GeoHealth Group

Prof. Nicolas Ray

Head of Division of Human, Animal, and Environmental Health

+41 22 37 90 784

Nicolas Ray is Associate Professor at the Institute of Global Health of the University of Geneva, directing the Division Human, Animal, and Environmental Health, heading the GeoHealth group, and directing the Doctoral program in Global Health. He is also a member of the Institute for Environmental Sciences, where he is the Director of the Hub "Digital Sciences for environment and health". After studying Biology at University of Lausanne, he obtained a Master in Environmental Sciences and a PhD in Biology from University of Geneva, followed by three post-doctoral positions (University of Southampton, University of Melbourne, and University of Bern). He has a long-standing inter-disciplinary research experience in spatial ecology, population genetics, spatial data infrastructure, GIS, and global health, with a focus on developing and applying models of physical accessibility to health services. He was previously seconded for nine years to UN Environment/GRID-Geneva office, where he was heading the Environment Modeling & Geoprocessing Unit and was the Technology Director of the global MapX initiative. He is currently leading several projects directed toward geospatial modelling at the interface of global health and environmental sciences, and with an emphasis on low- and middle-income countries. He is the Co-PI of the SNF project SNAKE-BYTE (2018-2022), a country-wide epidemiological study on the epidemiology of snakebite and the access to antivenom in Cameroun and Nepal. He is co-directing the development of ACCESSMOD, an open-source tool to model geographic accessibility to health services using realistic movements of patients, which he implements in more than 20 countries through projects with UNFPA, UNICEF, The Global Fund, FIND, WHO, and the World Bank.



At the Institute of Global Health:
GeoHealth group, Office G6-02, Campus Biotech, Chemin des Mines 9, 1202 Geneva, Switzerland
Tel: +41 22 379 07 84

At the Institute for Environmental Sciences:
GeoHealth group, Office B406, UNI CARLVOGT, 66 Bd Carl Vogt, 1205 Geneva, Switzerland
Tel: +41 22 379 07 84




Citations of my publications are found on Google Scholar Citation

The list below is from UNIGE Open Archive. Go to the full list of publications from N. Ray for in press publications, software, etc.


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