Dr ès Sciences, Professeure HES ordinaire, Vice-Doyenne Ra&D et transfert d'expertise
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I am primarily a Scientist; I aspire to provide my knowledge, energy and skills to bring about concrete actions in Science. My curiosity and my ability to interact with scientists of different disciplines, from biologists, geneticists, clinicians, and mathematicians to nurses, have resulted into successful collaborations and allowed me to be part of a large network of world experts in those fields. Through my activities as group leader and currently as vice-dean for research, I have acquired excellent negotiation, management and communication skills. My experience in research, in several research institutions in Switzerland (EPFL, EAWAG, UNIL and HES-SO) and overseas provides me a deep understanding of research landscape in Switzerland. In addition, my career path from engineering to biology, evolution genetics and health provided me with a deep understanding of the major challenges in Science.

Work experiences

  • 2017 – Full Professor, Vice-Dean for Research

La Source, School of Nursing, University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland (HES-SO), Lausanne.

  • 2015 – 2017 Senior Research Associate

Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Jensen Lab.

· Publication of 5 papers in international journals, with 1 more in preparation

· International representation of the institution at conferences 2 times

· Co-supervision of a PhD student (U.S. Fulbright student), 3 master students

  • 2014 – 2015 Senior Research Associate

Institute of Microbiology (IMUL) Lausanne University Hospital and University of Lausanne.

· Deeper knowledge in microbiology, more specifically on HIV

· Publication of 3 papers in international journals, with 3 more in preparation

· International representation of the institution in conferences: 4-time invited speaker

· Co-supervision of PHD student (U.S. Fulbright student)

· Member of the scientific committee and organizing committee for the ESB conference (1400 participants)

· Preparation of 4 grant proposals (1 awarded 1 awaiting decision)

· Establishment of new projects and collaborations within the institution including with Profs G. Greube, S. Kunz and Drs. A. Cost and A. Cuiffi

  • 2009 -2013 Group leader, (Ambizione fellowship awarded by the Swiss National Science Foundation)

Department of Ecology and Evolution, University of Lausanne, Switzerland.

· Production of 16 International scientific publications, two highlighted in F1000 and one in Science

· Fundraising of 985,000.- CHF, from 3 SNF grants and 1 FBM grant

· Design and delivery of a new course and practical on R for the both the Master and doctoral school entitled “Introduction to network analysis for biologists”, reward by excellent evaluations with high attendance (25 students)

· Supervision of 1 PhD Student (now at Stanford University) and Master students (6)

· Establishment of new projects and collaborations within the institution including with Profs N. Perrin, J. Goudet, T.Schwander, Ph. Christe, A. Telenti and Dr. L. Fumagalli

· International representation of the institution: 7-time invited speaker, 7 scientific talks in conferences, 12 international conference attendances, 2 visiting stays (one in the US and one in Australia)

· Reviewer for 29 international scientific journals, and 9 International and National Research Agencies

· Member of two thesis committees

· Member of the scientific committee and organizing committee for the ESB conference (1400 participants)

· Organization of seminars for world leading scientists including Profs. R. Lande, H. Possingham, N. Barton, T. Lenormand, S. Billiard and S. Bonhoeffer.

  • 2006-2008 Scientific Collaborator and Lecturer

Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland.

· Design and delivery of a new course on Landscape Ecology, Biodiversity Management and Ecological Networks with practical using GIS for the Master school

· Preparation of 3 grant proposals (2 awarded)

· Supervision of Master students (2)

· Member of one thesis committee

· Publication of 7 papers in international journals

  • 2005-2006 Postdoctoral Research fellow, Fish Ecology and Evolution

EAWAG – ETH domain, Switzerland – in collaboration with R. Lande.

· Study of population genetics trained by Prof. R. Lande and in mechanisms of speciation trained by Prof. O. Seehausen.

· Conceptualization and implementation of a model for evaluating conditions for the invasion of a sex determining genes, applied to Cichlid fishes.

  • 2004-2005 Postdoctoral Research fellow (funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation)

University of Queensland, Australia.

· Study of conservation biology, management and resource allocation

· Conceptualization and implementation of a model for evaluating species persistence in complex environments

  • 1999- 2004 Research Engineer

Institute of Environmental Science and Technology, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale Lausanne, (EPFL) Switzerland.

· Conceptualization and implementation of a simulation study integrating object-oriented paradigms (Delphi) and Geographical Information Systems to simulate species dispersal.

· Design and realisation of an Interdisciplinary project involving ecology, conservation, environment and Agriculture Education


  • 2000 – Dec. 2003 PhD in Sciences, EPFL

«Dispersal modelling: integrating landscape features, behavior and metapopulations», Institute of  Environmental Science and Technology, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale Lausanne, EPFL, Switzerland.

  • 1994 – March 1999 Bachelor and Master in Environmental Engineering, EPFL

Major in Environmental Science, Master’s Thesis realized in Madagascar: «Spatial distribution of poaching on Lemur: a simulation study and GIS database for NGOs in the South of Madagascar», Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland.

Scientific committee

  • Membre Conseil Recherche Innovation Créativité – HES-SO, 1019-
  • Vice-présidente Comité RaD du Domaine Santé HES-SO, 2019 –
  • Comité Directeur BEST: Le Bureau d’Echange des Savoirs pour des praTiques exemplaires de soins 2019-
  • Scientific expert LIFE CROAA – programme européen LIFE description de l’organisation Le LIFE CROAA est financé avec le concours de la Commission Européenne dans le cadre du programme européen LIFE 2015-
  • Member of the thesis committee of Eric Dexter PhD. student – Prof. Bollens, Stephen, Washington State University, April 2019.
  • Member of the scientific committee for the XV ESEB (European Society for Evolutionary Biology) congress 2015, 10-14 August
  • Member of the organizing committee for the XV ESEB (European Society for Evolutionary Biology) congress 2015, 10-14 August
  • Committee member of the CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, ) 2014-
  • Member of the thesis committee of Erica Fumagalli supervised by Prof. L. Lehmann, University of Lausanne, 2014.
  • Member of the committee « AGIR pour l’égalité » of the Faculty of Biology and Medicine. University of Lausanne, 2012 – 2013.
  • Member of the thesis committee of Sebastian Novak PhD. student – Prof. N. Barton, 2012. at IST Vienna
  • Member of Scientific committee for the election of a group leader at ETH-EAWAG- Prof. J. Jokela, 2008.
  • Member of the thesis committee of Stephane Joost, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale Lausanne, EPFL, 2006.
  • Member of the National Forum on Ecological Compensation Areas 2001-2003.
  • Member of the Research Commission, Environmental Sciences and Engineering Section, EPFL, 2004-2005.

Referee for International Journals

  • The American Naturalist, Animal, Biological Invasion, Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, Conservation Biology, Ecography, Ecology, Evolution, Landscape and Urban Planning, Ecological Applications, Ecological Modelling, Ecology, Evolution, Evolutionary Ecology, Functional Ecology, Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, Frontiers in Genetics, Genetics, Journal of Applied Ecology Biology, Journal of Evolutionary Biology, Journal of Theoretical Biology, Landscape Ecology, Methods in Ecology and Evolution, Molecular Ecology, Oikos, Plos One, Proceedings of the Royal Society B Biological Sciences, Theoretical Population Biology.

External referee for International and National research agencies

  • American National Science Foundation (NSF), Canada Foundation for Innovation, Czech Science Foundation, French National Research Agency (ANR), Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP), Natural Sciences and Engineering Research, Council of Canada; Ouranos – Consortium sur les changements climatiques (Canada), Swiss National Science Foundation.

Invited seminars

  • Keynote speaker for symposium on Plant and Animal Conservation Ecology PACE15, invited by Society of Conservation Biology, Europe  Section (SCB-EU-CH) and the Swiss Biodiversity Forum (SCNAT), 11 February 2015, Eawag Dübendorf.
  • Keynote speaker for 8° Symposium “Eco-evolutionary dynamics”, Thursday 5 February 2015 at the University of Antwerp, Belgium.
  • Université d’Angers invited by Prof. J. Secondi November 7, 2012.
  • IST, Austria invited by Prof. Nick Barton. Sept. 4, 2012.
  • On the intersection of landscape genomics and theoretical population genetics. MESSAGE workshop December 13, 2012, EPFL, Lausanne.
  • University Paris-Sud France, invited by Dr. T. Giraud, December 15, 2011.
  • University of Bern, Zoology seminar Bern Switzerland.invited by Prof.  L. Excoffier, November 24 2008.
  • Landscape Genetics, Grenoble, France. October 20.– 23 2008.
  • ETH -EAWAG, Ecology and evolution, Switzerland, invited by Prof. O. Seehaussen, May 28 2008.
  • ETH -WSL, Research Unit Ecological Genetics & Evolution, Birmensdorf Switzerland, invited by Dr. F. Gügerli, July, 18 2007.
  • Ohio State University. Columbus, US, Invited by the Mathematical Biosciences Institute, March 23 2006.
  • University of Lausanne, Department of Ecology and Evolution,  Switzerland invited by Prof. N. Perrin February 22. 2006.

Visiting and invited stays

  • University of Florida, Gainesville, Prof. Holt’s Lab, 10-23 January 2010.
  • University of Queensland, Australia, Prof. Hugh Possingham’ s lab, 12 Feb. – 8 March 2009.
  • University of Leiden, The Netherland, Prof. JJM van Alphen and Prof. R. Lande (UC, San Diego), 16-21 December 2006.
  • University of Columbus, Ohio, The Mathematical Biosciences Institute, 20-31 March 2006.
  • University of Leiden, The Netherland, Prof. JJM van Alphen and Prof. R. Lande (UC, San Diego), 15-19 August and 19-23 December 2005.


  • Vajana E., I. Widmer, E. Rochat, S. Duruz, O. Selmoni, Vuilleumier S., S. Aeby, G. Greub and S. Joost, 2019. Indication of spatially random occurrence of Chlamydia-like organisms in Bufo bufo tadpoles from ponds located in the Geneva metropolitan area. New Microbes and New Infections, 27, 54-63


  • Dexter E., Bollens S. M., Cordell J., Young Soh H., Rollwagen-Bollens G., Pfeifer S. P., Goudet J., Vuilleumier S., 2018. A genetic reconstruction of the invasion of the calanoid copepod Pseudodiaptomus inopinus across the North American Pacific Coast. Biological Invasions.


  • Alcala N., Jenkins T., Christe P., Vuilleumier S., 2017. Host shift and cospeciation rate estimation from co-phylogenies. Ecology Letters. DOI: 10.1111/ele.12799.
  • Chaput-Bardy A., Alcala N., Secondi J., Vuilleumier S., 2017. Network analysis for species management in rivers networks: Application to the Loire River. Biological Conservation. 210: 26-36.


  • Irwin KK., Laurent S., Matuszewski S., Vuilleumier S., Ormond L., Shim H., Bank B., and Jensen JD.­ 2016. On the importance of skewed offspring distributions and background selection in viral population genetics. Heredity. 117(6):393-399. doi:10.1038/hdy.2016.58
  • Alcala N., Jensen J D., Telenti A., Vuilleumier S., 2016. The genomic signature of population reconnection following isolation: From theory to HIV. G3 Genes Genomes Genetics, 6(1): 107-120.
  • Büchi L., Vuilleumier S., 2016. Ecological strategies in stable and disturbed environments depend on species specialisation. Oikos 125, (10): 1408–1420



  • Stoffel C., Dufresnes C., Okello J. BA, Noirard C., Joly P., Nyakaana S., Muwanika V. B, Alcala N., Vuilleumier S., Siegismund H R, Fumagalli L. 2015. Genetic consequences of population expansions and contractions in the common hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius) since the Late Pleistocene. Molecular Ecology 24(10) pp. 2507-2520. [DOI] [Pubmed]
  • Vuilleumier S., Bonhoeffer S. 2015. Contribution of recombination to the evolutionary history of HIV. Current Opinion in HIV & AIDS, Vol 10.



  • Alcala N., Vuilleumier S., 2014. Turnover and accumulation of genetic diversity across large time-scale cycles of population isolation and connection. Proceedings of the Royal Society. B Biological Sciences pp. 2014 281, 20141369.
  • Alcala N., Goudet J., Vuilleumier S., 2014. Measuring genetic diversity and differentiation:  what we can learn from GST and D? Theoretical population Biology 94:74-84.
  • Büchi L. and Vuilleumier S., 2014. Specialists-generalists coexistence in heterogeneous environments. The American Naturalist, 183(5): 612–624.



  • Alcala N., Streit D., Goudet J., Vuilleumier S., 2013. Peak and Persistent Excess of Genetic Diversity Following an Abrupt Migration Increase. Genetics 193(3) pp. 953-971.*

*Written up in Faculty1000 Biology

  • Joost S., Vuilleumier S., Jensen J.D., Schoville S., Leempoel K., Stucki S., Widmer I., Melodelima C., Rolland J., Manel S., 2013. Uncovering the genetic basis of adaptive change: on the intersection of landscape genomics and theoretical population genetics. Molecular Ecology 22(14) pp. 3659-3665.
  • Nieuwenhuis B.P.S., Billiard S., Vuilleumier S., Petit E., Hood M.E., Giraud T., 2013. Evolution of uni- and bifactorial sexual compatibility systems in fungi. Heredity 111(6) pp. 445-455.
  • Vuilleumier S., Alcala N., Niculita-Hirzel H., 2013. Transitions from reproductive systems governed by two self-incompatible loci to one in fungi. Evolution 67(2) pp. 501-516.



  • Büchi L., Vuilleumier S., 2012. Dispersal Strategies, Few Dominating or Many Coexisting: The Effect of Environmental Spatial Structure and Multiple Sources of Mortality. Plos One 7(4) pp. e34733.
  • Vuilleumier S., and H.P.Possingham. 2012. Interacting populations in heterogeneous environments. Ecological Modelling 228 96– 105.



  • Vuilleumier S., Buttler A., Perrin N., Yearsley J.M., 2011. Invasion and eradication of a competitively superior species in heterogeneous landscapes. Ecological Modelling 222, 398-406.



  • Schwander T., Vuilleumier S., Dubman J., Crespi B.J., 2010. Positive feedback in the transition from sexual reproduction to parthenogenesis. Proceedings of the Royal Society B Biological Sciences 277(1686), 1435-1442.**

**Selected as Nature Research Highlights


  • Vuilleumier S., Bolker B.M., Lévêque O., 2010. Effects of colonization asymmetries on metapopulation persistence. Theoretical Population Biology 78(3), 225-238.
  • Vuilleumier S., Goudet J., Perrin N., 2010. Evolution in heterogeneous populations: from migration models to fixation probabilities. Theoretical Population Biology 78(4), 250-258.



Vuilleumier, S., J. Yearsley, and N. Perrin. 2008. Fixation probability of locally adapted alleles in heterogenous environment. Genetics.178: 467-475.



  • Vuilleumier S., R. Lande, J. J. M. van Alphen, and O. Seehausen. 2007. Invasion and fixation of sex-reversal genes. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 20:913-920.
  • Vuilleumier S., C. Wilcox, B. Cairns, and H. P. Possingham. 2007. How patch configuration affects the impact of disturbances on metapopulation persistence. Theoretical Population Biology, 72(1):77-85.
  • Vuilleumier S. and P. Fontanillas. 2007. Landscape structure affects dispersal in the greater white-toothed shrew: inference between genetic and simulated ecological distances. Ecological Modelling, 201(3-4):369-376.



  • Vuilleumier, S. and H. P. Possingham. 2006. Does colonisation asymmetry matter in metapopulations? Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B 273(1594):167-42.***

***Written up in Faculty1000 Biology

  • Vuilleumier, S. and N. Perrin. 2006. Effects of cognitives abilities on metapopulation connectivity. Oikos 113:139-147.
  • Vuilleumier, S. and R. Metzger. 2006. Animal dispersal modelling: handling landscape features and related animal choices. Ecological Modelling 190(1-2): 159-170.



  • Vuilleumier, S. and R. Prélaz-Droux. 2002. Map of ecological networks for landscape planning. Landscape and Urban Planning 58(2-4): 157-170.

Media, Press

  • “Comment étudier les hippopotames sans se faire tuer” Allez Savoir, jan 2016 No 62, 2016.
  • “Les virus, ces infatigable voyageurs”, in Vivo N° 7 – DÉCEMBRE 2015,, édité par le CHUV. p. 66-67.
  • “Comment évolue le virus du sida” Horizons, Fonds national suisse – Académies suisses: Horizons no 103, p. 47.
  • 2019-2020    Grants from the Health domain of the University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Western Switzerland (HES-SO) 100’290.- CHF Co-investigator
  • 2015-2017    Marie Heim-Vögtlin Grant, Swiss National Science Foundation 272’800.- CHF. Principal Investigator
  • 2014-2015    FBM Intedisciplinary Grant, University of Lausanne, 186,000.- CHF. Principal Investigator
  • 2012-2013    Ambizione – followUp, Swiss National Science Foundation, PZ00P3-139421/1, 269 252.- CHF. Principal Investigator
  • 2010-2013    Swiss National Science Foundation grant 31003A-130065, 150 000.- CHF. Principal Investigator
  • 2009-2012    Ambizione, Swiss National Science Foundation, PZ00P3-121702, 380 000.- CHF. Principal Investigator
  • 2004-2005    Postoctoral Fellowships for Prospective Researchers, Swiss National Science Foundation. 40’000.- CHF. Principal Investigator
  • 2001-2004    Agencies of the State of Vaud (SFFN, SAT, SAF, SAGR) and Swiss Agency for the Environment, Forests and Landscape, 366’000.- CHF. (co-written proposal)
  • 2000-2002    Nature Conservation Agency of the State of Vaud and Swiss Agency for the Environment, Forest and Landscape, 70’000.- CHF. (co-written proposal)