Prof. Christophe Dessimoz

Associate Professor, University of Lausanne
Executive Director, Swiss Institute for Bioinformatics


Christophe Dessimoz is Associate Professor at the Department of Computational Biology, and Executive Director of the SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics.

Christophe studied biology at ETH Zurich and obtained his PhD in computer science (2009) from the same institution. After a postdoc at the European Bioinformatics Institute near Cambridge (UK), he joined University College London as lecturer (2013), then reader (2015), then professor (2020). In 2015, he moved his main activities to the University of Lausanne, first as SNSF professor (2015), then as associate professor (2021). Since 2016, Christophe is also a group leader at the SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics. In 2022, he became executive director of SIB.

Christophe has published over 100 scientific articles, and has received several awards, including the 2012 SIB Early Career Bioinformatician Award, the 2019 Overton Prize from the International Society for Computational Biology, and the 2021 Optimus Agora Prize from the Swiss National Science Foundation.

An interview is available here (English). A biography is provided in this article (English) and in this university profile (French). There is another interview here (French) here.


Academic leadership and service





  • Expert witness for patent litigation, with cases in UK, US, and France.

Media coverage

Selected interviews and quotes are listed here.