Biography and current work
BiographyBorn in Geneva in 1955, Denis Duboule holds dual Swiss and French citizenship. After studying biology at the University of Geneva, he earned his doctorate of sciences in 1984 at the same institution. His career next led him to work at the University of Strasbourg, then at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Heidelberg (Germany), before he returned to the University of Geneva as a full Professor in 1992. In Geneva, he has directed the Department of Zoology and Animal Biology since 1997 and the Frontiers in Genetics NCCR since 2001.
Mr. Duboule is a world-renowned specialist in developmental genetics. He was one of the first to take an interest in the Hox genes, revealing their essential role in limb formation and the basic mechanisms of how they work. His findings on this topic launched a line of research that has since become extraordinarily active, with important implications for understanding the evolution of species.