Switzerland Lausanne

École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

Global Health Institute

Brief overview

École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) is one of the two Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology. Its main campus brings together over 14,500 persons, students, researchers and staff – with the status of a national school since 1969, the young engineering school has grown in many dimensions, to the extent of becoming one of the most famous European institutions of science and technology. EPFL focuses on three missions: teaching, research and innovation. In particular, at the Global Health Institute researchers develop and apply new technologies to investigate human health and infectious diseases spanning from basic to translational sciences.

Research areas

COPD/Epithelial cell/Infection/Microbiology/Molecular biology

Host center eligibility

Global fellowships (return phase only)/European fellowships

Research infrastructure/facilities

EPFL benefits from a thriving internal and external environment promoting research and innovation in the respiratory field. Specifically, the School of Life Sciences at EPFL hosts several labs focused on fundamental research associated with respiratory infectious diseases (Mycobacterium tuberculosis, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, SARS-CoV-2). In addition, several labs at EPFL are currently developing new infection and drug testing models for the respiratory tract. Finally, EPFL is ideally situated in proximity to the University hospital (CHUV) with a state of the art service in pneumology and the University of Lausanne (UNIL) with its fundamental microbiology department.

Research funding/resources

Individual labs at EPFL School of Life Sciences have been awarded multiple grants in the fields of respiratory infections. The School is well endowed financially and has a large infrastructure promoting state of the art research in infectious diseases of the airway. In particular, it hosts a biosafety level 3 facility for Mycobacterium tuberculosis and SARS-CoV-2 manipulation.

Links to non-academic sector

Located on the south side of the EPFL, EPFL Innovation Park is integrated into the core of its scientific community. Partner companies located at EPFL Innovation Park are therefore part of a vibrant campus providing a unique environment for exchanging ideas and knowledge. The EPFL Innovation Park currently hosts over 150 startups, 26 large companies and around 20 services providers. EPFL also counts with a Technology Transfer Office. It works with EPFL researchers to turn their technologies into business opportunities that can benefit society.

Experience hosting international researchers, career development & training programmes, outreach activities

EPFL is one of Europe’s most vibrant and cosmopolitan science and technology institutions. It welcomes students, professors and collaborators of more than 120 nationalities. EPFL offers students and faculty an innovation-oriented environment equipped with state-of-the-art facilities. Its degree programs place a heavy emphasis on lab sessions and hands-on workshops with direct research applications, giving students solid technical skills and encouraging them to develop their imagination, creativity, and entrepreneurial spirit through cross-disciplinary projects. EPFL has extensive experience with EU-funded projects; it has hosted more than 75 MSCA Individual Fellows during H2020. EPFL counts with a Science Outreach Department. Its mission is to promote science and technology among young girls and boys and encourage them at a very early stage to become involved in STEM fields; and to facilitate the diffusion of scientific and technological knowledge among the general public and endeavour to ensure a better understanding and its significance for society.

HR Excellence in Research – EU award