The Computational Systems Oncology lab integrates algorithmic design, data science, and molecular biology approaches to address relevant questions in cancer biology and therapeutics.

Our group is embedded within the Department of Computational Biology of the University of Lausanne and a member of the Swiss Cancer Center Leman, the Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics, the Center of Precision Oncology of the CHUV and Swiss Institute for Experimental Cancer Research (ISREC)

Cancer Evolutionary Dependencies

Cancer emerges through the occurrence and selection of molecular alterations. We aim at understanding factors that favor or veto selection of specific alterations, a.k.a. evolutionary dependencies (EDs). In particular, we focus on concurrent or mutually exclusive selection of genetic alteations and whether these EDs can inform response to therapy.

Cancer Cell Plasticity

Cancer cells can change their phenotype or even their identity without modifying their genetic code. We are interested in understanding epigenetic and transcriptional reprogramming programs that underlie cancer cell plasticity. We study features of plastic reprogramming among different patients and within individual tumors, using cutting edge single cell and spatial -omics technologies.

Chromatin 3D Architecture

A key paradigm in biology is that structure determines function. Whether and to what extent this holds true for chromatin 3D architectures remains an open question. Here, we study chromatin structural changes in response to cancer genetic variants and epigenetic reprogramming. Our goal is to decipher chromatin plasticity and determine how it is hijacked in and/or it influences tumor phenotypes.

Currently open positions:

  • Post-doc position available in our lab!

    We are looking for outstanding candidates for a a post-doctoral position in our group! Candidates for this position will work in the context of a large and multidisciplinary consortium aimed at developing personalized health approaches in oncology in Switzerland.

    The project will focus on the design, development, and application of algorithmic approaches and computational resources to study tumor genomic profiles of cancer patients. The appointee will develop her/his research projects while working in a highly collaborative team including computational and experimental cancer biologists and oncologists at UNIL, EPFL, the Swiss Cancer Center Leman (https://sccl.ch), and the Center for Precision Oncology of the University Hospital of Lausanne (CHUV).

    A Ph.D. in computer science or related field is preferred, but applicants with a Ph.D. in Life Sciences are also welcomed to apply. Previous experience in cancer genomics is highly preferred. At least one first/main author publication in a peer-reviewed journal is required.

    To Apply
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