Das Nano Imaging Lab Team

 

Evi Bieler

Evi Bieler trained as an academic/technical assistant with Professor Guggenheim in the scanning electron microscopy lab (SEM) and also studied English and German. She has been part of Markus Dürrenberger’s team for nine years, where she is responsible for SEM analyses in particular. She specializes in cryo-scanning electron microscopy, which she helped to develop in collaboration with industrial partners. She is also a valued source of information on all other matters relating to scanning electron microscopy, focusing not only on detailed imaging, but also using EDX (energy-dispersive X-ray microanalysis) to analyze the chemical composition of compounds, for example. Evi Bieler is fascinated by the possibilities offered by SEM and knows just how to convey this enthusiasm to students and clients. She is involved in the NI Lab’s PR work and helps to show children and visitors just how thrilling the micro world can be.

Contact

EM Technician SEM/TEM (60%) – Kragenbau, Room 0058 
Swiss Nanoscience Institute (SNI) – Nano Imaging
University of Basel
Biozentrum / Pharmazentrum
Klingelbergstrasse 50/70
CH-4056 Basel 
Phone: +41 61 207 14 08

Mail: evi.bieler-at-unibas.ch

Susanne Erpel

Susanne Erpel trained as a biology/technical assistant and studied technical biology. She began to work with electron microscopy while completing her undergraduate dissertation. After completing her studies, she spent five years in charge of the microscopy service at the University of California, San Francisco. During this time, she performed all transmission electron microscopy (TEM) imaging for the university’s research associates and helped them to interpret the data obtained. After taking time off to have a family, Susanne Erpel moved to C-CINA in 2014 and joined the NI Lab in March 2016. She works largely with SEM analyses – particularly for the life sciences – which feed her fascination with making the invisible visible.

Contact

EM Technician SEM/TEM (60%) – Kragenbau, Room 0058 
Swiss Nanoscience Institute (SNI) – Nano Imaging
University of Basel
Biozentrum / Pharmazentrum
Klingelbergstrasse 50/70
CH-4056 Basel 
Phone: +41 61 207 14 06

Mail: susanne.erpel-at-unibas.ch

Dr. Markus Dürrenberger

Dr. Markus Dürrenberger runs the NI Lab and is the first point of contact for clients and future projects. He studied power engineering in Muttenz and molecular biology at the Biozentrum in Basel, specializing in a wide range of microscopy technologies – such as TEM, SEM, light, and confocal microscopy – at an early stage in his career. These days he spends less time at the microscope, but is usually called in for repairs or development work. As well as working with machines and processes, he loves to engage with students, express his passion for his work, and share his vast experience. Throughout his career, Dr. Dürrenberger has been involved in some key microscopy innovations. He and his colleagues developed Lowicryl, a synthetic material often used to embed objects, and a cryo-procedure for ultra-quick freezing of samples for electron microscopy and transmission/scanning electron microscopy that is now used by several notable manufacturers.

Contact

Leader – Kragenbau, Room 0056 
Swiss Nanoscience Institute (SNI) – Nano Imaging
University of Basel
Biozentrum / Pharmazentrum
Klingelbergstrasse 50/70
CH-4056 Basel 
Phone: +41 61 207 14 04

Mail: markus.duerrenberger-at-unibas.ch

Daniel Mathys

Daniel Mathys trained as a biology lab technician in Bern and after graduating, he spent three years working in Basel’s chemical industry. He then joined Professor U. A. Meyer’s research group in the Biozentrum at the University of Basel and moved to what was then the scanning electron microscopy lab in 1987. Working with industry, he played a key role in developing and establishing the cryo-SEM method. He now works mainly with focused ion beam microscopy, which uses both an electron beam and ions to cut and modify samples and can even build new structures. With over 30 years of experience in the applications of electron microscopy, Daniel provides valuable help with a wide range of questions. He passes on his knowledge with dedication and pleasure and never fails to lend a very special charm to beautiful images from the nano world.

Contact

EM Technician SEM/FIB – Kragenbau, Room 0057 
Swiss Nanoscience Institute (SNI) – Nano Imaging
University of Basel
Biozentrum / Pharmazentrum
Klingelbergstrasse 50/70
CH-4056 Basel 
Phone: +41 61 207 14 01

Mail: daniel.mathys-at-unibas.ch

Dr. Monica Schönenberger

Dr. Monica Schönenberger studied pharmacy in Basel and gained experience of atomic force microscopy during her doctorate at Hoffmann-La Roche under the guidance of Professor Hans-Joachim Güntherodt. After completing her doctorate, she worked as a project manager at Mepha AG before joining Professor Ernst Meyer’s group in the Department of Physics in 2006. After a year at Nanosurf, she then took on responsibility for the SNI’s new Nanotech Service Lab in 2010. Over the last few years, Dr. Schönenberger has developed a flexible, professional service unit for atomic force microscopy. She also teaches master’s and doctoral students to use the various scanning probe microscopes and enjoys getting involved in exciting new research projects.

Contact

Application scientist AFM/LSM
Swiss Nanoscience Institute (SNI) – Nano Imaging
University of Basel
Klingelbergstrasse 82
CH-4056 Basel 
Phone: +41 61 207 36 82

Mail: monica.schoenenberger-at-unibas.ch