Blaise Genton is full professor of Tropical and Travel Medicine at the Faculty of Biology and Medicine, University of Lausanne, Switzerland, head of the Tropical/Travel Medicine Unit at the Department of Ambulatory Care and Community Medicine, physician-head at the Division of Infectious Disease, Department of Internal Medicine, Le Centre Hospitalier Universitaire, as well as group leader in clinical epidemiology and public health at the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute in Basel. He spent more than 13 years in developing countries working mainly on malaria. He led many clinical trials on malaria vaccines and drugs in Switzerland, Tanzania, and Papua New Guinea. In the latter country, he focused his work on Plasmodium species interactions and treatment. More recently, he has been leading several projects to assess the impact of new interventions, most of them aiming at rational use of antimalarials and antibiotics using electronic devices. His research agenda is focused on the validation of new technologies in the field, promoting evidence-based policy change, and evaluating the impact of new interventions when implemented in programmatic conditions. He is the author or co-author of more than 250 publications in peer-reviewed journals.
Professor Genton earned a Medical degree from the University of Lausanne, a master’s of Science from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, and a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Basel.