Caroline Tapparel Vu obtained her PhD in Molecular Virology at the Faculty of Medicine in Geneva. After postdoctoral trainings in human genetics and bacteriology, she became group leader at the University Hospitals of Geneva in 2005 and Professor at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Geneva since 2014. Her research, supported by the SNSF since 2010, aims to study the mechanisms behind the genetic and phenotypic diversity of rhinoviruses and enteroviruses, two important human pathogens. She has received multiple awards, including the “Prix 3R” from the University of Geneva, the “Prix Naef and Philanthropia” for in vitro research and the “Prix Leenaards” for translational medical research.
About the University of Geneva
The Faculty of medicine of the University of Geneva Medical School (an important research institution in Switzerland) leads internationally recognized research, in partnership with the largest hospital complex in Switzerland, the Geneva University Hospitals (HUG). Over 250 research groups are divided into three main sections (fundamental, clinical and dental medicine) showing a major translational research capacity. The Department of Microbiology and Molecular Medicin (MIMOL), one of the six departments leading fundamental research, studies the biology of microorganisms (parasites, fungi, bacteria and viruses), and their interactions with the infected host. The Biology-Medicine PhD school supervises and educates students who undertake a PhD thesis in life sciences within the Faculty of Medicine.