Jacques S. Beckmann was, from 2013 till 2016, head of clinical bioinformatics at the SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics. From 2003-2012, he was Professor of Human Genetics and Director of the Dept. of Medical Genetics at the Univ. of Lausanne (UNIL) and of the Medical Genetics Service of the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois (CHUV).
Previously, he held a chair as Full Professor at the Dept. of Molecular Genetics at the Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel.
His interest shifted to human genetics in 1990 while in Paris, where he held successively senior research positions at the CEPH, Généthon (Evry), and finally, was involved in the creation of the Centre National de Génotypage (CNG, Evry), where he served as Deputy-Director. His main contributions are in the elaboration of genetic, physical and gene maps of the human genome, as well as in the positional cloning of a number of disease loci involved in limb girdle muscular dystrophy, diabetes and other diseases. His recent research interests also included genomic disorders as well as the genetic basis of complex traits. Prof. Beckmann has published (www.researcherid.com/rid/A-9772-2008) 400 scientific peer-reviewed articles in molecular genetics, genetics and genomics and, with > 40’000 citations, has an ISI and Google scholar H-index of respectively 101 and 115. He served on the editorial boards of several scientific journals and is or has been a board member of the ESHG, ENMC, Italian Telethon, HGVS committees, INRA, E-Rare, La Fondation des Maladies Rares and the Jérôme Lejeune Foundation as well as a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the French GenMed, the France Génomique programs, the Blackswan Foundation and French DEFIDIAG. In Switzerland, he took part in several committees that contributed to establish the national program towards personalized health.