Meet the Experts

Preclinical Research

Prof. Dr. Marcel Tanner

Chief Scientific Advisor

Prof. Dr. Marcel Tanner was Director of the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute from 1997 to 2015 and is now President of the Swiss Academy of Sciences. He holds a Ph.D. in medical biology from the University of Basel and an MPH from the University of London.

Prof. Dr. Thomas Klimkait

Project Leader in Vaccine Design and Preclinical Virology

Thomas Klimkait studied Molecular Biology in Cologne, Germany. During 3 research years at the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland, USA, he co-discovered and published one of the essential HIV-1 proteins.

Prof. Dr. Volker Thiel

Principal Investigator

Volker Thiel has studied Biology at the University of Würzburg, Germany. Already during his master thesis, he started to work on coronaviruses at the Institute of Virology in Würzburg and has then completed his PhD in 1998.

Prof. Dr. Christian Münz

Project Leader in Preclinical Immunology

Prof. Dr. Christian Münz is Co-Director of the Institute of Experimental Immunology of the University of Zürich. His research focuses on human innate and adaptive cell-mediated immune responses to viral infections.

Prof. Dr. Adrian Egli

Project Leader in Molecular Verification and Sequencing

Prof. Dr. Adrian Egli is the Head of Molecular Verification and Sequencing at the University Hospital in Basel and leads the Applied Microbiology research group at the University of Basel.

Prof. Dr. Sebastian Leidel

Principal Investigator

Sebastian Leidel is Professor for Cellular RNA Biochemistry at the Department of Chemistry, Biochemistry and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Bern. He has earned his PhD at the University of Lausanne in collaboration with the Swiss Institute for Experimental Cancer Research (ISREC).

Prof. Dr. Ramesh Pillai

Principal Investigator

Ramesh Pillai is a Professor at the Department of Molecular Biology, Faculty of Science, University of Geneva. His research focus is on the study of small noncoding RNAs and role of RNA modifications in gene regulation.

Prof. Dr. Klaus Osterrieder

Preclinical Development Expert

Klaus Osterrieder is currently Dean of the Jockey Club College of Veterinary Medicine and Life Sciences at City University. He also is a Professor of Virology at Freie Universität Berlin, Germany (since 2007, currently on leave of absence), and Adjunct Professor of Virology at Cornell University (2007 – present).

Prof. Dr. Bernd Giese

Advisor in DNA Chemistry

Prof. Dr. Bernd Giese is a professor of organic chemistry and co-founder and former chairman of the biotech company Piqur Therapeutics AG. He studied the influence of activation entropies on the selectivity of organic reactions and developed the isoselective relationship.