Professor Emeritus, University of Lausanne and Chair of the board, Biopôle SA
Nouria Hernandez obtained a Master (diploma) in Biology from the University of Geneva in 1980 and a PhD in Molecular Biology from the University of Heidelberg in 1983. She did postdoctoral research at Yale University, in New Haven, Connecticut, USA, focusing on mechanisms of gene expression. In 1987, she joined the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, a research institute located on Long Island, New York, USA and became a full Professor there in 1993. In 1994, she was selected as an Associate Investigator by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and became a full Howard Hughes Medical Investigator in 1999. In 2004, she spent a sabbatical at the University of Lausanne and joined the faculty there as a Professor and Director of the Center for Integrative Genomics in the Fall of 2005. From August 2016 to July 2021, she was the Rector of the University of Lausanne. She joined the Biopôle board in 2016 and has presided it from September 2020.