Short biography

Susan M. Gasser has been the director of the Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research in Basel since 2004, and is Professor of Microbiology at the University of Basel. Her research focuses on the spatial organization and structure of the genome in the cell nucleus, and on mechanisms that influence chromosomal stability during replication and cell division.

Susan M. Gasser studied biology at the University of Chicago and completed her PhD in 1982 in Professor Gottfried Schatz’s research group at the Biozentrum of the University of Basel. Following postdoctoral lab work with Professor Ulrich K. Laemmli at the University of Geneva, she led her own research group at the Swiss Institute for Experimental Cancer Research in Lausanne in 1986. In 2001 she became a professor at the Department of Molecular Biology of the University of Geneva.

Susan M. Gasser worked for the Swiss National Science Foundation for nine years, was nominated chair and vice chair (2003–2005) of the EMBO Council and currently belongs to various editing, assessment and advisory committees.

Susan M. Gasser has been a member of the Swiss Science Council since 2016.

She was born on 29 March 1955, is married and has a son.

Friedrich Miescher Institute
for Biomedical Research
Prof. Dr. Susan M. Gasser
Maulbeerstrasse 66
CH-4058 Basel

Phone: +41 61 697 50 25
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