Biomarkers Facility

The Biomarkers facility is dedicated to assist and perform genetic and biomarker analysis based on human biological samples.

MISSION

  • ADVISE researchers & DESIGN experimental protocols: in genetics and biomarkers

  • MANAGE dataflow and financial aspects: get quotes and establish links between existing local services.
  • PREPARE and ANALYSE collected samples at CB.

  • INTERPRET and DISCUSS the obtained results with researchers together with multimodal integration of other measures (fMRI, EEG, NIRS, TMS).

MEET THE TEAM

Scientific supervision of the Biomarkers facility is performed by Prof. Sophie SCHWARTZ (UNIGE), and Prof. Friedhelm HUMMEL (EPFL).

Dr. Kinga Igloi is responsible for the facility. Blanca Marin Bosch is the technician.

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Kinga Igloi

Biomarkers Facility Manager

<a href="https://hnp.fcbg.ch/people/blanca-marin-bosch/">Blanca Marin Bosch</a><a href="https://hnp.fcbg.ch/home/biomarkers/"></a>

Blanca Marin Bosch

Biomarkers Technician

SERVICES

GENOTYPING

from saliva or blood samples

Examples:

  • APOE3/4 (memory, Alzheimer’s) – BDNF val/met (synaptic plasticity)
  • 5-HTT serotonin transporter promoter (anxiety disorders)
  • COMT val/met (Parkinson’s, ADHD, schizophrenia…)
  • PER3 (circadian rhythms)
  • DRD2 dopamine D2 receptor (addiction disorders)
  • Polygenic risk scores

BIOMARKERS

from saliva or blood samples

Examples:

  • BDNF (memory)
  • Melatonin (sleep and circadian rhythms)
  • Oxytocin (maternal behavior and stress)
  • Cortisol (stress, emotions)
  • IGF1 (metabolic disorders)

WORKFLOW

SAMPLE COLLECTION

Blood samples can be taken by our medical assistants on site at the informary

PREPARATION AND ANALYSIS

Samples can be prepared (aliquoted) and analysed in a P2 biosafety laboratory – ground floor of H4

STORAGE

Freezers at -80C and -20C are available for storage of the samples in the basement

EQUIPMENT

Here is an overview of the equipment available for experiments

Blood sampling

An on-site medical assistant can assist and/or collect blood samples if necessary.

Blood Sampling Room

A dedicated space for blood sample collection.

Biomarkers Room

A room dedicated to sample preparation and analysis in the H4 building.

CONTACT

 

 Please contact us for specific inquiries, project applications or additional information on the facility.

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