Dr. Isabelle Bolon

Researcher and Veterinarian

Biotech Campus G6.02
+41 22 379 0986

Isabelle Bolon is a veterinarian with over 20 years of experience working in academic research. She holds a PhD in Biology and a Master of Advanced Studies in Public Health. She led research projects pertaining to animal health (wildlife ecotoxicology) and human health (pathology of lung cancer, animal models of skin diseases). She specialized in laboratory animal sciences and served as veterinary and scientific manager of laboratory animal facilities (Faculty of Medicine, University of Geneva). She worked at the UNIGE rectorate where she headed the national research support for the UNIGE research community and coordinated UNIGE financial commitments to major national research programs (e.g., NCCRs). Her expertise covers large animal medicine, infectious disease surveillance and health monitoring of animal colonies, zoonosis prevention, laboratory animal pathology, animal research policies and regulations, and animal welfare and ethics. She currently leads the One Health Unit at the Institute of Global Health at UNIGE. She carries out innovative teaching activities (e.g., MOOC, flipped classrooms, One Health education in humanitarian context) and interdisciplinary research in collaboration with local, national, and international partners (e.g., University Hospitals of Geneva, Citizen Cyberlab, InZone, WHO, MSF, EPFL, Swiss TPH, Institut Pasteur, University of Montreal). Her research uses the One Health approach and digital innovation to better understand and tackle global health challenges at the interface of human, animal, and environmental health. She is interested in emerging zoonotic diseases, the inter-linkages between biodiversity and human health, the human-animal interface in urban socio-ecosystems, and neglected tropical diseases, particularly snakebite envenoming. She is a partner in charge of One Health in the interdisciplinary Snake-Byte project Predicting and reducing the impact of snakebite on human and animal health through interdisciplinary analyses of hotspots and access to care funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation. She co-leads the project Snapp: First medical decision‐support tool for snake identification based on artificial intelligence and remote collaborative expertise  funded by the Fondation privée des Hôpitaux Universitaires de Genève.