Prof. Robert Waterhouse

Research Interests

My research is driven by a fascination for exploring how gene and genome evolution impact organismal functions and adaptations, with a focus on insects and other arthropods. Genomics brings many new opportunities to address these questions, but also the challenges of extracting meaningful biological interpretations from the rapidly accumulating data. Overcoming these challenges requires the development of innovative computational approaches to support the investigation of evolutionary-functional correspondences and drive hypothesis generation for experimental testing. Find out more about my research: http://rmwaterhouse.org

Curriculum Vitae

2017 -
Swiss National Science Foundation Professeur Boursier, Department of Ecology and Evolution, University of Lausanne, Switzerland.

2016 - 2017
Maître Assistant, University of Geneva and Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics, Switzerland.

2015 - 2015
Marie Curie Returning Fellow, University of Geneva and Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics, Switzerland.

2013 - 2014
Marie Curie International Outgoing Fellow, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Broad Institute of MIT & Harvard, USA.

2009 - 2012
Postdoctoral Research Assistant, University of Geneva and Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics, Switzerland.

2005 - 2009
Wellcome Trust Doctoral Fellow, Imperial College London, UK.

2004 - 2005
Wellcome Trust Masters Fellow, Imperial College London, UK.

2000 - 2004
Undergraduate Master of Science in Molecular & Cellular Biochemistry, New College, University of Oxford, UK.

Community Roles and Service

  • Biodiversity Genomics Conference 2022, Chair of Europe & Mediterranean stream, UK (virtual) 10.2022
  • Organiser, European Conference on Computational Biology: Genome Workshop, Spain (virtual), 09.2022
  • Biodiversity Genomics Europe, Coordination Team since 05.2021 & Executive Board since 09.2022
  • Scientific Organising Committee Chair, Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics Days, 06.2022, Biel/Bienne
  • Scientific Organising Committee, Arthropod Genomics Symposium, 06.2022, Uni. of Notre Dame
  • Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics Board of Directors (Group Leader representative), since 04.2022
  • eBioDiv Scientific Advisory Board, Literature Services for Biodiversity, since 09.2021
  • Executive Committee, ATLASea, the French Atlas of Marine Genomes, since 07.2021
  • Organiser, Arthropod Genomics Virtual Spring Symposia, webinars, 02/03/04/05.2021+2022
  • Vice Chair of the European Reference Genome Atlas (ERGA) initiative, since 04.2021
  • SIB Bioinformatics Resource Innovation Award Jury Member, 2021
  • Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion Working Group, since 2020
  • Department PI-PhD Mentoring Scheme, currently mentoring to two PhD students, since 2020
  • Admin and content manager, Arthropod Genomics Community Slack Workspace, since 2020
  • Scientific Organising Committee, Arthropod Genomics Symposium, 07.2020 (virtual)
  • Scientific Organising Committee, Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics SIB Days, 06.2020 (virtual)
  • ELIXIR Biodiversity Focus Group, since 2019, co-lead of Biodiversity Community since 04.2022
  • Elected member, Conseil de Faculté de biologie et de médecine, 2019-2021, Université de Lausanne
  • Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics SIB Award Committee, 2019-2023 (Chair since 2021)
  • Department of Ecology & Evolution PI-Assistant Committee, 2019-2022, Université de Lausanne
  • Best SIB Swiss Bioinformatics Graduate Paper Award Jury Member, 2019
  • Scientific Organising Committee, Arthropod Genomics Symposium, 06.2019, Kansas State Uni.
  • Group Leader at the SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics, since 01.2018
  • International Aphid Genomics Consortium (IAGC) Steering Committee since 2016
  • i5K Consortium Coordination Committee since 2015
  • VectorBase Scientific User Group since 2014
  • FlyBase Community Advisory Group since 2014
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Phone: +41(0)21 692 4105
Fax: +41(0)21 692 4165
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