The Center for Integrative Genomics (CIG) at a glance
The Center for Integrative Genomics (CIG) is a department of the Faculty of Biology and Medicine of the University of Lausanne. The institute is located in the Génopode building, situated at the Dorigny campus. The CIG has three main missions:
1) The pursuit of an international competitive, first rate research program in the genomics field
2) The development of core facilities, offering support through cutting-edge technologies to the Lémanic research community and beyond
3) The development of an outstanding teaching program
The CIG encompasses 15 research groups, working on different aspects of genome structure, evolution and function in a wide variety of model systems and experimental settings. Research topics include the regulation of gene expression, organization of chromatin structure and mechanistic aspects of signal transduction cascades, as well as complex functions – such as embryonic development, physiological functions and behavior – from an organismal and/or genomics perspective.
Science at the CIG has always been and continues to be involved in numerous collaborative research projects and programs, both within Switzerland – quite often within the walls of the institute, with numerous interactions among groups, both in formal and informal settings – as well as beyond its borders, stretching out hands to the scientific community worldwide. Furthermore, research greatly benefits from technical support and theoretical advice from its core facilities, providing cutting edge knowledge and technologies in the fields of genomics and proteomics.
To train tomorrow’s scientists, CIG members are involved in teaching programs of the University of Lausanne and contribute to the development of new educational programs. Moreover, the institute offers a yearly program of seminars and lectures, as well as scientific meetings where not a few scientists with a solid international reputation come to visit the Génopode building to present the latest insights within their field.
The Centre for Integrative Genomics employs more than 200 people, from no less than 30 different countries, who contribute to the development of its research, technical and logistic support, its core facilities and its educational activities. They all have made the CIG to what it is: a place where excellent science is performed, by dedicated people with an open mind.