Ron Appel, Executive Director
Ron Appel graduated in Computer Science from the University of Geneva, where he also earned his Ph.D. in Informatics Applied to Proteomics, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard School of Public Health. He was co-founder in 1998 of SIB, where he led the Proteome Informatics Group. He is professor of bioinformatics at the University of Geneva and is also scientific co-founder of two biotechnology companies in Geneva.
Christine Durinx, Associate Director
Christine Durinx holds a degree in Pharmacy from the University of Antwerp, Belgium, where she also obtained her Ph.D. She has worked in the pharmaceutical industry for over 10 years in Medical Affairs and International Medical Communications. Christine joined SIB in May 2014.
Jocelyne Bocquet, Head of Finance & Grant Services
Jocelyne Bocquet received a degree in Financial Management in 1982, and she has always worked in different areas of financial trusts, institutions, foundations and associations. She was responsible for the Accounting Department of the Canton of Vaud Chamber of Commerce and Industry for nine years before joining SIB in 2009.
Marc Filliettaz, Legal and Technology Transfer Officer
Marc Filliettaz obtained a Master’s degree in Law at the University of Geneva. During his studies he co-founded a Geneva-based company, specializing in a new process technology for conditioning wine, which is still continuing to grow. He joined SIB in 2014 to help set up the Legal and Technology Transfer Office. Marc is responsible for the Technology Transfer Office and for all legal matters at SIB.
Véronique Mangold, Head of Human Resources
Véronique Mangold started her career as a teacher for disabled children and teenagers with learning difficulties. She then studied Theology at the University of Geneva and received training in Human Resources. Véronique joined SIB’s Swiss-Prot and PIG groups in June 2000 where she was in charge of various activities before creating their HR Department in 2002. In October 2009, she became the Head of the SIB Human Resources Department.
Sandra Reinders, Human Resources Manager
Sandra Reinders holds a degree in European Business Studies from the University of Enschede, the Netherlands and the Regional Technical College of Galway, Ireland. She obtained a Master’s degree in Management of Technology and Innovation from the University of Technology of Compiègne, France. She has worked in Human Resources for nearly 20 years in various countries and various industries, amongst which the academic sector as of 2008. Sandra joined SIB in November 2015.
Marie Dangles, Head of Communications
Marie Dangles obtained a Master’s degree in Management at Toulouse Business School, France, in 2001. She has worked in communications in the banking industry for over 10 years, first as Asia Communication Manager based in Hong Kong and then as Head of Communications for Switzerland, the Middle East and Asia, located in Geneva. Marie joined SIB in January 2017.
Maïa Berman, Communications Manager
Maïa graduated in Biology from the University of Geneva in 2007, and completed a PhD on Ant Community Ecology in 2012 under a joint supervision between the University of Montpellier (France) and Charles Darwin University (Darwin, Australia). She then worked as Business Network Coordinator at a leading Swiss law firm, implementing and coordinating business development and data management projects firm-wide, before joining SIB in August 2016.
Salina Arope, Project Manager
Salina Arope received her doctorate degree in Biology from the CHUV, University of Lausanne. She then worked as a researcher at the Institute of Biotechnology at the University of Lausanne. After several years of research activities, she moved in multi-disciplinary project development and management at the HEIG-VD University of Applied Sciences before branching into scientific communications in several NGOs. She worked as a Community Manager at the Alliance, EPFL before joining SIB in May 2016.
Chiara Gabella, Project Manager
Chiara Gabella graduated in Mathematical Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Turin, Italy. She then moved to Switzerland, where she obtained her Ph.D. in Physics with a specialization in Biophysics, at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL), followed by a postdoctoral fellowship in the Laboratory of Cell Biophysics. Chiara joined SIB in May 2016.
Sabine Perlini, Financial Assistant
Sabine Perlini received a commercial degree in 1984. She then worked as an accountant at various companies until the birth of her first child in 1989.
Sabine has been active in several associations for more than 10 years. She joined SIB in October 2009 to assist the Head of Finance.
Sylvie Flegel, Communications Assistant
Sylvie Flegel holds a degree in Foreign Languages (English, Italian and German) as well as a degree in Tourism. She worked one year for an airline company at Geneva airport and nearly 3 years for the Swiss Federal Railways (CFF) in Lausanne before leaving for Dublin, Ireland where she studied photography and graphic design. After two and a half years she returned to Switzerland to work at Les Diablerets Tourist Office for two years and in a real estate office for one year. She joined SIB during the summer of 2009 and assists the Head of Communications and the Administration Department.
Lydie Nso Nso, Administration Assistant
After obtaining an undergraduate diploma in Business delivered by the CEC André-Chavanne in Geneva, Lydie Nso Nso received a "Maturité Professionnelle Commerciale" following the completion of a secretarial internship in a middle school. She then attended the HEG Geneva where she received training in Business Administration for a year and a half, and went on to work in an industrial company as a trainee. She joined SIB in August 2014, where she assists the Administration Department.
Leonardo Ledesma, Accounting Assistant
After obtaining his Economy & Law high-school degree, Leonardo Ledesma went to the "Gymnase" for a degree in Federal Economy & Law. Upon graduation, he worked for SIB for one year, as part of his training programme for the "Maturité professionnelle Commerciale". In September 2014, he joined SIB to work for the Finance Department and the Vital-IT Group's secretariat. In parallel, he is continuing his studies at the "HEIG".
Vanessa Monteiro Caria, Human Resources Assistant
After eight years in Germany, Vanessa Monteiro Caria came to Switzerland in 2003 where she received her degree in Economics and Commerce at the "Gymnase de Beaulieu" in Lausanne. She joined SIB in September 2013 as a trainee for her "Maturité Professionelle Commerciale" and she assisted the Administration, Human Resources and Finance Departments for a year. She is now the Human Resources Assistant and will continue her studies at the "HEIG" aiming for a career in Management.
Vivienne Baillie Gerritsen, Science Writer
Vivienne Baillie Gerritsen has a degree in Biology from the University of Geneva, and has been involved in popular science for many years. She joined SIB in 2000 to create the online magazine "Protein Spotlight", and has taken an active part in bringing SIB research to the layman by way of exhibitions, plays and stories for children, and other activities during various science fairs. Vivienne is also an independent professional in popular science and supports the Head of Communications in writing popular science texts for SIB’s diverse publications.