Zoology and the other functional groups in the Department of Biology were merged last January. For your convenience and with the aim of maintaining presence on the web, this site will remain open for the coming year. However, the individual pages will no longer be maintained and many of the links will redirect you to the relevant page of the new Biology web site at www.unifr.ch/biology 

Welcome to Zoology, one of the units in the Department of Biology at Fribourg. We participate in the teaching leading to the award of a general euro-compatible (Bologna) BSc and offer the possibility of specialization in the field of neuro- and developmental biology, both at the euro-compatible MSc and PhD levels. Please feel free to browse our web pages and do not hesitate to contact our staff if you have any queries. The Zoology pages have been integrated into the Biology site whre you can find all relevant information.

News & coming events 

Jean Claude Dogoud (lab technician) has retired after about 40 years service at Zoology and, at the end of August Nanae Gendre also left Zoology after 31 years of service. 


Dominique Glauser has been awarded a SNSF professorship at Zoology in Fribourg. Dominique studied at the Universities of Neuchâtel (MSc) and Geneva (MSc & PhD) and worked as a postdoc at the Stanford School of Medecine. Since 2010 he has worked at Zoology as an independent group leader (SNSF/Ambizione grant). He is currently interested in nociception (the neural processes of encoding and processing noxious stimuli ) and avoidance in C. elegans.

And, more recently, he was awarded a SNSF "Starting grant" - the most important grant awarded to Swiss young researchers - for his work on the mechanisms of the feeling of pain. See http://www.unifr.ch/news/fr/13497 for the University press release.


Simon Specher is one of the 23 researchers newly elected to join the network of EMBO Young Investigators. "The status of YoungInvestigator offers a level of recognition that brings immediate benefits to scientists at an early stage of their careers. Financial support includes 15,000 euros per year for three years directly from the member state where the laboratories of the scientists are located. The researchers receive a range of benefits to help start their first independent research laboratories. Laboratory management and non-scientific skills training as well as PhD courses offer the young group leaders and their students the chance to develop professional skills. The scientists also receive access to core facilities at EMBL and funding for themselves and their group members to attend conferences." Use this link for the press release

How does our brain function? 

Simon Sprecher and his research group have been awarded a "Starting Grant" of SFr 1.5Mio for the next 5 years by the European Research Council into order to study how the brain functions using the model organism Drosophila melanogastor. This event is the subject of a news report on the main University web site and in the local newspaper "La Liberté"


Self repairing broken hearts: the amazing zebrafish.


Biological explorations in the Jaźwińska Lab at the University of Fribourg in Switzerland are looking into the genetic triggers of fin and heart regeneration in zebrafish and have made some intriguing discoveries that could benefit humans.  Part of a recent programme "36.9°" concerning heath matters, broadcast on the first French Swiss TV antenna (RTS Un), was devoted to heart infarction and stem tissue regeneration. The work of Prof. Anna Jazwinska and her research group on the zebrafish was featured (ca. min 37-40). The full programme can be seen at http://str02.infomaniak.ch/tsr/36/2012/36_20121212_full_f_699389-511k.m4v and if desired you can use the slider obtain the section related to their work.

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