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.
PhD, Emeritus Professor, University of Geneva.
Jean Gruenberg’s main interest was to study the morphogenesis of sub-cellular organelles and the mechanisms that control intracellular membrane dynamics. He is also a member of LipidX (Systems Biology of Biomembranes) supported by the Swiss Initiative in Systems Biology.
Phone: +41(0)22 37 93464
Address: Faculty of Sciences, Department of Biochemistry
Jozsef Zoltan KISS
MD, Emeritus Professor, University of Geneva Medical School
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.
Phone: +41 22 379 52 02
Address: UNIGE Medial School
Scientist, World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland.
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
Phone: +41 22 791 3136
Address: WHO, Avenue Appia 20, 1211 Geneva 27
PhD, Emeritus professor, University of Geneva Medical School
Patrick Linder obtained his undergraduate training in Basel and his PhD on replication in Escherichia coli at the University of Geneva in 1984. He spent three years in Gif-sur-Yvette in France as a postdoctoral Fellow, before coming back to Switzerland as Junior Group Leader at the Biozentrum, University of Basel. He was appointed Lecturer at the University of Geneva in 1994, Associate Professor in 2000 and Full Professor in 2007 in the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Medicine. He was president of the Biology platform of the Academy of Natural Sciences from 2013-2018. Currently, he is chairman of the academy’s succession committee. At the Geneva School of Medicine he was in charge of bacteriology teaching from 1998-2015 and chairman of the working group for optional courses from their inception in 2007 until his retirement in 2020.
His research focused on RNA metabolism and virulence of Staphylococcus aureus
Phone: 079 471 09 71
Address: Department of Microbiology & molecular medicine Medical Faculty, University of Geneva
MD, Emeritus Professor, University of Zürich, Switzerland
The overall theme of his research is solute transport across membranes, in particular across epithelial barriers, and its role in maintaining the constancy of the ‘milieu intérieur’, i.e. body homeostasis. The current general aims of his group are to understand the mechanisms and roles of amino acid and phosphate transport at a cellular and systemic level. The focus on specific functions, combined with a breadth of approaches at different levels of complexity, is an example of experimental integrative physiology, where the research activities address and try to integrate questions at all levels, from gene regulation and protein structure via cellular mechanisms to tissue and systemic organisation and function.
Phone: +41 44 635 50 44
Address: Institute of PhysiologyUniversity of Zürich, Winterthurerstrasse 190, 8032 Zurich