Organization and leadership

Part of the Faculty of Sciences at the University of Geneva, the Department of Cellular and Molecular Biology is located at the Sciences campus in Geneva. It is funded by the Canton and the University of Geneva, with additional support from numerous national and international funding agencies. The Department comprises of 11 research groups, various technology platforms, and a team of technical and administrative support. The Department Director runs the institute together with a co-Director and an administrative management team. 

Department Directorship

Prof. Orsolya Barabas, director



Hungarian by origin, Orsolya Barabas obtained her PhD in structural chemistry in October 2005 from the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest, Hungary. She then moved to Bethesda, MD, USA, where she carried our her postdoctoral work at the Laboratory of Molecular Biology, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, National Institutes of Health (NIH), with Dr. Frederick Dyda. In 2009, Orsolya became a Group Leader at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Heidelberg, Germany. Since 2021, she has been a Full Professor at the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology at the University of Geneva. 

More about Orsolya Barabas' research at the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology can be found here.



Prof. Françoise Stutz, co-director




Born and raised in Switzerland, Françoise Stutz obtained her PhD at the University of Geneva in 1986. After two short postdocs at the FMI (Basel) and CMU (Geneva), she joined the lab of Prof. Michael Rosbash in Boston, USA. In 1997, she started her own group as an SNF professor at the Institute of Microbiology, University of Lausanne. In 2003, she moved to the Dept. of Cell Biology at University of Geneva, where she became professor in 2010. Françoise was elected EMBO member in 2013.

More about Françoise Stutz's research at the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biologycan be found here.




Orsolya and Françoise teamed up to take over the Department leadership in July 2022. 


Technology platform leaders

CryoGEnic facility (DCI Geneva) Christoph BAUER Christoph.Bauer(at)unige.ch +41 (0)22 379 66 32
Bioimaging center Christoph BAUER Christoph.Bauer(at)unige.ch +41 (0)22 379 66 32
iGE3 Genomic platform Mylène DOCQUIER Mylene.Docquier(at)unige.ch +41 (0)22 379 50 31
Flow Cytometry Stéphanie HUGUES Stephanie.Hugues(at)unige.ch +41 (0)22 379 58 93
Protein production facility Oscar VADAS Oscar.Vadas(at)unige.ch +41 (0)22 379 56 71
Peptide production facility Oliver HARTLEY Oliver.Hartley(at)unige.ch +41 (0)22 379 54 75
BioCode: RNA to proteins (R2P) Olesya PANASENKO Olesya.Panasenko(at)unige.ch +41 (0)22 379 56 51
Proteomics core facility Alexandre HAINARD protplat-medecine(at)unige.ch +41 (0)22 379 59 28
Electron microscopy facility Michelangelo FOTI Michelangelo.foti(at)medecine.unige.ch +41 (0)22 379 52 04
Geneva antibody facility   antibodies(at)unige.ch +41 (0)22 379 52 95
BioSC José Manuel NUNES Jose.DeAbreuNunes(at)unige.ch +41 (0)22 379 36 83
BioImaging - Medecine faculty      
ACCESS Geneva Dimitri Moreau Dimitri.Moreau(at)unige.ch +41 (0)22 379 61 96


Administrative assistants

Cécile Bulut Cecile.Bulut(at)unige.ch +41 22 379 61 93 Sc3 3084
Agnès Lakhoua Agnes.Lakhoua(at)unige.ch +41 22 379 61 97  Sc3 3082
Francesca Losapio Francesca.Losapio(at)unige.ch +41 22 379 30 54 Sc3 2003B
Fabrice Mermoud Fabrice.Mermoud(at)unige.ch +41 22 379 61 29  Sc3 3082
Carol Metroz Carol.Metroz(at)unige.ch +41 22 379 66 70 Sc3 2003B
Véronica Pinna Rodriguez Veronica.Pinna(at)unige.ch +41 22 379 61 94 Sc3 3084