Physician and biologist
Béatrice Desvergne is a physician - specialist in anesthesia and resuscitation -, a biologist and holder of a degree in philosophy. After a few years of medical practice, she was trained in research at Inserm in Rennes, France, and then completed a 4-year post-doctoral fellowship at the National Institutes of Health (Bethesda, USA) in the field of molecular endocrinology. She joined the University of Lausanne in 1992 as an assistant professor and pursued her academic career at the Centre Intégratif de Génomique, in the Faculty of Biology and Medicine, as an associate professor and then as a full professor. She was the Dean of this faculty from 2012 to 2015. In 2019, she became Honorary Professor of the University of Lausanne. This career path allows her to be experienced both in medical practice and in fundamental research in biology. Expert in the field of genetic regulation, her research activities have been deployed more particularly in the context of metabolic diseases such as diabetes. In the field of teaching, she has participated in numerous initiatives encouraging the training of future biologists and physicians to develop a critical view of research and medical practices. She actively participated in the implementation of the first ethics course in science, a course spanning the first three years of biology studies. As dean of the Faculty of Biology and Medicine, she has strongly encouraged computational biology and has worked to set up the first infrastructures for the development of personalized medicine. This is also the field she explored further as a visiting professor at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris (fall 2016). In 2019, she published a book entitled "From biology to personalized medicine- Better care tomorrow?" at Rue d'Ulm Editions.