There is a fast growing need for well-trained bioinformaticians, specialized in analysing, visualizing and interpreting the massive amounts of data being generated in life science projects.

Therefore, in 2014 and 2012, our committed partners gave ten students (four in 2014, and six in 2012), the exclusive opportunity to be selected for the SIB PhD Fellowship programme. The programme contributes to improving the pool of scientific excellence and to promoting bioinformatics research for life sciences through a 3-year grant. These PhD students are now carrying out their research projects under the supervision of SIB Group Leaders.

Laureates in 2014:


dennis haake

Dennis Haake is working on the development and assessment of an automated ligand design approach (SIB Molecular Modelling Group, supervised by Vincent Zoete and Olivier Michielin, at the University of Lausanne; University of Lausanne fellowship).



luis deoliveira

Luis Miguel de Oliveira Vilaca is working on the understanding of the mechanisms generating variation and complexity of forms during animal development. His research aims at understanding the development and evolution of skin-appendage patterns (hairs, spines, feathers, scales) and skin colour patterns in vertebrates (SIB Evolutionary Development of Complexity Group, supervised by Michel Milinkovitch, at the University of Geneva; Leenaards Foundation fellowship).



emma ricart

Emma Ricart is working on the combination of bioinformatics tools and MS analyses for high-throughput discovery of new bioactive peptides (SIB Proteome Informatics Group, supervised by Markus Muller and Frédérique Lisacek, at the University of Geneva; University of Geneva fellowship).



monica ticlla

Monica Ticlla started her PhD in September 2015 on a cross-talk between infectious diseases, non-communicable diseases and the gut microbiome. (SIB Computational PathoGenOmics Group, supervised by Christoph Schmid, Nicole Probst, and Jürg Utzinger, at the Swiss TPH Institute and the University of Basel; R.Geigy Foundation fellowship).



Funding partners in 2014:

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Laureates in 2012:


christos dimitrakopoulos

Christos Dimitrakopoulos is working on statistical models and efficient algorithms for the integrated analysis of molecular and clinical data and on models of the dynamics of genetic tumour progression (SIB Computational Biology Group, supervised by Niko Beerenwinkel, at the ETHZ; fellowship).



franziska gruhl

Franziska Gruhl carries out her PhD research on bioinformatics analyses of tissue transcriptome evolution and its regulatory/genetic foundation in mammals and other tetrapods to understand the molecular basis of phenotypic evolution (SIB Functional Evolutionary Genomics Group, supervisor Henrik Kaessmann, at the University of Lausanne; Leenaards Foundation fellowship).



malgorzata nowicka

Malgorzata Nowicka is working on statistical methods for discovering changes in mRNA splice preferences using various types of high-throughput data (SIB Statistical Bioinformatics Group, supervised by Mark Robinson, at the University of Zurich; University of Zurich fellowship).



gabriel studer

Gabriel Studer is developing efficient algorithms for structural modelling of proteins and complexes using information from multiple homologous structures and statistical models of protein structure features and properties (SIB Computational Structural Biology Group, supervised by Torsten Schwede, at the University of Basel; Swiss Foundation for Excellence and Talent in Biomedical Research fellowship).



jannik vollmer

Jannik Vollmer is combining computational modelling and experimental approaches to understand how spatial structures are controlled and generated during embryonic development (SIB Computational Biology CoBi Group, supervised by Dagmar Iber, at the ETHZ; fellowship).



Funding partners in 2012: 


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Consulting partners: 


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