Where we are


We are a research group working on mechanical heterogeneities in plant development. We are a dynamic and interdisciplinary team of friendly and highly interactive people. Our laboratory is located at the Department of Plant Molecular Biology (DBMV) at the University of Lausanne. The DBMV is the largest research centre in Switzerland dedicated to the molecular and mechanistic understanding of plant biology. The department hosts 8 laboratories with more than 75 staff members. The DBMV has state-of-the-art facilities and is devoted to high quality research as witnessed by publications in high impact journals. The Department is part of the Faculty of Biology and Medicine, which together with neighbouring Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), creates a very dynamic research environment in the campus.

The University of Lausanne (UNIL) is located on the shores of Lake Geneva with a beautiful view on the Alps. The university is composed of seven faculties with more than 15 000 students and around 4 000 employees. The research is conducted in three main areas: human and social sciences, life sciences and medicine, and environmental sciences.

The main EPFL campus in Lausanne sits on the shores of Lake Geneva (Credit: Mediacom EPFL; CC BY-SA 4.0)

Lausanne is the capital of the French-speaking canton of Vaud and the fourth largest city in Switzerland after Basel, Geneva, and Zurich. The population of the metropolitan area of Lausanne-Geneva is around 1.3 million people and is the fastest growing in Switzerland.

Lausanne is an old medieval city with a 12th-century Gothic cathedral and the Palais de Rumine, which hosts fine art and science museums. You can find here the Olympic Museum and lakeshore Olympic Park. The city has a metro system, making it the smallest city in the world to have a rapid transit system.

Switzerland is a country of lakes, pictoresque villages, medieval cities and high peaks of the Alps. The country is known for its ski resorts, hiking trails, but also Swiss watches and chocolatewiki.