Affiliated with the Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research (NIBR) and the University of Basel, the FMI is legally a foundation. It is funded by Novartis and by research grants. The organization of the FMI is simple, comprising the research groups, the technology platforms and a lean administration. The FMI is currently headed by two directors who are running the institute with the support of the group leaders and an administrative management team. The international Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) plays an important role in steering the strategy of the institute and reviewing its work.

FMI CO-DIRECTORS

Silvia Arber (since 2019)

Born in Switzerland, Silvia Arber carried out her PhD thesis with Pico Caroni at the FMI and subsequently joined Professor Thomas Jessell’s group at Columbia University in New York as a postdoctoral fellow. In 2000, she returned to Basel as a Professor of Neurobiology and a group leader at both the Biozentrum of the University of Basel and the FMI. Silvia Arber is working on neuronal circuits controlling motor behavior. She has received various research awards, including the Otto Naegeli Prize (2014), the Louis-Jeantet Prize for Medicine (2017), the Novartis VIVA Leading Scientists Award (2017) and the Pradel Research Award (2018).

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Dirk Schübeler (since 2019)

Born in Germany, Dirk Schübeler obtained his PhD from the Technical University in Braunschweig, Germany, working with Jürgen Bode. He then worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the Hutchinson Cancer Center in Seattle, USA, with Mark Groudine. In 2003 he became a group leader at the FMI and since 2011 has also been an adjunct professor at the University of Basel. Dirk Schübeler’s research focuses on understanding gene regulation and the function of chromatin. The Novartis VIVA Leading Scientist Award (2011) and the ESCI Award for Excellence in Basic/Translational Research (2014) are among the research awards he received.

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RESEARCH GROUP LEADERS

TECHNOLOGY PLATFORM HEADS

Name Platform

Laurent Gelman

Facility for Advanced Imaging and Microscopy

Christel Genoud

Facility for Advanced Imaging and Microscopy

Iskra Katic

C. elegans facility

Hubertus Kohler

Cell sorting (FACS)

Jan Seebacher

Proteomics and protein analysis

Michael Stadler

Computational Biology

ADMINISTRATION & INFRASTRUCTURE HEADS

Name Area

Isabelle Baumann

Communications

Nicolas Favre

Patent & Licensing

Dean Flanders

Informatics

Bernhard Korn

Scientific Operations, HSE

Thomas Meyer

Finance & Controlling

Thibaut Siegmann

Knowledge Management

Jitka Steuer

Human Resources

Peter Thommen

Facility Management

FMI FORMER DIRECTORS

Name Period

Susan Gasser - short biography

2004-2019

Denis Monard

2002-2004

Yves Alain Barde

2001-2002

Max Burger

1987-2001

Karl Heusler

1984-1987

Edward Reich

1982-1984

Co-directorship of four-member Executive Committee

1976-1982

Matthys Stähelin

1974-1976

Denis Monard

1974

Hubert Bloch

1970-1974