From Halazonetis Lab

Monitoring early S-phase origin firing and replication fork movement by sequencing nascent DNA from synchronized cells.
Nat Protoc, ; 14 (1): 51-67


From Pillai Lab

Methylation of Structured RNA by the m6A Writer METTL16 Is Essential for Mouse Embryonic Development.
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Mol Cell, ; 71 (6): 986-1000.e11

From Shore Lab

Distinct patterns of histone acetyltransferase and Mediator deployment at yeast protein-coding genes.
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Genes Dev, ; 32 (17-18): 1252-1265