Laboratory for Biological Geochemistry

Laboratory for Biological Geochemistry LGB

About us

Established in 2012, the LBG consists of a fluctuating number of Senior Scientists, Postdocs, PhD- and Master students working on research projects at the interface between isotope geochemistry, mineralogy and biology. Currently, the LGB is engaged in research themes such as:

  • Biogenic carbonate paleo-proxy reliability
  • Metabolic processes in symbiotic marine organisms (and how these processes are affected by global climate change)
  • Plant photosynthesis and starch formation
  • Brain metabolism

The LGB is equipped with a NanoSIMS N50L instrument.

Corals, Cooperation and Cooking: meet Anders Meibom

Summer series: A calling for research. Initially, the dynamic, Danish-born Anders Meibom, a professor at EPFL’s Laboratory for Biological Geochemistry since 2012, was not the slightest bit interested in corals. Now he studies them, a loaf of homemade bread always close at hand.

A research center to protect the Red Sea ecosystem

Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis, Head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA), announced on Tuesday Switzerland’s support for EPFL’s project to create a “Transnational Red Sea Research Center”. The project is based on EPFL research on corals in the Gulf of Aqaba.

Major discovery helps explain coral bleaching

An EPFL scientist has made a major breakthrough in the understanding of coral bleaching – a process that causes corals to lose their color and eventually leads to their death. The process is triggered by warmer ocean temperatures, and, according to the study, it begins much earlier than previously thought.