Dr. Isabelle Bolon
Researcher and Veterinarian
Biotech Campus G6.02
+41 22 379 0986
Isabelle Bolon is a veterinarian and researcher 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 in topics related to animal health (wildlife ecotoxicology) and human health (pathology of lung cancer, animal models of skin diseases). She also served as Veterinary / Scientific Manager of Animal Facilities (Faculty of Medicine, University of Geneva) and Research Advisor (Rectorate, University of Geneva). 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, animal welfare and ethics. She currently leads the Precision One Health Unit with Dr. Rafael Ruiz de Castañeda. In this context, she develops and contributes to innovative teaching activities (e.g. MOOC, flipped‐classrooms, distance education in Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya) and interdisciplinary research in collaboration with local, national and international partners (University Hospitals of Geneva, Citizen Cyberlab, InZone, WHO, MSF, EPFL, Swiss TPH, Institut Pasteur, University of Montreal). Her research interests include emerging zoonotic infectious diseases, biodiversity and health linkages, human-animal interactions in urban ecosystems, and the global snakebite crisis. She is a partner in the interdisciplinary Snake-Byte SNSF project "Tackling the second deadliest Neglected Tropical Disease: predicting and reducing the impact of Snakebite on human and animal health through interdisciplinary analyses of hotspots and access to care", and 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 HUG".
The interdisciplinary Precision One Health Unit addresses emerging issues in Global Health at the human-animal-ecosystem interface, including both health risks resulting from human-animal interactions such as zoonosis but also opportunities for health promotion associated to biodiversity conservation. This brings together theory and practice from a diversity of fields such as epidemiology of infectious diseases, veterinary public health, environmental health, zoology and disease ecology, urban ecology, conservation sciences, citizen cyber-science etc.
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