Prof. Ron D. Appel graduated in Computer Sciences at the University of Geneva, where he also received his Ph.D. in 1987, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard School of Public Health in Boston. He was co-founder in 1998 of the SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics, where he was leading the Proteome Informatics Group. He is professor of bioinformatics at the University of Geneva, and since 2007 is the Executive Director of SIB.
Dr. Christine Durinx has a Masters in Pharmacy and a PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the University of Antwerp, Belgium. She is the Associate Director of the SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics, and participates to the strategic and operational management of the Institute. Before joining SIB in May 2014, she has worked in the pharmaceutical industry for over 10 years, in the domain of medical affairs and medical communications.
Dr. Patricia M. Palagi has a Bachelor in Biology and a Masters in Computer Sciences from the University of Brasilia, and a PhD in Cognitive Sciences from the INPG, Grenoble, France. In 1997, she joined the Molecular Imaging and Bioinformatics Laboratory in Geneva, one of the 5 pillar laboratories of what would become the SIB a year later. In 2014, she was appointed Head of SIB Training and Outreach Group.
Dr. Marco Pagni is one of the eight senior scientists leading bioinformatics research at the Vital-IT group of the SIB. Trained as a microbiologist, he joined the SIB in 1998 where he drives research projects involving the automated annotation and analysis of genomes, fungal genomics, metagenomics, and building genome-scale metabolic networks using high-performance computing, numerical simulations and software development.
Dr Frédérique Lisacek received a PhD in Computer Science (AI) from the University P & M Curie, Paris, France. From then on she has held research positions in bioinformatics in France, Japan and Australia working on knowledge representation and sequence analysis. She has been involved in proteomics since 1999 through work with the companies Proteome Systems Ltd and GeneBio S.A. She then joined the SIB in the Proteome Informatics Group that she manages since 2008 and where she initiated several projects on the study of posttranslational modifications, especially glycosylation.
Prof Evgeny Zdobnov graduated and received his PhD from Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (PhysTech), Russia. He then worked at the EBI developing InterProScan and SRS, and at the EMBL-Germany leading comparative genome analyses of malaria mosquito and other animals. Since 2005, he is a Professor at the University of Geneva Medical School, Switzerland, and a SIB Group leader. His group contributes to genomics studies, notably in the frame of the i5K consortium, develops of tools like OrthoDB, miRmap, Newick utilities, as well as closely collaborates with clinical colleagues to bringing WGS metagenomics into medical practice.
Prof Jacques S. Beckmann graduated in chemistry from the Université Libre de Bruxelles and received a PhD in biochemistry from the Weizmann Institute (Israel). From 2002 to 2012, he was Professor of Human Genetics and Director of the Dept. of Medical Genetics at the Fac. of Biology and Medicine of the Univ. of Lausanne as well as head of the Medical Genetics Service of the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois. Previously, he held a chair as Full Professor at the Dept. of Molecular Genetics at the Weizmann Inst. of Science in Rehovot, Israel. Since December 2012, he is the head of Clinical Bioinformatics at SIB.