Professor of Molecular Biology, University of Basel
Friedrich Miescher Institute
for Biomedical Research
T: +41 61 697 7255
F: +41 61 697 3976
Susan studied at the University of Chicago and completed her PhD at the University of Basel (Biochemistry; G. Schatz), working on the import of mitochondrial proteins. As a postdoctoral fellow, she identified topoisomerase II as a structural component of mammalian metaphase chromosomes. From 1986-2001, as a research group leader at the Swiss Institute for Experimental Cancer Research, she combined genetic approaches and fluorescence microscopy to examine the impact of nuclear organization on genome function – specifically on heritable gene repression in yeast. Her laboratory identified mechanisms that tether telomeres and silent chromatin at the nuclear envelope. In parallel, they identified roles for RecQ helicases, checkpoint kinases and ORC in the maintenance of genome integrity.
From 2001-2004, Susan was a professor of Molecular Biology at the University of Geneva, and since December 2004, she is the Director of the Friedrich Miescher Institute in Basel. She has a parallel appointment as Professor of Molecular Biology at the University of Basel. Susan served as Chair of the EMBO Council and on advisory councils throughout Europe. She is an elected member of the Académie de France, and medical academies of Germany and Switzerland.