The organisation team consists of researchers working at different academic and industry institutions spanning over the Basel area. We combine our organisation meetings with a good lunch or a beer in one of the Buvetten. Read more about the organisers of the seminar here.

Drawing Louise Barys is a bioinformatics Scientific Technical Leader in Oncology at the Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research (NIBR). Louise trained in Biotechnology at the Ecole Supérieure de Biotechnologies de Strasbourg (ESBS) and joined NIBR in 2006 as a molecular biologist.

Drawing Monica Golumbeanu is a postdoctoral fellow in the Disease Intervention Dynamics group of Prof. Melissa Penny at Swiss TPH. In her research, Monica develops data-driven computational analyses and mathematical models to understand malaria infection dynamics and the impact of interventions on host and parasite populations. Monica obtained a PhD in Computational Biology from ETH Zürich, where she studied gene expression dynamics of HIV infection.

Drawing Nicholas Kelley, founding member, is a Research Investigator in Genomics at the Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research (NIBR). Nick studied Chemistry at the Florida State University and obtained a PhD in Biophysics at the Stanford University School of Medicine. After postdoctoral research at the Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics SIB, he joined NIBR in 2014.

Drawing Grainne Kerr, founding member, is an investigator in Oncology Bioinformatics at the Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research (NIBR). Grainne studied Bioinformatics and Computer Science in Dublin where she also obtained a PhD in Bioinformatics. After postdoctoral research at the German Cancer Institute DKFZ, she transferred to industry and joined NIBR in 2014.

Drawing Carsten Magnus, founding member, has been researching at the Computational Evolution Group (Department of Biosystems Science and Engineering - D-BSSE, ETH Zurich) and at the IMV of University of Zurich. Carsten developed mathematical models to study biologically relevant questions concerning HIV dynamics and evolution. He is now working as a Data Scientist at Diagnostics Information Solutions (DIS) at Roche.

Drawing Venelin Mitov completed a BSc in Computer Science at the University of Sofia. After 5 years experience as a software engineer, he added a MSc in Computational Biology, and a PhD in Computational Evolution in the Computational Evolution Group at D-BSSE. Venelin develops computationally efficient methods for the analysis of big phylogenetic and continuous trait data and is now a postdoc in the cEvo group.

Drawing Diego Saldana is a Data Scientist at Roche Personalized Healthcare (PHC). He has developed models to analyze and predict from various data sources. Currently his main applications of interest are in oncology and clinico-genomics.

Drawing You? We are always happy about new people who help us organising the seminars and who contribute new and exciting ideas for seminar topics or ideas on how to make the seminar even more interactive. Maybe you also want to join the organisation team? Please feel free to contact us.

Former members

Drawing Elizaveta Semenova is a PhD candidate in Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Swiss TPH in the group of Penelope Vounatsou, where she develops novel computational methods for Bayesian analysis of surveillance data, i.e. modeling of large spatio-temporal point patterns and count time series for outbreaks detection. Beyond academia, Liza is a hackathons frequent flyer, where her titles alternate between a participant, a winner, a jury member and an organiser She is a passionate community builder, currently concentrating efforts around increasing diversity in STEM Personal website: