Prof Andrea Schenker-Wicki

Prof Andrea Schenker-Wicki has been President of the University of Basel since 2015. She has master’s degrees from both ETH Zurich and the University of Zurich, a doctoral degree from the University of Freiburg and a habilitation from the University of St. Gallen. Most recently, from 2001 to 2015, she held a full professorship in business administration at the University of Zurich and acted as the director of its Executive MBA programme. In addition, she was Vice President for Law and Economics at the University of Zurich between 2012 and 2014.

Prof Schenker-Wicki has joined, among others, the Council of the Zürcher Fachhochschule (ZFH) and is also President of EUCOR (an alliance of five universities based in the Upper Rhine region). Furthermore, she was part of the Austria Science Board from 2010 to 2016, a member of the German Accreditation Council from 2009 to 2012, and a member (from 2007) and later (from 2008) the President of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Swiss Center of Accreditation and Quality Assurance in Higher Education (OAQ) to 2012. From 2012 to 2015, she was a member of the Swiss Science and Innovation Council, and in 2013, the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences in Vienna awarded her an honorary doctoral degree.

Prof Detlef Günther

Prof Detlef Günther has been Professor of Trace Element and Micro Analysis at ETH Zurich since February 2008 and the university’s Vice President for Research and Corporate Relations since January 2015.

Prof Günther studied chemistry at Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg in Germany and completed his PhD in analytical chemistry. After postdoctoral research in plant biochemistry at Halle and in geology in Newfoundland, Canada, he joined the Institute of Isotope Geology and Mineral Resources at ETH Zurich in 1995, where he realized excimer-based laser ablation ICP mass spectrometry for the elemental characterization of minerals. Prof Günther became an assistant professor at the Institute of Inorganic Chemistry at ETH Zurich in 1998 and an associate professor in 2003.

Prof Primo Schär

Prof Primo Schär is Dean of the Medical Faculty and a professor in the Department of Biomedicine at the University of Basel. He obtained his PhD from the University of Bern and did his postdoctoral work at both the University of Bern and the Imperial Cancer Research Fund (now Cancer Research UK). Prior to joining the University of Basel, Prof Schär was a research group leader at the Institute of Molecular Cancer Research at the University of Zürich.

Prof Schär’s group investigates biological processes that modulate genome plasticity; i.e., the stability of the genetic and epigenetic codes of cell identity. Their objective is to provide a thorough understanding of the molecular mechanisms involved and the consequences of their dysfunction for cell fate, transformation and cancer.

Prof Daniel Müller

Prof Daniel Müller is Professor of Biophysics and the current Head of the Department of Biosystems Science and Engineering (D-BSSE) at ETH Zurich. He did his PhD in biophysics at Forschungszentrum Jülich in Germany and at the Biozentrum of the University of Basel. His academic career has included positions at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics and the University of Technology in Dresden, Germany, where he also co-established the research centres for Biotechnology (BIOTEC) and Molecular Bioengineering (BCUBE). In 2010, Prof Müller joined ETH Zurich, and in 2014, together with Wolfgang Meier (University of Basel), he launched and became the co-director of the Swiss National Competence Center of Research (NCCR) of Molecular Systems Engineering. Prof Müller was part of the team that co-created the concept and acquired funding for the BRCCH in 2018.

His research focuses on bionanotechnological tools for quantifying interactions and controlling biological processes. Currently, these tools allow the imaging of cells and cellular components at (sub-)nanometer resolution, the quantification, localization and manipulation of cellular interactions and the control of various cellular states.

Prof Urs Frey

Prof Urs Frey is the Medical Director and Chair of Paediatrics at University Children’s Hospital Basel (UKBB). He is also the Chairman of the National Steering Board for the Swiss Personalized Health Network. He obtained his medical degree from the University of Bern and a PhD in medical physics from the University of Leicester, UK, with subsequent specialisations in paediatrics and child and youth medicine and pulmonology. Most recently, before joining UKBB, Prof Frey was the Head of Department and Professor of Paediatric Pulmonology at the University Hospital of Bern.

His research interests include lung physiology, the epidemiology of lung growth and development, computational biology and mathematical modelling of complex diseases, with a particular focus on bronchial asthma and chronic lung disease of infancy, as well as other wheezing disorders in infants and preschool children.

Prof Stephen Ferguson

Prof Stephen Ferguson is Professor of Biomechanics at the Institute for Biomechanics and the current Head of the Department of Health Sciences and Technology (D-HEST) at ETH Zurich. He completed his doctoral thesis at Queen’s University at Kingston, Canada, after which he spent two years as a postdoc at the University of Bern before assuming leadership of the Biomechanics Division there. In 2006, he received his venia docendi in musculoskeletal biomechanics from the University of Bern, where he was also co-director of the ARTORG Spine Research Center.

The focus of Prof Ferguson’s research is the study of the mechanical and biological mechanisms of musculoskeletal disorders and injuries and the use of innovative technologies for their treatment. The challenge presented by an ageing population is of primary importance. He and his group study new biomaterials and implant concepts and develop the technical means for their application in a clinical setting.