The Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics is an academic, non-profit foundation established in 1998 to coordinate research and education in bioinformatics throughout Switzerland and provide bioinformatics services on a national and international level. The Swiss-Prot group develops, annotates and maintains the UniProtKB/Swiss-Prot protein sequence database, the most widely used protein information resource in the world. The multi-disciplinary team provides expertise and training. It maintains a high-performance computing and data storage infrastructure for life science and medical research activities.

Within sysVASC, the Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics will contribute to database development, and systems biology approaches with a special expertise on data annotation.

Prof. Ioannis Xenarios

Ioannis Xenarios is a professor of computational biology at the University of Lausanne. He received his PhD in immunology at the Ludwig Institute of Cancer Research. He later became the head of Translational Bioinformatics at Merck Serono where his group developed methods for proteomics, microarray and genetics. Ioannis Xenarios is the current director of Swiss-Prot and VITAL-IT.


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