Short CV/Education and training

  • 1955 – 1961
    Studied medicine

  • 1962
    Clinical training

  • 1963 – 1964
    Researcher at the University of Bern, Switzerland; work toward an experimental dissertation

  • 1983 – 1990
    Professeur associé, Faculty of Medicine, University of Lausanne, Switzerland

  • 1991 – 2001
    Professeur ordinaire, Faculty of Medicine, University of Lausanne

  • Since 2002
    Professeur honoraire, Faculty of Medicine, University of Lausanne

Selected publications

  • Vogt, V.M., Eisenman, R., Diggelmann, H.: Generation of Avian myeloblastosis virus structural proteins by proteolytic cleavage of a precursor polypeptide. In: J. Mol. Biol. 96, 1975. pp. 471-493.

  • Klemenz, R., Diggelmann, H.: The generation of the two envelope glycoproteins of Rous Sarcoma Virus from a common precursor polypeptide. In: Virology 85, 1987. pp. 63-74.

  • Buetti, E., Diggelmann, H.: Cloned mouse mammary tumor virus DNA is biologically active in transfected mouse cells and its expression is stimulated by glucocorticoid hormones. In: Cell 23, 1981. pp. 335-345.

  • Fasel, N. et al.: The region of mouse mammary tumor virus DNA containing the long terminal repeat includes a long coding sequence and signals for hormonally regulated transcription. In: EMBO J. 1, 1982. pp. 3-7.

  • Acha-Orbea, H. et al.: Clonal deletion of V-beta14-bearing T cells in mice transgenic for mammary tumor virus. In: Nature 350, 1991. pp. 207-211.

  • Wirth, S. et al.: Regions of the Mouse Mammary Tumor Virus superantigen involved in the interaction with the MHC class II I-A molecule. In: J.Virol. 76, 2002. pp. 11172-11175.


Selected projects

  • Most recent project: Interaction of mouse mammary tumour virus with its host

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Member of the senate commission of the Helmholtz Association, Berlin, 2005 – 2010

  • Member of the board of directors of the Austrian Science Fund, Vienna, Austria, 2005 – 2009

  • Member of the Foundation Science-et-Cité, Bern, Switzerland, 1999 – 2007

  • Member of the European Heads of Research Foundations (EUROHORCS), 1997 – 2004

  • President ad interi of the Council of the Swiss Federal Universities (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich council (ETH-Rat)), 1995

  • Vice president of the Roche Research Foundation, 1993 – 1996

  • Vice president of the Council of the Swiss Federal Universities (ETH-Rat), 1993 – 1995

  • Member of the Roche Research Foundation, 1991 – 1993

  • Member of the Council of the Swiss Federal Universities (ETH-Rat), 1990 – 1996

  • President of the Swiss Committee for Biological Safety (SKBS), 1990 – 1995

  • Member of the Swiss Co-ordination Committee for Biotechnology (SKB), 1986 – 1990

  • Member of the Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee of the Tropical Disease Program (TDR) of the World Health Organisation (WHO), 1986 – 1989

  • Member of the Research Council of the Swiss National Science Foundation (Division of Biology and Medicine), 1983 – 1989

  • President of the Swiss Committee for Molecular Biology (SKMB), 1983 – 1986

  • President of the Swiss Society of Cellular and Molecular Biology, 1981 – 1982

  • Secretary of the Swiss Committee for Molecular Biology (SKMB), 1978 – 1982

  • Member of the committee on Experimental Genetics of the Swiss Academy of Medicine, 1976 – 1986

  • Honorary member of the Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences

  • Member of the European Molecular Biology Organisation

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Additional interests


Soft Skills

  • Experience in mentoring


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