The SIB fellowship programme trains a selection of outstanding bioinformatics students through a 3-year grant, thanks to the generous support of many sponsors, among which the University of Lausanne, the University of Geneva, the University of Zurich, the Leenaards Foundation, the Swiss Foundation for Excellence and Talent in Biomedical Research, the R.Geigy Foundation and

Following an introduction by Ron Appel, SIB Executive Director, each PhD Fellow presented her/his research in a 10 min's talk.

A cocktail followed the presentations, where the young scientists mingled with the audience, which included several SIB's Group Leaders.

The first wave of SIB PhD fellowship laureates included:

  • Jannik Vollmer, ETHZ & SIB
    "Growth control in organ development - a quantitative analysis in Drosophila and vertebrates"
  • Franziska Gruhl, University of Lausanne & SIB
    "Recently active transposable elements provide insights into the evolution of mammalian circular RNAs"
  • Malgorzata Nowicka, University of Zurich & SIB
    "Statistical method development and design of computational pipelines for differential analyses of high-throughput data, including DNA microarrays, RNA sequencing and HDCyto data"
  • Gabriel Studer, University of Basel & SIB
    "Efficient algorithms in protein modeling"
  • Christos Dimitrakopoulos, ETHZ and SIB
    Will defend his PhD by summer 2018

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From left to right: Patricia Palagi, Team leader of the SIB Training Group; SIB PhD Fellows: Franziska Gruhl, Malgorzata Nowicka, Jannik Vollmer, Gabriel Studer; Ron Appel, SIB Executive Director