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Nicolas Mermod is Professor of Biotechnology at the Faculty of Biology and Medicine of the University of Lausanne, and a co-founder of Selexis SA, a biotech company. Nic completed his PhD at the University of Geneva in environmental biotechnology, followed by post-doctoral studies at the University of California at Berkeley, USA, in the laboratory of Professor Robert Tjian. Nic then joined the University of Lausanne as an Assistant Professor of the Swiss National Science Foundation, to become full Professor and the director of the Institute of Biotechnology. Nic heads the Laboratory for Molecular Biotechnology at EPFL, which has gained global recognition in the field of gene expression in biotechnology by publishing over 100 papers in peer reviewed renowned journals. Besides his scientific publications, Nic has authored a number of patents on epigenetic regulatory elements and gene expression.