Howard Riezman Group

Department of Biochemistry - Faculty of Science, University of Geneva

Department of Biochemistry
Sciences II - University of Geneva
Room 3-310 - 3rd floor
30, quai Ernest-Ansermet
CH – 1211 Geneva 4

Phone: +41 (0)22 379 64 69
Fax: +41 (0)22 379 64 70

Howard Riezman
Full professor

Project at a glance

Eukaryotic cells contain a large number of different lipid species. In fact, the number of different lipid species probably exceeds the number of genes in many organisms.

The main goal of our research is to understand the functions of membrane lipids in cell biology and physiology.

To this end, we need to develop a comprehensive understanding about lipid distribution and homeostasis in cells and how these are regulated. We are using a wide variety of approaches to reach our goal, including genetics, biochemistry, cell biology, chemical biology, synthetic biology, and analytical approaches including mass spectrometry. We are also using a number of experimental systems, with emphasis on the yeast S. cerevisiae, but including C. elegans, and mammalian tissue culture cells.

Although our studies lead us mainly to study the functions of sterols and sphingolipids, we also work on other lipid species.