Fernando Martin-Sanchez

Director, Health and Biomedical Informatics Centre (HaBIC), University of Melbourne

Professor Fernando Martin-Sanchez studied Molecular Biology and Biochemistry at the Universidad Autonoma of Madrid. He then received his M.Sc. degree in Knowledge Engineering and a PhD in Informatics from the Technical University (UPM), also in Madrid. After a postdoctoral stay at the Joint Program in Biomedical Engineering between Emory University Hospital and Georgia Institute of Technology, in Atlanta (US), he returned to Spain and entered the National Institute of Health Carlos III. From 1993 to 1998 he was the CIO of the Institute and in 1998 became the Founding Director of the Medical Bioinformatics Research Unit.
In 2010 he received his PhD in Medicine from the University of La Coruna (Spain).
As of February 2011 he was appointed Professor and Chair of Health Informatics at the Melbourne Medical School and Head of the Health and Biomedical Informatics Research Laboratory of IBES (Institute for a Broadband-Enabled Society). In May 2013, he became the inaugural Director of the newly established Health and Biomedical Informatics Centre (HaBIC) at the University of Melbourne. Prof. Martin-Sanchez is co-author of more than 100 peer-reviewed publications and his research has been funded by some 30 grants from the European Commission, the Spanish Ministries of Health, Science and Defense, IBES and the Australian NHMRC and Department of Health. His research interests cover a wide range of topics related with the role of informatics in personalized medicine and participatory health. He is a Member of AMIA (American Medical Informatics Association) and HISA (Health Informatics Society of Australia) and a Director of Biogrid Australia. He is also interim Associate Director of IBES, one of the multidisciplinary research institutes of the University.


  • –present
    Chair and Professor, Health and Biomedical Informatics, University of Melbourne


  • 2010 
    University of A Coruna (Spain), Medicine