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.

SIB organization2022

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


  • Mrs Simone de Montmollin, Member of the National Council.

Founding members

  • Prof. Ron Appel, former SIB Executive Director;
  • 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. Hugues Abriel, Vice Rector for Research, University of Bern;
  • 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. Claudia Bagni, Vice Dean for Research and Innovation, Faculty of Biology and Medicine, University of Lausanne;
  • Dr Christian Berthold, Managing Director, Kühne Foundation;
  • Prof. Edouard Bugnion, Vice President for Information Systems, EPFL;
  • Prof. Emmanuele Carpanzano, Director, Department of Innovative Technologies, University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland (SUPSI);
  • Prof. Carlo Catapano, Director, IOR Institute of Oncology Research;
  • Prof. Andrea Cavallaro, Director, IDIAP;
  • Prof. Alex Dommann, Head of Department “Materials meet Life”, Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (Empa);
  • Prof. Estelle Doudet, Vice Rector "Research", University of Lausanne;
  • Prof. Katharina Fromm, Vice Rector, University of Fribourg;
  • Prof. Cem Gabay, Dean, Faculty of Medicine, University of Geneva;
  • Prof. Patrick Gagliardini, Vice Rector for Research at the Universita della Svizzera italiana (USI);
  • Prof. Brigitte Galliot, Vice Rector, University of Geneva;
  • Prof. Antoine Geissbühler, Head of eHealth and Telemedicine Division, Geneva University Hospital (HUG);
  • Dr Corinne Jud, Head of the Competence Division Method Development and Analytics, Agroscope;
  • 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, Centre for Integrative Genomics (CIG), Faculty of Biology and Medicine, University of Lausanne;
  • Prof. Davide F. Robbiani, Director, Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB);
  • Prof. Patrick Ruch, Head of Research, School of Business Administration (HEG-Geneva), HES-SO;
  • Prof. Gebhard Schertler, Division Head of Biology and Chemistry, Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI);
  • Prof. Falko Schlottig, Director, FHNW School of Life Sciences;
  • 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. Elisabeth Stark, Vice President Research, University of Zurich;
  • Prof. Jürg Utzinger, Director, Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH);
  • Prof. Dr Christian Wolfrum, Vice President for Research, ETH Zurich.

Co-opted member

  • Prof. Alfonso Valencia, Life Sciences Department Director, Barcelona Supercomputing Centre, Spain.

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), Industrial Data Scientist & Entrepreneur;
  • Ms Martine Brunschwig Graf, Former National Councillor;
  • Prof. Christophe Dessimoz, SIB Executive Director;
  • Dr Katja Bärenfaller, Head Molecular Allergology Group, Swiss Institute of Allergy and Asthma Research (SIAF);
  • Prof. Robert Waterhouse, 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;
  • Prof. Melissa Haendel, Chief Research Informatics Officer and Marsico Chair of Data Science at University of Colorado, USA;
  • Prof. Claudine Médigue, Head of the Laboratory of Bioinformatics Analyses for Genomics and Metabolism (LABGeM), Génoscope & CNRS, Evry, France
  • 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.

Management & teams

SIB is organised around a central core of almost 200 employees and a network of 600 affiliated members, based in the country's major academic institutions.

Our teams and employees are structured along three key activities:

  • Developing the SIB Resources through employees in our Swiss-Prot group or embedded in affiliated research groups;
  • Providing services and expertise to academia and the industry through our competence centres;
  • Coordinating data, projects and the whole SIB community to enable scientists to focus on research.

Meet our competence centres

Meet our executive management and support teams

  • Executive management
    Puts 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. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Biodata resources
    Coordinates the portfolio of SIB Resources, from the selection processes and key indicators monitoring to improving user experience and search engine indexing. The team also aims to encourage collaborations, data sharing, and cross-linkages between resources. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Communications & Scientific events
    Ensures the visibility and promotion 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.
  • Finance & Grants
    Manages the funds allocated to SIB, i.e. 100+ Swiss, European and American funds and nearly CHF 30 Mo 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.
  • IT
    Builds a reliable technology infrastructure, ensures secure and seamless access to information resources, maintains an effective operational environment and delivers high quality technology services. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Legal & Technology transfer
    Protects and transfers SIB knowledge and know-how to research institutes and the industry so that the public can benefit from our scientists’ innovations. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • People & Culture
    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.

Former Directors