Prof. Christophe Dessimoz

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

Short bio

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 joint executive director of SIB.

Longer bio

Christophe did his first degree in Biology at ETH Zurich, Switzerland (1999-2003). After half-year stints at Northwestern University (Evanston, USA), Tsinghua University (Beijing, China), and at Chulalongkorn University (Bangkok, Thailand), he returned to ETH Zurich at the Department of Computer Science for his PhD (2004-2009), under the supervision of Gaston Gonnet.

After being promoted to teaching faculty member (2010) and senior research associate (2011) at ETH Zurich, he moved to the EMBL-European Bioinformatics Institute in Hinxton, as a visiting scientist in Nick Goldman’s group funded by a fellowship of the Swiss National Science Foundation.

He moved to University College London in 2013 as a Lecturer on a joint appointment between the Department of Genetics, Evolution & Environment and the Department of Computer Science. He was promoted to Reader in 2015, and to Professor in 2020.

In 2015, he joined UNIL as SNSF Professor. In 2021, he became Associate Professor. He retains an appointment at UCL, where he remains active in research and teaching.

Since 2016, Christophe is also a group leader at the Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics.In 2018, he was elected as group leader representative on the SIB Board of Directors. In 2022, he was appointed as joint executive director of the institute.

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.


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