Prof. Marcel Tanner

Member of the foundation board

Prof. Tanner has been Director of the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (former Swiss Tropical Institute) in Basel since 1997 and Professor and Chair of Epidemiology and Medical Parasitology at the University of Basel since 1993. He has been Professor at the EPFL since 2007.

Marcel Tanner was born in Basel, Switzerland in 1952 and he did BSc and MSc studies in Biology, Chemistry and Medical Microbiology/Immunology and Zoology at the University of Basel, and holds a PhD in Medical Parasitology from the same university. He pursued post-doctoral research in Cameroon and Liberia, and followed this with postgraduate studies at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. As Head of the Department of Public Health and Epidemiology at the Swiss Tropical Institute, he undertook research on health development projects as well as in the field of control of communicable diseases. He has presided over the Commission of the Centre Suisse de Recherche Scientifique in the Ivory Coast since 1998. He has more than 400 original papers in peer-reviewed journals, 19 book chapters and he is co-editor of two books and has published more than 200 short communications and abstracts.