Affiliated with the Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research (NIBR) and the University of Basel, the FMI is a not-for-profit 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 Director runs the institute with the support of the group leaders and an administrative management team. The Scientific Advisory Board (SAB), composed of renowned international researchers, plays an important role in steering the strategy of the institute and reviewing its work.

FMI DIRECTOR

Dirk Schübeler

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. Dirk joined the FMI in 2003 as a junior group leader, in 2008 he was appointed senior group leader, and in 2011 he became adjunct professor at the University of Basel. Dirk’s research focuses on understanding gene regulation and the function of chromatin. He received several awards for his research including the Friedrich Miescher Price of the Swiss Society for Biochemistry (2007), the Novartis VIVA Leading Scientist Award (2011), the ESCI Award for Excellence in Basic/Translational Research (2014) and three prestigious ERC grants.
Dirk led the FMI as co-director ad interim from March 2019 until April 2020, together with Silvia Arber. In April 2020 he was appointed as the new director of the FMI.

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RESEARCH GROUP LEADERS

TECHNOLOGY PLATFORM HEADS

Name Platform

Simone Cavadini

Structural Biology

Laurent Gelman

Facility for Advanced Imaging and Microscopy

Iskra Katic

C. elegans facility

Hubertus Kohler

Cell sorting (FACS)

Jan Seebacher

Proteomics and protein analysis

Sebastien Smallwood

Functional Genomics

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

People & Organization

Peter Thommen

Facility Management

FMI FORMER DIRECTORS

Name Period

Silvia Arber & Dirk Schübeler (co-Directors ad interim)

2019-2020

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