SNI Executive Committee – New members and distributed tasksAllgemein, SNI INSIght June 2022
The composition of the SNI Executive Committee will also change as of 1 August. Some of the tasks previously performed by Christian Schönenberger as director will then be taken over by members of the SNI management. We would like to thank all former members of the SNI Executive Committee for their commitment and hope that they will remain supportive of the SNI.
Jörg Huwyler will be responsible for the nanoscience program at the SNI and will represent the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences.
He studied biology and earned his PhD at the Biozentrum of the University of Basel before working as postdoc at the University Hospital Basel and then joining the Brain Research Institute at UCLA School of Medicine in Los Angeles. He subsequently worked for seven years at F. Hoffmann-La Roche in Basel, during which time he qualified as a university lecturer in pharmacy. In 2006, he moved to the University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland (FHNW). Since 2010, he is full professor of Pharmaceutical Technology at the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Basel. His research focuses on the development of innovative drug delivery strategies using particulate drug carriers. To that effect, he has already been involved in several SNI projects.
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Roderick Lim has been an active SNI member for many years as an Argovia Professor and will continue to act as the contact person for all matters relating to the Biozentrum.
Roderick Lim studied applied physics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and received his PhD from the National University of Singapore (NUS)/Institute of Materials Research and Engineering (IMRE). Following a one year stint as a research associate at the Micro and Nano Systems Cluster in IMRE, he joined the NCCR Nano/Biozentrum in Basel as a postdoctoral fellow in 2004. In 2009, he was appointed Argovia Professor for Nanobiology. With his team, he studies fundamental principles and functional relationships between molecular mechanics, selectivity and transport in biological systems. Rod Lim is a co-founder of ARTIDIS, a company that applies nanomechanics to cancer diagnostics.
Patrick Maletinsky will become Vice Director of the SNI on 1 August and will also be responsible for the applied Nano Argovia program.
Patrick Maletinsky studied physics at ETH Zurich and, after several stays abroad (JILA Boulder, Colorado; ENS Paris), also completed his doctorate there. Following his time as a postdoc at Harvard University (MA, USA), he was appointed Georg H. Endress Professor at the University of Basel in 2012. At the Department of Physics, Patrick has established a group that works on quantum sensing and that has been involved in numerous SNI projects. In 2016, he and a group of research colleagues founded the startup Qnami together.
Kirsten Moselund is a new member of the SNI network. She will be responsible for matters relating to the Paul Scherrer Institute on the SNI Executive Committee.
Kirsten Moselund studied engineering at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) and holds a PhD from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL). She was at IBM in Rüschlikon until 2022 — first as a postdoc then as permanent researcher and lastly as head of the Materials Integration and Nanoscale Devices group. Since February 2022, she has been head of the newly established Laboratory for Nano and Quantum Technologies (LNQ) at PSI and also professor of electrical and microengineering at EPFL. Her research interests include nanophotonics, solid-state devices, novel materials and the development of devices at the interface between quantum computing and the classical world.
Martino Poggio will become the new director of the SNI on 1 August. In this role, he will represent the SNI externally and will also be responsible for the PhD School.
Martino Poggio studied physics at Harvard University in Massachusetts, USA, and received his PhD from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He then conducted research at the IBM Almaden Research Center in San Jose, California, and joined the SNI and the Department of Physics at the University of Basel as Argovia Professor in 2009. Since then, he has led a group working on nanomechanical sensing, nanomagnetism and sensitive scanning probe microscopy.
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Torsten Schwede has represented the President’s Board of the University of Basel on the SNI Executive Committee as Vice Rector Research since 2018.
Torsten Schwede studied chemistry at the University of Bayreuth, Germany, and at the Albert Ludwig University of Freiburg, Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany. After completing his PhD, he worked at the pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline until he was appointed Professor of Structural and Bioinformatics at the Biozentrum of the University of Basel in 2001. His research group investigates methods for modeling and simulating three-dimensional protein structures in order to elucidate protein functions at the atomic level. Since May 2018, Torsten Schwede has been Vice Rector for Research at the University of Basel.
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Oya Tagit is joining the SNI and will represent the interests of the University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland on the SNI Executive Committee.
Oya Tagit studied biology and biotechnology at the Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey, and earned her PhD at the MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology at the University of Twente in Enschede, Netherlands. She then worked in various positions in academia and industry in the Netherlands, France and Ireland (University of Twente, Radboud University Medical Center, MSD/Merck, Pierre and Marie Curie University, Université Paris Sud, Magnostics). Since 1 April 2022, she has been Professor of Biointerfaces at the Institute of Chemistry and Bioanalytics of the FHNW School of Life Sciences. Her research group focuses on the development of nanoparticles and interfaces to modify and monitor biological systems.
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Oliver Wenger is a long-standing SNI member and now represents the Department of Chemistry on the SNI Executive Committee.
Oliver Wenger studied chemistry at the University of Bern, where he also completed his doctorate. Following postdoctoral positions at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in Pasadena, USA, and at the University of Strasbourg, France, he became an assistant professor at the University of Geneva. He was then appointed associate professor at the University of Göttingen, Germany, before returning to Switzerland in 2012 and joining the University of Basel. With his research group at the Department of Chemistry, he studies artificial photosynthesis.
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Claudia Wirth has been managing director of the SNI since 2014 and is responsible finance, human resources and administration.
Claudia Wirth studied German language and literature, history and political science (MA) at the University of Stuttgart. She then worked at the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering in Stuttgart, Germany, and as a marketing consultant for computer science at the scientific publisher Springer. Following management positions in marketing and sales at various science and non-fiction publishers in Germany, she joined the University of Zurich as science manager at the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (AI Lab) in mid-2002. Before coming to the SNI in Basel, she worked at the Institute of Retail Management (IRM) at the University of St. Gallen.
Ilaria Zardo will be the representative on the SNI Executive Committee for the newly established Nanotechnology Center, which is composed of the Nano Imaging Lab and the Nano Fabrication Lab and will represent the Department of Physics.
Ilaria Zardo studied physics at the University of Rome, Italy, and earned her PhD in Rome and at the Technical University of Munich (TUM), Germany. She was then a postdoctoral researcher at TUM and Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands. In 2015, she joined the Department of Physics of the University of Basel as a professor. With her research group, she studies fundamental processes in tailored nanostructures, and she has a particular interest in lattice dynamics and phonon transport on the nanoscale.
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