Laboratories offering master projects

Students enrolled in a master thesis in a laboratory not listed above can nevertheless apply to this master program providing that 1) their project is related to Genetics, Development and Evolution; 2) their laboratory is recognized by the University of Geneva and 3) they follow the courses of this master. The director of their laboratory should contact the coordinators of the GDE program.

Development of vertebrates

“Why is the thumb different from the other fingers?”<a href="/en/laboratories#laboratory_16">Duboule&#39;s laboratory</a>

Denis Duboule laboratory uses mouse molecular genetics to study the regulation of Hox genes, a family of genes that is essential for animal development and evolution

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Molecular and cellular basis of regeneration

“How to keep young and regenerate?”<a href="/en/laboratories#laboratory_17">Galliot&#39;s laboratory</a>

Brigitte Galliot laboratory uses the Hydra model system to identify the molecular and cellular mechanisms that support regeneration in adult organisms. Projects focus on the signaling that link stress response to reactivation of a developmental program.

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Biophysics and cell biology of signaling

“Which lessons can we take from  Drosophila about mathematics?”<a href="/en/laboratories#laboratory_18">Gonzalez Gaitan&#39;s laboratory</a>

Marcos Gonzalez Gaitan laboratory studies in physical and molecular terms how is the shape and final size of a tissue achieved during embryogenesis. Projects focus on (1) growth control by morphogen gradients and (2) asymmetric cell division in stem cells.

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Cancer genetics and development

“How to dissect the molecular mechanisms that lead to cancer?”<a href="/en/laboratories#laboratory_19">Halazonetis&#39;s laboratory</a>

Thanos Halazonetis laboratory studies the mechanisms by which driver and passenger mutations are acquired during cancer development.

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Genetics of the Bithorax complex in drosophila

“Which lessons can we take from Drosophila about chromosomal architecture?”<a href="/en/laboratories#laboratory_20">Karch&#39;s laboratory</a>

François Karch laboratory studies in the developing Drosophila the importance of the chromosomal context in the mechanisms underlying transcriptional regulation of gene expression.

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Growth control by the tor pathway in S. cerevisiae

“How do eukaryotes regulate their growth?”<a href="/en/laboratories#laboratory_21">Loewith&#39;s laboratory</a>

Robbie Loewith laboratory uses genetic, biochemical, and chemical approaches to study the function of the medically relevant Ser/Thr kinase TOR in Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Projects include the molecular characterization of novel TOR effectors.

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Aging and hypoxia in the nematode

“How to retard aging?”<a href="/en/laboratories#laboratory_22">Martinou&#39;s laboratory</a>

Jean-Claude Martinou laboratory is using the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans to dissect the mechanisms involved in adaptation to stress. His lab proposes projects on the mechanisms of (1) aging and (2) cell sensitivity to oxygen deprivation.

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Complexity and biodiversity in vertebrates

“How does diversity develop in vertebrates?”<a href="/en/laboratories#laboratory_23">Milinkovitch&#39;s laboratory</a>

Michel Milinkovitch laboratory investigates natural populations in the wild and new model organisms in the lab, for understanding the evolutionary and developmental mechanisms underlying the emergence of complexity and biodiversity.

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Mechanisms of sex determination in drosophila

“How to become a sexual organism?”<a href="/en/laboratories#laboratory_24">Pauli&#39;s laboratory</a>

Daniel Pauli laboratory is using Drosophila genetics to investigate the mechanisms of Sex determination and early development of germinal cells.

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Perception of pheromones in mammals

“How to find a partner?”<a href="/en/laboratories#laboratory_25">Rodriguez&#39;s laboratory</a>

Ivan Rodriguez laboratory is using mouse genetics to dissect the organization of vertebrate neuronal systems involved in the perception of the outside world. His lab proposes projects on: The perception of pheromones in mammals.

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Evolution of diversity in human populations

“How do human populations evolve genetically?”<a href="/en/laboratories#laboratory_26">Sanchez-Mazas&#39;s laboratory</a>

Alicia Sanchez-Mazas laboratory investigates the genetic diversity and evolution of human populations through the data analysis of numerous polymorphisms.

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Regulation of mammalian physiology by the circadian clock

“How to set the circadian oscillators present in all body cells?”<a href="/en/laboratories#laboratory_27">Schibler&#39;s laboratory</a>

Ueli Schibler laboratory uses genetic and biochemical tools in mice and cultured cells to investigate how the mammalian circadian system governs mammalian physiology. His lab proposes projects on the molecular makeup of circadian oscillators and the signaling transduction pathways connecting them.

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Telomere replication and ribosome biogenesis in yeast

“How do eukaryotes regulate gene expression?”<a href="/en/laboratories#laboratory_28">Shore&#39;s laboratory</a>

David Shore laboratory is using the yeast model system to understand the relationships between chromosome structure, gene regulation and genome stability. Projects on (1) Telomere replication and protection; (2) Transcriptional networks regulating ribosome biogenesis.

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Behavioral neuroscience & neurodegeneration

“What can we learn about brain function and dysfunction from Drosophila?”<a href="/en/laboratories#laboratory_29">Nagoshi&#39;s laboratory</a>

Emi Nagoshi laboratory takes a multidisciplinary approach combining molecular biology, high-throughput genomic techniques, genetics, behavioral assays and live-imaging in Drosophila.

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