Former SIB Directors
Prof. Ernest Feytmans was Director of SIB from 2002 to 2007.
Ernest Feytmans graduated in Cell Biology and Statistics from the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium. He received his Ph.D. in 1968 with a thesis written under the supervision of Jacques Berthet and Christian de Duve, and did a postdoctoral fellowship with Christian de Duve at Rockefeller University.
In 1969 he became professor at the Catholic University of Santiago, Chile. In 1975, he returned to Belgium and became full professor at Namur University, where he headed the Department of Biology and the unit of Structural Molecular Biology. He was also Chancellor from 1982 to 1987, and Dean of the Faculty of Sciences from 1991 to 1997.
In 1998, he was appointed Dean of the Faculty of Medical Sciences and Head of the Biochemistry Unit at the University of the West Indies, where he reorganized the first three years of the medical studies.
In 2001, he became Director of the SIB. He also became affiliated scientist of the Swiss Institute for Cancer Research (ISREC) and associate professor at the University of Lausanne.
Dr Victor Jongeneel was Founding Director of SIB from 1998 to 2002, and Director of SIB’s Vital-IT HPC Centre from 2003 to 2007.
After completing a degree in Biology at the University of Lausanne in 1974, he went on to do a PhD in Microbiology and Immunology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In 1980, he moved to San Francisco for a Post-doc in Biochemistry and Biophysics at the University of California, which he completed in 1983. He then moved back to Switzerland to do a second post-doc at ISREC for two years. In 1986, he became Group Leader at the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research in Lausanne where he led research on the molecular genetics of the tumour necrosis factor gene.
Victor took a keen interest in computer science when it first emerged in the 1970s, but as a biologist was denied the possibility of attending a class at the University of Lausanne! He took his first course at the University of North Carolina in 1976. Throughout his career, Victor focused on building bridges between the vast and expanding world of computer science and the life sciences. In 1997 and up to 2000, he became Manager of the Swiss Node of EMBnet, the global bioinformatics network. In 1997, he was also appointed Director of the Ludwig Institute’s worldwide Office of Information Technology – a position he held until 2006, during which he managed world-wide scientific and administrative IT for the Institute, and supported several cancer genomics research projects throughout the Institute.
Former Presidents of the Foundation Council
Peter Malama was President of the SIB Foundation Council from 2009 to 2012.
In the Swiss federal elections of 2007, he was elected to the National Council. He was a member of the direction of the Federal Assembly's liberal group and chaired the Committee for Science, Education and Culture.
Dr Johannes R Randegger was the President of the SIB Foundation Council from 2006 to 2009.
In 1995, he became a National Councillor, a position he held until the end of 2006. During that time, he was a member of the Committee for Science, Education and Culture of the National Council, a committee he chaired from 1999 to 2001.
Christiane Langenberger was president of the SIB Foundation Council from 1998 to 2006 and a member of the Board of Directors from 2006 to 2009.
She was a member of the Parliament of the Canton of Vaud from 1994 to 1995, before being elected to the Federal Parliament, namely as a member of the National Council from 1995 to 1999, and then as a Senator from 1999 to 2007. She was a member of the Committee for Science, Education and Culture of the National Council, of which she was Vice-President for two years, and then also a member of the Committee for Science, Education and Culture of the Senate, where she also served as Vice-President and then President.
Guy-Olivier Segond was the founder and first president of the SIB Foundation Council in 1998.
After serving as mayor of Geneva between 1983 and 1988, he became a member of the National Council from 1987 to 1990, and Central President of the Swiss European Union from 1988 to 1993.
Elected to the State Council of Geneva in 1989, he headed the Department of Social Welfare and Health until 2001.