Daniel Kümin

Dr. sc. nat. Molecular Biology and Virology

Expert Biosafety

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Biosafety, Laboratory safety

Daniel Kümin

After earning his intermediate diploma in General Microbiology in Bern, Daniel Kümin caught the travel bug: he first went on to complete a master’s degree in Biotechnology in France, writing his master’s thesis at the Australian Animal Health Laboratory (AAHL) in Geelong, Australia, and followed that with a doctorate in Molecular Biology and Virology in Germany. He returned to Switzerland in order to take a postdoctoral position at the University of Bern. In 2008, Daniel Kümin transitioned from academia into the industry: he was responsible for the construction and commissioning of the Biocontainment Laboratory of Spiez Laboratory, and coordinated the technical and biological aspects of the renovation of the Institute for Virology and Immunology in Bern, which is the national reference laboratory for highly contagious epizootic diseases. He regularly holds training sessions on biosafety, and is a member of a number of international professional associations. Furthermore, he is a founding member and member of the board of the Swiss Biosafety Network (SBNet). Daniel Kümin has worked as an expert in biosafety in the Environmental Planning department at Basler & Hofmann since 2018.

What fascinates you about your work?

The area of tension between theory and practice when it comes to planning, building and operating high-security labs. For example, depending on which protection targets need to be met, the requirements for an airtight room could diverge. In this case, it’s important to find logical, risk-based solutions.

What other profession could you imagine yourself in – and why?

Instead of being a scientist with a passion for technology, I could also see myself as a technician with a great deal of interest in science. Either way, I would still be working in the field of biosafety.

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