Environmental, animal and plant forensic genetics

Units services Research and Training

Who are we?

Artwork: C. Jan

The Wildlife and Environmental DNA Forensics Laboratory (WEDF) is managed by the Swiss Human Institute of Forensic Taphonomy (SHIFT) of the Centre universitaire Romand de Médecine Légale (CURML) at the University of Lausanne (UNIL). The WEDF maintains privileged relations with the Laboratoire de Biologie de la Conservation (LBC) of the Département Ecologie et Evolution (DEE) and with the Ecole des Sciences Criminelles (ESC) within UNIL. The WEDF laboratory is under the direction of Dr. Vincent Varlet and the scientific supervision of Dr. Luca Fumagalli. We draw on over twenty years of expertise acquired in the context of forensic expertise (trafficking, property damage, etc.) or more generally in relation to forensic animal, plant and environmental genetics.


The WEDF team of SHIFT is under the operational responsibility of Dr. Luca Fumagalli.

•    Samples :

Samples can be sent by simple mail, but care must be taken to ensure that tubes containing liquid are well sealed (see sampling procedures).

If you have any questions regarding sample submission or collection, please contact us prior to submission:

Dr Luca Fumagalli 

+41 21 692 41 72


Our address for sending analysis and sample requests:

Dr Luca Fumagalli

WEDF – SHIFT / LBC – Département d’Ecologie et d’Evolution

Quartier UNIL – Sorge

Bâtiment Biophore

CH-1015 Lausanne

•    General inquiries should be addressed to:

Dr Luca Fumagalli                                               Dr Vincent Varlet                            

Responsable scientifique WEDF - SHIFT        Direction WEDF - SHIFT                      

+41 21 692 41 72                                               + 41 021 314 38 42

Luca.fumagalli@unil.ch                                      vincent.varlet@chuv.ch

Secrétariat SHIFT

+41 21 314 03 37


Adresse du SHIFT

Swiss Human Institute of Forensic Taphonomy

Centre Universitaire Romand de Médecine Légale

Ch. de la Vulliette 4

CH-1000 Lausanne 25