Denis Duboule

duboule Denis Duboule is born in 1955 and is both swiss and french national. He studied biology at the university of Geneva, where he obtained a PhD in mammalian embryology in 1984. He then spent 10 years abroad, first in the medical faculty in Strasbourg (France), then at the european laboratory for molecular biology (EMBL) in Germany as a group leader. In 1993, he was appointed full professor at the university of Geneva, where he chairs the dept of zoologie and animal biology ever since 1997. Since 2001, he chairs the national center of research ‘Frontiers in Genetics’ and is also full professor at the federal institute of technology (EPFL) in Lausanne since 2006.

His research activities are in the fields of embryology, genetics and developmental genomics of mammals, in an evolutionnary context. In particular, his laboratory has been closely associated with the structural and functional studies of mammalian Hox genes, by using mouse molecular genetic approaches. For the past many years, the main aim of the laboratory is to understand how the transcription of Hox genes is coordinately regulated, during development, such as to promote a coherent organization of structures, and how such regulatory capacities have evolved within the vertebrate lineage. Duboule is member of several academies in Switzerland, France, the Netherland and the USA and has received various scientific prizes and awards, amongst which the Louis-Jeantet Prize for medicine in 1998 and the Grand Prix de Biologie C.L. Meyer from the french academy of Sciences. He is married and has between two to four children, two bikes and a Gibson 355 stereo.

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