Nouria Hernandez - Rector of the University of Lausanne

Nouria Hernandez, 58, was appointed Rector of UNIL by the Council of State on 28 August 2015. An internationally renowned biologist, specialising in fundamental research on genes, she took up her position on 1 August 2016 after forming a new Rectorate, which was validated by UNIL’s Council on 3 March. The new Rector is responsible for general affairs and quality, and has a particular interest in questions of sustainability.

"Sustainability is a topic that is very close to my heart. There is a link between human beings and the general degradation of the planet. I am worried for future generations. That’s why I chose to study biology. I have also been thinking about what I would like the university to become. I saw that the previous Rectorate had worked on almost all my ideas. So I can take things a step further, without doing a complete U-turn. All of that convinced me."

"So I am going to continue instituting a culture of quality in our teaching activities and I would like to strive for excellence in respect of our students, by which I mean excellence in research, in teaching and in all our administrative services, so that everything runs efficiently and without stress. I’m also motivated by introducing students to the world of work. Among other things, we need to encourage entrepreneurship in the humanities."

University of Lausanne
UNIL - Centre
Unicentre - room 303
CH-1015 Lausanne
Phone ++41 (0)21 692 2010
Fax ++41 (0)21 692 2015
Rector and head of unit "General Administration and Quality".
Born on 13 May 1957 in Chêne-Bougeries (GE). Married with two children. Swiss and US nationality.
Education and qualifications

PhD in molecular biology, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg (1983)

Diploma in Biology, University of Geneva (1980)

School-leaving certificate in Latin, Collège Calvin (1976)

Career history

Rector of the University of Lausanne since 2016

Director, Centre for Integrative Genomics, UNIL, 2005-2014

Professor, Centre for Integrative Genomics, UNIL, since 2005

Professor, Watson School of Biological Sciences, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Cold Spring Harbor (USA), 1998-2005

Senior Staff Scientist, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Cold Spring Harbor (USA), 1993-1998

Senior Staff Investigator, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Cold Spring Harbor (USA), 1987-1993

Post-doctoral internship, Yale University (USA), 1983-1986

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Nouria Hernandez, Rector of the University of Lausanne

Unicentre  -  CH-1015 Lausanne
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