Prof Torsten Schwede

Co-Chair of the BRCCH Board
Vice-Director of Research, University of Basel

Prof Torsten Schwede is a professor of structural bioinformatics at the Biozentrum of the University of Basel and a group leader at the Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics (SIB). Since 2018, he has served as Vice-President for Research and is responsible for career advancement, technology transfer (Unitectra), national and international cooperation, the Grants Office, digital research infrastructures (sciCORE Center for Scientific Computing, CeDA Center for Data Analytics), research networks and open science.

Prof Schwede studied chemistry at the University of Bayreuth and the University of Freiburg. After completing his doctorate in structural biology (protein crystallography), he conducted research at the global pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline in Geneva. In 2001, he joined the University of Basel, where he leads a research group at the Biozentrum on structural bioinformatics with a focus on protein structure prediction. Within the Swiss Personalized Health Network Initiative (SPHN), he was involved in the development of a national health data infrastructure in Switzerland. Starting January 2025, Prof Schwede will be the new President of the SNSF Research Council.

Within the context of the BRCCH, Prof Schwede sits on the Board.


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