Imagine's Scientific Advisory Board

Made up of eminent scientists recognized worldwide, every year the Scientific Advisory Board makes recommendations to the Board of Trustees and to Imagine’s Top Management on the Institute’s scientific and strategic guidelines, including the selection of new teams, the development and organization of scientific groups, as well as assessment of their work.

Imagine Institute

Elisabeth Blackburn

President of the Scientific Advisory Board

Prof. Elizabeth Blackburn

Elizabeth Blackburn, winner of the 2009 Nobel Prize in Medicine

Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, University of California, San Francisco, USA


Thanks to its independence and global outlook and vision as well as its experience and goodwill, the Scientific Advisory Board has the legitimacy to challenge us in our scientific and medical battles, but also in those concerning the existence and future of the Foundation. It helps us to tackle global science, to raise awareness and share our model, and to build an international network. It conducts an assessment of Imagine at the highest level, which contributes to the Institute’s excellence. The varied and complementary expertise of its members together covers the major scientific fields and current thought patterns of the Institute  

Prof. Stanislas Lyonnet, Director of the Imagine Institute

Discover the members of the Scientific Advisory Board:


Stylianos Antonarakis


Prof. Stylianos Antonarakis

Department of Medical Genetics, University of Geneva, Faculty of Medicine of Geneva, Switzerland



Aravinda chakravarti


Prof. Aravinda Chakravarti

NYU Grossman School of Medicine, New-York, USA



Iain Drummond


Prof. Iain Drummond

MDI Biological Laboratory, Bar Harbor, USA



Denis Duboule


Prof. Denis Duboule

Laboratory of Developmental Genomics, Lausanne, Switzerland 



Portrait Jacques Fellay

Prof. Jacques Fellay

School of Life Sciences, EPFL, Precision medecin Unit, CHUV, Lausanne, Switzerland



Douglas Higgs

Prof. Douglas Higgs

MRC Weatherall Institute for Molecular Medicine, Oxford University




Bernard Malissen


Prof. Bernard Malissen

Immunophenomics Center Marseille-Luminy, France



Anthony Monaco


Dr. Anthony Monaco

Tufts University, Medford/Sommerville, USA



Fiona Powrie


Prof. Fiona Powrie

Kennedy Institute of Rheumatology, Oxford University, UK



Antoine Triller


Prof. Antoine Triller

Institute of Biology of the Ecole Normale Supérieure Paris, France 


I have been a member of the Imagine Scientific Advisory Board since it was established over ten years ago. I have witnessed the Institute’s development and the realization of its dream, which was to bring together all the knowledge in developmental sciences and all the expertise as regards understanding genetic diseases, in a single workspace and with a mindset that creates synergies. I do not think that this unique combination can be found anywhere else  

Elizabeth Blackburn, President of the Scientific Advisory Board