The Mission

The Advisory Board assists the Foundation Board for the educational questions linked with the activities of the Foundation. It makes recommendations to the Executive Committee concerning the allocation of funds and provides the general follow-up of the educational work.

The members:

Amos Bairoch

Amos Bairoch

PhD Professor University of Geneva.

 

 
Bio

Amos Bairoch is a Swiss bioinformatician and Professor of Bioinformatics at the Department of Human Protein Sciences of the University of Geneva where he leads the CALIPHO group at the Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics (SIB) combining bioinformatics, curation, and experimental efforts to functionally characterize human proteins.
Contact: e-mail: Amos.bairoch@unige.ch
Phone: +41 22 379 58 60
Address: UNIGE Medial School

Jozsef Zoltan KISS

Jozsef Zoltan KISS

MD, Emeritus Professor, University of Geneva Medical School

 

 
Bio

Jozsef Zoltan KISS obtained his M.D degree at the Semmelweis University Medical School, Budapest, Hungary in 1979.  He was a research associate at the Institute of Experimental Medicine, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest, Hungary from 1979 to1981, a  Research associate at the Department of Anatomy, University of Iowa, College of Medicine, Iowa City, USA  from 1981 to 1982, a  Visiting associate in the  Laboratory of Cell Biology, NIH, Bethesda, MD, USA from 1983 to1984, a Research associate at the  Institute of Experimental Medicine, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest, Hungary from 1985 to 1986, a Visiting scientist, Rudolf Magnus Institute, University of Utrecht, Utrecht, The Netherlands in 1986.

In 1986, he joined the University of Geneva Medical School, first as a junior faculty member and in 2007 as a full professor, at the Department of Fundamental Neuroscience. He retired in 2018.

He was and still is interested in developmental mechanisms that are critical for neuronal migration and circuit formation in the cerebral cortex as well as the molecular control of neural progenitor migration with the aim to direct these cells to sites of injury to achieve structural repair.

Contact:
e-mail: Jozsef.Kiss@unige.ch
Phone: +41 22 379 52 02
Address: UNIGE  Medial School

Ivana Knezevic

Ivana Knezevic

Scientist, World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland.

 

 
Bio

Dr Knezevic has 19 years of professional experience in standardization and regulation of biologicals. In 2000, Dr Knezevic joined WHO Biological Standardization Programme and since then her activities have been devoted to the standardization and evaluation of biologicals at the global level. Since 2006, she has been leading standardization of vaccines and some biological therapeutics. Dr Knezevic led development of WHO regulatory guidelines on various aspects of vaccine evaluation as well as the recommendations for production, control and evaluation of selected vaccines, published in WHO Technical Report Series. In the area of biotherapeutics, she coordinated development of the WHO Guidelines on evaluation of similar biotherapeutic products (SBPs) and has initiated a series of workshops to facilitate implementation of guiding principles into regulatory and manufacturers’ practice.
Dr Knezevic is also the author of several publications that made broad audience aware of WHO initiative in the development, establishment and implementation of standards for vaccines and some other biological products.   Dr. Knezevic is Specialist in Medical Microbiology and Parasitology. She received her MD from the University of Novi Sad, her MSc in Medicine (Microbiology) and PhD in Medicine (Virology) from the University of Belgrade, Republic of Serbia. Presently she is Professor at the Faculty of Biology and Medicine of the Lausanne University

Contact:
e-mail: knezevici@who.int
Phone: +41 22 791 3136
Address: WHO, Avenue Appia 20, 1211 Geneva 27

Victor Jongeneel

Victor Jongeneel

PhD, Emeritus Professor, University of Lausanne, Switzerland

 

 
Bio

Victor Jongeneel, mastered in biochemistry at the University of Lausanne, obtained a doctorate in microbiology and immunology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1980.  He developed a considerable interest in the application of computer tools to biological research, and became fully involved in computational biology by becoming one of the founders and the first director of the Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics (SIB) in 1998, as well as a life member of its Foundation Board.

His postdoctoral research career subsequently included important work in both DNA replication and molecular virology, respectively at the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics at the University of California, San Francisco, and at the ISREC in Switzerland. Having become a group leader at the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research (LICR) in Lausanne in 1986, he devotes himself in particular to the molecular genetics of tumor necrosis factor and excels in a very productive academic career in terms of publications.

The University of Lausanne appointed him associate professor at the Integrative Genomics Center in 2002 for his outstanding contributions to the research and development of computational biology on campus, as well as for his teaching. In 2003, he became the first director of the Vital-IT Center, a collaborative company between the Universities of Lausanne, Geneva and EPFL, in partnership with Hewlett-Packard, Intel and Oracle, led by the SIB and supporting bioinformatics projects in large scale. Named a “Full Member” of the LICR in 2006, he is fully involved in bioinformatics research on cancer genomics and develops numerous collaborations with local communities of genomics researchers in Lausanne, Geneva and international groups of the LICR.

Presently he is director of the High Performance Biological Computing of the University of Illinois . He is also an active member of the Pan African Bioinformatics Network for the Human Heredity and Health in Africa (H3Abio-Net) .