"I think the role of bioinformatics and computational biology in the life sciences will evolve quite significantly in the coming years", he says. "And I expect SIB will have to play an increasingly important role in shaping our evolution as a scientific community".

Torsten Schwede was elected yesterday Vice-Rector of Research by the University of Basel's deanship, with a brilliant result. The University Council confirmed this choice.

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Prof. Torsten Schwede is accompanied by Rector Prof. Andrea Schenker-Wicki and Rain Chairman Prof. Thomas Sutter-Somm. (Picture: University of Basel)

Short bio

Currently a professor of bioinformatics at the Biozentrum of the University of Basel, Torsten is a member of SIB's Board of Directors and leads three SIB Groups: the Computational Structural Biology Group, sciCORE and the SIB Internal Group SPHN Data Coordination Centre.
Torsten Schwede began studying chemistry in Bayreuth and completed his doctorate in structural biology in Freiburg im Breisgau. He was then a postdoctoral researcher at GlaxoWellcome in Geneva (later GSK) before being appointed assistant professor of structural bioinformatics at the Biozentrum of the University of Basel in 2001.
He has been group leader at SIB since 2002. In 2007, he was promoted to Associate Professor and has been responsible for the central infrastructure for scientific computing at the University of Basel since 2014 as scientific director of sciCORE. As Chairman of the Scientific Expert Board and Director of the Data Coordination Centre of the Swiss Personalized Health Network (SPHN), he is committed to the development of research in the field of personalized health and medicine in Switzerland.


Read more on the University of Basel website (in German)