Prof. Mehdi Tafti, Switzerland
Mehdi Tafti received his PhD from the University of Montpellier in France in 1991 after completing his doctoral thesis on sleep regulation in human narcolepsy. He performed a postdoctoral fellowship and was a Research Associate at the Department of Psychiatry and Biological Sciences at Stanford University. In 1995 he moved to the Department of Psychiatry in Geneva, Switzerland where he established the first laboratory dedicated to the molecular genetics of sleep and sleep disorders. He joined the Center for Integrative Genomics at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland in 2004 as a Professor of Behavioral Genetics. Since 2006 he is also co-director of the Center for Investigation and Research in Sleep at the University-Hospital (CHUV) in Lausanne. In addition to his work on the genetics of sleep in mice, he is leading several large-scale European studies on the molecular genetics of narcolepsy. The first genes regulating normal sleep in mice have been identified by his laboratory as well as genes involved in narcolepsy and sleepwalking.