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Francois Balloux

Chair Professor, Computational Biology, UCL

I'm an infectious disease epidemiologist and microbial geneticist. I work at University College London as a Professor of Computational Genetics and as the Director of the UCL Genetics Institute, UCL's big genetic data hub.

I studied at the University of Lausanne in Switzerland and obtained a Masters and PhD from the same institution in 1996, and 2000, respectively. I then spent two years in Edinburgh as a postdoc.

In 2002, I was offered a lectureship in the Department of Genetics in Cambridge where I stayed for five years. I moved to the newly formed MRC Centre for Outbreak Analysis and Modelling within the Department of Infectious disease epidemiology at Imperial College London in 2007.

I joined the UCL Genetics Institute (UGI) as a professor of Computational Systems Biology in 2012 and became Director of the Institute in 2015.


  • 2012–2021
    Director, UCL Genetics Institute
  • 2007–2012
    Associate Professor, Imperial College
  • 2002–2007
    Assistant Professor, Cambridge University