Prof. Dr. Martin Bachmann – Head of department Immunology
Phone+41 (0)31 632 35 21
Fax+41 (0)31 381 57 35

Sahlihaus 1 / 2 
3010 Bern 



1991 - 1995PhD thesis in the Institute for Experimental Immunology in the lab of Prof. Zinkernagel and Prof. Hengartner under the supervision of Prof. Zinkernagel (ETH Zürich / Universitätsspital Zürich). The thesis was honoured with the ETH silver medal.
1991Completion of studies (Dipl. Natw. ETH). Final examinations were passed with distinction since maximal marks were achieved in all examinations.
1986 - 1991Study of cell biology at the Eidgenössischen Technischen Hochschule Zürich (ETH). Diploma thesis at the Institute for Neurobiology in the laboratory of Prof. Dr. M. Schachner on the influence of cell adhesion molecules on the adheseviness of the extracellular matrix. The thesis was honoured with the ETH silver medal.

Professional experience

2015 - presentHead of Department of Immunology, RIA, Inselspital, Bern, Switzerland
2015 - presentProfessor of Immunology, University of Bern
2013 - presentProfessor of Immunology (associate), University of Oxford
2012 - presentVisiting professor at University of Zürich
2012 - presentFounding of Saiba GmbH and Areba AG; Founding of Hypopet ongoing
2012 - presentScientific Advisory Board of a number of companies
2006 - presentScientific Advisory Board of Biotechnology Institute Thurgau
2003 - 2010Board of directors, Mavena AG
2000 - 2012Chief Scientific Officer, Cytos Biotechnology AG, Zürich-Schlieren. Buildup of research group of 40-50 people at Cytos.
1997 - 2000Member at the Basel Institute for Immunology, Basel, Switzerland
1995 - 1997Post-Doc in the lab of Prof. Ohashi, OCI, Toronto, Canada
1995Post-Doc in the lab of Prof. Zinkernagel, Universitätsspital Zürich

Prizes and honours

  • Swiss Technology Award 2013 (Hypopet i.G.)
  • Swiss Technology Award 2004 (Cytos)
  • Pfizer Prize 1998 for Immunology
  • ETH Silver Medal for PhD thesis (1995)
  • Honoured final examinations (maximal marks in all examinations) (1991)
  • ETH Silver Medal for diploma thesis (1991)

Teaching activities

  • Clinical Vaccine Development & Biomanufacturing (Yearly, University of Oxford)
  • Human and Veterinary Vaccinology (Yearly, University of Oxford)
  • MIPS Modul 12 (Vaccinology course at ETH)
  • Journal Club for students on Immunology (ETH, yearly)
  • Immuno III lecture (ETH, yearly)
  • Bio 430 (Praktikum, Univerity of Zürich, yearly).
  • Basic Immunology Course Bern