SIB is a federation of bioinformatics research and service groups, whose Group Leaders are senior academic staff at our partner institutions.

The Institute is also piloting several Internal Groups, which are composed of SIB Employees.

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Foundation Council

Highest authority in the Institute, with supervisory powers. Its responsibilities include changes to SIB’s statutes, the nomination of Group Leaders, and the approval of the annual budget and financial report


  • Prof. Felix Gutzwiller, Former Senator.

Founding members

  • Prof. Ron Appel, SIB Executive Director, Professor at the University of Geneva;
  • Prof. Amos Bairoch, Group Leader, SIB and University of Geneva;
  • Dr Philipp Bucher, Group Leader, SIB and EPFL;
  • Prof. Denis Hochstrasser, former Vice-Rector, University of Geneva;
  • Prof. C. Victor Jongeneel, Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology, University of Illinois, USA;
  • Prof. Manuel Peitsch, Chief Scientific Officer Research at Philip Morris International.

Ex officio members

  • Prof. Cezmi A. Akdis, Director, Swiss Institute of Allergy and Asthma Research (SIAF);
  • Mr Thomas Baenninger, Chief Financial Officer, Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research (LICR);
  • Prof. Edouard Bugnion, Vice-President for Information Systems, EPFL;
  • Prof. François Bussy, Vice Rector for Research, International Relations and Continuing Education, University of Lausanne;
  • Prof. Daniel Candinas, Vice-rector Research, University of Bern;
  • Prof. Carlo Catapano, Director, IOR Institute of Oncology Research;
  • Prof. Boas Erez, Rector, Università della Svizzera Italiana;
  • Prof. Nicolas Fasel, Vice-Dean for Research and Innovation, Faculty of Biology and Medicine, University of Lausanne;
  • Prof. Cem Gabay, Dean, Faculty of Medicine, University of Geneva;
  • Prof. Brigitte Galliot, Vice-Rector, University of Geneva;
  • Prof. Antoine Geissbühler, Head of eHealth and Telemedicine Division, Geneva University Hospital (HUG)
  • Prof. Detlef Günther, Vice-President Research and Corporate Relations, ETH Zurich;
  • Prof. Rolf Ingold, Vice-Rector for Research and Information Technology, University of Fribourg;
  • Dr Corinne Jud, Head of the Competence Division Method Development and Analytics, Agroscope;
  • Dr Caroline Kant, Executive Director, EspeRare Foundation Switzerland;
  • Prof. Jérôme Lacour, Dean, Faculty of Science, University of Geneva;
  • Dr Vincent Peiris, Dean, School of Business and Engineering Vaud (HEIG-VD), HES-SO;
  • Prof. Jean-Marc Piveteau, President, Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW);
  • Prof. Alexandre Reymond, Director, Centre for Integrative Genomics (CIG), Faculty of Biology and Medicine, University of Lausanne;
  • Prof. Patrick Ruch, Head of Research, School of Business Administration (HEG-Geneva), HES-SO;
  • Prof. Michael Schaepman, Vice-President for Veterinary Medicine and Natural Sciences, University of Zurich;
  • Prof. Dirk Schübeler, Co-Director, Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research (FMI);
  • Prof. Torsten Schwede, Vice-Rector of Research and Talent Promotion, University of Basel;
  • Prof. Jürg Utzinger, Director, Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH).

Co-opted Members

  • Dr Laurent Duret, CNRS Research Director, Laboratory of Biometry and Evolutionary Biology, Claude Bernard-Lyon 1 University, France.

Board of Directors

Takes all the decisions necessary to achieve the aims of the Institute, such as defining the scientific strategy and internal procedures, and allocating federal funds to service and infrastructure activities

  • Dr Jérôme Wojcik (Chairman), Senior Vice President, Translational Informatics and Biometrics, Europe, Precision for Medicine;
  • Ms Martine Brunschwig Graf, Former National Councillor;
  • Dr Christine Durinx and Prof. Ron Appel, Joint SIB Executive Directors;
  • Prof. Christian von Mering, Group Leader, SIB and University of Zurich;
  • Prof. Christophe Dessimoz, Group Leader, SIB and University of Lausanne.

Scientific Advisory Board

Acts as a consultative body, providing recommendations to the BoD and the Council of Group Leaders. Its main tasks consist in monitoring the service and infrastructure activities, as well as the core bioinformatics resources.

  • Prof. Alfonso Valencia (Chairman), Life Sciences Department Director, Barcelona Supercomputing Centre, Spain;
  • Prof. Søren Brunak, Founder of the Center for Biological Sequence Analysis, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark;
  • Dr Laurent Duret, CNRS Research Director, Laboratory of Biometry and Evolutionary Biology, Claude Bernard-Lyon 1 University, France;
  • Prof. Melissa Haendel, Director of the Ontology Development Group, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, USA;
  • Prof. Alexey I. Nesvizhskii, Department of Pathology and Department of Computational Medicine & Bioinformatics, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA;
  • Prof. Christine Orengo, Department of Structural and Molecular Biology, University College London, United Kingdom;
  • Prof. Ron Shamir, Computational Genomics Group at the Blavatnik School of Computer Science, Tel Aviv University, Israel.

Council of Group Leaders

Discusses all matters relating to SIB groups as a whole, and proposes the nomination of new Group Leaders

The SIB Group Leaders are located in SIB partner institutions.

SIB Management

  • The day-to-day task of SIB's Executive Management is to put in practice the Institute's strategic and scientific goals, established by the Board of Directors, whether by ensuring an optimal internal organization or by fostering long-term institutional partnerships in Switzerland and abroad.

  • The team is responsible for managing projects that come under the Director’s responsibility and takes care of the administration of SIB Management. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • The Finance and Grant Services team manages the funds allocated to SIB, i.e. 100+ Swiss, European and American funds and nearly CHF Mo 30 per year. This includes reporting to fund originators, advising Principal Investigators of grants and human resources financial management. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • The mission of the Legal and Technology Transfer Office is to protect and transfer SIB knowledge and know-how to research institutes and the industry so that the public can benefit from SIB’s innovations. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • In line with supporting SIB mission and goals, the People and Culture department brings the best of people management and organizational culture to the benefit of all employees, continuing the development of an inspiring work environment and engaged workforce. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • The Communications team ensures the visibility of the Institute and its affiliated research and service groups by engaging internal and external audiences through diverse channels. This includes press relations, digital communication, print publications and events’ coordination. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Marc Filliettaz
    Legal and Technology Transfer Officer

    Marc is responsible for the Legal and Technology Transfer Office and for all legal matters at SIB, including intellectual property, personal data protection and research involving human beings. He joined SIB in 2014 after obtaining a Master’s degree in Law at the University of Geneva. During his studies, he co-founded a Geneva-based company specializing in a new process technology for wine conditioning.

  • Jocelyne Bocquet
    Head of Finance and Grant Services

    Jocelyne is in charge of the Finance department. She ensures the financial coordination and management of all funds allocated to SIB and in which SIB is involved. She obtained a degree in Financial Management in 1982 and joined SIB in 2009, after working in different areas of financial trusts, institutions, foundations and associations.

  • Marie Dangles
    Head of Communications

    Marie is responsible for SIB’s communications’ strategy and implementation. She acts as main contact for communication projects related to national and international initiatives in which SIB is involved. She also ensures coordination with outreach activities. Marie joined SIB in 2017 with 14 years’ experience in international communications in Asia and Switzerland. She completed in 2001 a MSc in Management & Marketing.

  • Ron Appel
    Joint Executive Director

    Ron co-founded SIB in 1998, where he led the Proteome Informatics Group. A professor of bioinformatics at the University of Geneva, he is also scientific co-founder of two biotechnology companies. Ron graduated in Computer Science from the University of Geneva, where he also earned his PhD in Computer Sciences applied to proteomics, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard School of Public Health.

  • Chiara Gabella
    Scientific Coordinator & UX Architect

    Chiara is managing a number of scientific and administrative projects related to SIB's bioinformatics resources. She is also responsible for the strategy and processes to develop the user experience (UX) design of these resources. Chiara joined SIB in 2016, after a postdoc in Biophysics. She holds a MSc in Mathematical Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Turin and a PhD in Physics from the EPFL in Lausanne.

  • Franziska Gruhl
    Project Manager

    Franziska joined the team in 2017 to work on the SIB 20th anniversary projects and to help with the organization of the annual SIB Days. She completed a PhD in 2017 (bioinformatics, evolution, genetics) in one of the SIB research groups in Lausanne.

  • Warren Paulus
    Information System Security Officer

    Warren is responsible for the Information Security including technical and non-technical projects at SIB and across several of its IT infrastructures. He holds a Master of Science in Industrial Engineer. Before joining SIB, he worked as Consultant for multinational companies during 4 years. After work, he always tries to improve his skills as an autodidact.

  • Manuela Pruess
    Grant Officer

    Manuela is the contact person for all questions related to grant rules, both internal and external, especially concerning EU, SNSF and NIH funding. She liaises between SIB Group Leaders, the Finance team and the Legal and Technology Transfer Office. She holds a PhD in Human Genetics and joined the SIB in 2010 after having worked for German and UK research institutions.

  • Maïa Berman
    Communications Manager

    Maia manages communication projects such as press releases, annual reports or newsletters, from inception to delivery. She writes and edits content for SIB’s various communication channels (e.g. website, social media, presentations). She joined SIB in 2016 after completing a PhD in Biology (Australia and France) in 2012 and working for three years in legal marketing and business development at a Swiss law firm.

  • Véronique Mangold
    Head People & Culture

    Veronique ensures that all operational People and Culture matters are managed consistently and fairly. Véronique joined SIB in June 2000 after having studied Theology at the University of Geneva.

  • Christine Durinx
    Joint Executive Director

    Christine joined SIB in 2014 as Associate Director. She was appointed Joint Executive Director in June 2018. Christine holds a degree in Pharmacy and a PhD in Pharmaceutical sciences. Before joining SIB, she worked in the pharmaceutical industry for over 10 years. Christine is co-lead of the ELIXIR Data platform.

  • Sabine Perlini
    Financial Assistant

    Sabine’s main activities consist in assisting the Head of Finance, and in dealing with current accounting affairs with her colleague Leonardo. She joined SIB in 2009, after having been active in several associations for 10 years. Sabine obtained a commercial degree in 1984.

  • Sylvie Flegel
    Communications Assistant

    Sylvie maintains SIB’s website and social media accounts, designs communication materials and assists in the creation and emailing of the Communications department’s publications. Sylvie joined SIB in 2009. She holds a degree in foreign languages (English, Italian and German) as well as a degree in tourism. She also studied photography and graphic design.

  • Sandra Reinders
    People & Culture Manager

    Sandra elaborates and manages diverse People and Culture projects. In parallel, she assists and advises Group Leaders and Employees in employee life cycle matters and management questions. She joined SIB in 2015 with 20 years of experience in HR, after having worked in various countries and industries, including the academic sector. She holds a MSc degree in Management of Technology and Innovation.

  • Leonardo Ledesma
    Accounting Assistant

    Leonardo’s main activities consist in assisting the Head of Finance, and in dealing with current accounting affairs with his colleague Sabine. He joined SIB in 2014 and holds a CFC Diploma in Economics and General Culture as well as a Commercial Professional Matura obtained in 2015.

  • Vanessa Monteiro Caria
    People & Culture Assistant

    Vanessa manages the administrative aspects of the employees’ lifecycle from hiring to departure. She also participates in various People and Culture projects and assists the People and Culture team in its tasks. Vanessa joined SIB in 2013 as a trainee and became HR assistant in September 2014. She holds a degree in HR Management since March 2016.


Former Directors