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 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 and scientific manager of laboratory 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, and animal welfare and ethics. She currently leads the 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 deals with global health challenges at the human-animal-ecosystem interface and uses the One Health approach. This includes emerging zoonotic diseases, biodiversity and health linkages, human-animal interactions in urban ecosystems, and the global snakebite crisis. 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.