Power of Life

Life is 4 billion years old. Life is self-replicating, self-sustainable and autonomous. It has evolved by iterative augmentations to invent everything, from the simplest original replicator to complex plants and animals. It has invented the utmost human brain. In turn, humans invented a myriad of novel tools in order to augment themselves, including ultimate information technology. Augmentation tools promise better life and better society. Yet, augmentation tools are not self-replicating, self-sustaining or autonomous. Life remains the driving force of evolution.

About the speaker

Philippe Moreillon

Philippe Moreillon holds a Doctorate in medicine from the University of Lausanne (Switzerland), and a PhD in microbiology from the Rockefeller University, New York (USA). He became full Professor and Director at the UNIL Institute of Fundamental Microbiology in 2002.

He held the positions of Vice-Dean of the UNIL Faculty of Biology and Medicine from 2002 to 2006, and Vice-Rector of UNIL for Research and International relations until 2016. He actively promotes interdisciplinary between natural sciences and humanities. His research encompasses pathogenesis of Gram-positive bacteria and antibiotic resistance. He currently concentrates on revisiting antimicrobial strategies such as bacteriophage therapy.