His main research interests lie in understanding fundamental cell division processes, notably in the context of a developing organism and with a focus on the mechanisms governing centriole biogenesis and centrosome duplication as well as asymmetric cell division, a crucial phenomena for generating cellular diversity during development and in stem cell lineages.
Gonzalez-Gaitan main research interest is the biophysics and cell biology of endocytic trafficking during morphogenetic signalling and asymmetric cell division, to understand how cells talk to each other during development in physical and molecular terms and how the shape and final size of a tissue is achieved during embryogenesis.
Robbie Loewith is Full Professor and Director of the Department of Molecular Biology. With particular focus on the Target Of Rapamycin kinases, his group uses chemical genetic approaches in yeast to dissect complex signalling pathways conserved in all eukaryotes.
Stefan Matile research focuses at the interface of synthetic organic, biological and supramolecular materials chemistry with emphasis on the creation of functional biosupramolecular systems for broad applications such as organic solar cells, biosensors and the many ways to move across a bilayer membrane. He is an ERC Advanced Investigator, a project leader of the NCCR Chemical Biology as well as President of the School of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the UNIGE.
Under the direction of Gearardo Turcatti, the Academic Chemical Screening platform of Switzerland (ACCESS) provides the scientific community with chemical diversity, screening facilities, medicinal chemistry and know-how in chemical genetics.
Nicolas Winssinger lab aims to develop innovative methodologies in organic and bioorganic chemistry to address problems in biology. The group is particularly interested in the use of small molecules to probe dynamic processes in biological systems. The lab develops microarray-based tools to measure enzymatic activity on a proteomic scale, synthesise libraries of inhibitors and is also interested in imaging technologies to visualize biological events.