Patrick Mayrock is the general manager of the BRCCH. He is responsible for all operational activities and governance-related tasks and contributes to strategic and communications projects. Furthermore, he oversees the Centre’s budget. As a member of the Centre’s executive team, he works closely with the BRCCH Directors and liaises with the BRCCH Board and Strategic Scientific Advisory Board. He studied political science and public administration in Amsterdam and Berlin and holds an MSc. He previously worked as managing director of the Department of Biomedical Engineering and as a scientific officer in the Vice Rectorate for Research at the University of Basel. Prior to working in university management, he gained experience in a public administration reform project in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
Dr Tara Sugrue, PhD, is the scientific lead and strategy manager at the BRCCH. She coordinates the development of the Centre’s strategic efforts by overseeing the latest developments in relevant research domains, identifying strategic opportunities and building the Centre’s international network. Furthermore, together with the management team, she coordinates the BRCCH’s research activities and liaises with the Centre’s Strategic Scientific Advisory Board and Project Evaluation Board. She has a PhD in regenerative medicine from the National University of Ireland, Galway, and has expertise in immunobiology and oncology. Following postdoctoral work at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) and prior to joining the BRCCH, she led editorial activities for the biomedical sciences portfolio at a scientific publisher.
Dr Maressa Takahashi, PhD, is a scientific officer and communications manager of the BRCCH. She leads all communications-related initiatives, from the annual report to the BRCCH website. In addition, she ensures a strong network with other local and international institutes and communication colleagues. Furthermore, together with the management team, she coordinates the BRCCH’s research activities and liaises with the Centre’s Project Evaluation Board. Dr Takahashi studied biology at the University of California, Berkeley, and Columbia University, both in the USA, and holds a PhD in evolutionary anthropology. She previously worked with the Personalized Health Basel initiative, which is closely aligned with the federal Swiss Personalized Health Network initiative.
Dr Amandine Bovay, PhD, is a scientific officer and development manager at the BRCCH. She coordinates the Centre’s capacity-building efforts and contributes to the development of its networks in research, implementation and other areas and domains. Furthermore, together with the management team, she coordinates the BRCCH’s research activities and liaises with the Centre’s Project Evaluation Board. Dr Bovay studied biology and biochemistry at ETH Zurich and holds a PhD in life sciences from the University of Lausanne. Before joining the BRCCH, she focused on improving immunotherapies for cancer and worked as a scientific advisor and postdoctoral fellow in the field of oncology.
Natalie Messerli is a scientific officer and grants manager at the BRCCH. Together with fellow scientific staff, she is in continuous dialogue with BRCCH research projects, takes part in organising BRCCH grant calls and is available for enquiries within and outside the BRCCH network. Furthermore, she supports the data analysis of the BRCCH project portfolio, e.g., annual reports, evaluations and communication. She studied human biology at Michigan State University and received a master’s degree in public health from the University of South Florida, both in the USA.
Sabine Schulze is the administrative assistant at the BRCCH, supporting the directors and management team in all administrative and organizational tasks. Her daily and project-related tasks include accounting, budget control (together with Patrick Mayrock), reimbursement, travel planning, event organization and committee support (Board, Advisory Board, Evaluation Board). She has a professional qualification in International Administration and Management and previously worked for almost a decade in the Department of Earth Sciences (D-ERDW) at ETH Zurich.