Marcel Tanner, PhD is Professor of Epidemiology and Medical Parasitology and Chair of the Faculties of Science and Medicine at the University of Basel in Switzerland. He is also Director emeritus of the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute in Basel and current President of the Swiss Academy of Science.
Dr. Tanner earned an MSc in Medical Zoology and a PhD in Medical Parasitology from the University of Basel and an MPH from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. His area of research focus is communicable disease control, mainly relating to malaria and schistosomiasis. He has done extensive field work in Africa and Asia and is the author of more than 600 original papers in peer-reviewed journals, 21 book chapters, more than 400 published short communications and abstracts, and numerous evaluation reports and studies for governments and international agencies. He is also co-editor of two books on urban health and urbanization.