Alexandre Dayer is associate Professor of Psychiatry at the Department of Psychiatry at the Geneva University Faculty of Medicine. His laboratory is located at the Geneva Medical Center and is affiliated to the Department of Basic Neurosciences. He is Director of the NCCR Synapsy since October 2017.
Alexandre Dayer finished his medical studies in 1997 at the Medical School of the University of Geneva and obtained his MD thesis from the University of Lausanne in 1999. Following a clinical specialization in Psychiatry, he was board certified in Adult Psychiatry and Psychotherapy in 2009. Alexandre Dayer trained in developmental neurobiology at the National Institute of Mental Health (USA) in the laboratory of Heather Cameron and in the laboratory of Joszef Kiss at the Department of Basic Neurosciences in Geneva. In 2010 he obtained an assistant professorship position from the Swiss National Foundation and started his own laboratory at the Geneva Medical Center. Since then his lab aims to understand how functional cortical microcircuits emerge during development and how they could be disrupted by specific genetic alterations or altered activity patterns. More specifically, his lab investigates the molecular controls over cortical circuit assembly using cell-type specific approaches and studies the impact of psychiatric risk genes on theses developmental processes. In a translational perspective, he collaborates with several clinical research groups in Child and Adult Psychiatry and has a particular interest in the developmental trajectories leading to stress-related disorders. At a clinical level, Alexandre Dayer works as a senior clinician in the outpatient moods unit of the Service of Psychiatric Specialties of the University Hospital of Geneva and has a special interest in the treatment of patients with bipolar disorders.