A PhD at the CIG: at the cutting edge of modern biology
We are in the midst of a revolution in the biological sciences. A wealth of genome sequences, from bacteria to humans, provides a basis for understanding the common properties of living organisms and the variations that contribute to their diversity. This flood of information has come hand-in-hand with a spectacular development of technologies that now allow investigation of biological systems at the genomic, proteomic, cellular and organismal levels.
The Center for Integrative Genomics (CIG) at the University of Lausanne was established to take advantage of this revolution and offers an outstanding intellectual and integrative environment for PhD studies. The CIG is currently home to about 40 PhD students and 50 postdoctoral fellows coming from all over the world. These junior scientists are central to the life and research of the CIG.
Mentorship of PhD students
PhD students benefit from the supervision of a thesis committee, in addition to their research supervisor. The CIG has also organized a support program, in which each PhD student selects a second member of the CIG Faculty as an academic mentor. This mentor provides support and advice during the PhD studies, and can act as a reference later. In principle, the academic mentor works on a different topic than the one the PhD student is working on, as this should help to provide different points of view and broaden horizons and connections.
CIG yearly retreat
The CIG organizes each year a retreat in the swiss mountains, an occasion for all its members to discuss science and get to know each other better.
Besides the group meetings, each floor holds regular seminars where PhDs and Postdocs present their research progress. Also, CIG wide seminars are organize once a month, at which several PhDs and Postdocs give short presentations on their projects.