Patrick Mayrock is the General Manager of the Botnar Research Centre for Child Health (BRCCH). He is responsible for all operational activities, governance-related tasks, and contributes to strategic and communications projects. Furthermore, he oversees the Centre’s budget. As member of the Centre’s executive team, he works closely together with the BRCCH Directors and liaises with the BRCCH Board and the Strategic Scientific Advisory Board. Patrick Mayrock studied Political Science and Public Administration in Amsterdam and Berlin and holds a Master of Science. He previously worked as managing director of the Department of Biomedical Engineering and as scientific officer in the Vice Rectorate for Research at the University of Basel. Before, he gained experience in a public administration reform project in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
Tara Sugrue, PhD is Scientific Lead and Strategy Manager at the Botnar Research Centre for Child Health (BRCCH). She coordinates the development of the Centre’s strategic efforts by over-seeing the latest developments in relevant research domains, identifying strategic opportunities, and by building the Centre's international network. Furthermore, together with the management team, she coordinates BRCCH research activities and liaises with the Centre’s Strategic Scientific Advisory Board and Project Evaluation Board. Tara holds a PhD degree in regenerative medicine from the National University of Ireland, Galway, and has expertise in immuno-biology and oncology. Following her postdoctoral work at EPFL, Switzerland, she led editorial activities for the biomedical sciences portfolio at a scientific publisher previous to joining the BRCCH.
Maressa Takahashi, PhD, is a Scientific Officer and Communications Manager at the Botnar Research Centre for Child Health (BRCCH). She leads all communications-related initiatives from 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 BRCCH research activities and liaises with the Centre’s Project Evaluation Board. Maressa Takahashi studied biology at the University of California, Berkeley, and Columbia University and holds a PhD in evolutionary anthropology. She previously worked with the Personalized Health Basel initiative, closely aligned with the federal Swiss Personalized Health Network initiative.
Amandine Bovay, PhD, is a Scientific Officer and Development Manager at the Botnar Research Centre for Child Health (BRCCH). She coordinates the Centre’s capacity building efforts and contributes to the development of the Centre’s network in research, implementation and other areas/domains. Furthermore, together with the management team, she coordinates BRCCH research activities and liaises with the Centre’s Project Evaluation Board. Amandine Bovay studied Biology/Biochemistry at the ETH Zürich, 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 Scientific Advisor and Postdoctoral Fellow in the field of oncology.
Natalie Messerli is the Grants Officer and Quality Manager at the Botnar Research Centre for Child Health (BRCCH). Together with the team of scientific staff, Natalie is in continuous exchange 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 data analyses of the BRCCH project portfolio e.g., annual reports, evaluations and communication. Natalie studied Human Biology at Michigan State University and received a master’s degree in Public Health at the University of South Florida.
Sabine Schulze is the Administrative Assistant of the Botnar Research Centre for Child Health (BRCCH). She is supporting the Directors and the management team in all administrative and organizational tasks. Some of her daily and project-related tasks are: accounting, budget control (together with Patrick Mayrock), reimbursement, travel planning, event organization, support of all committees (Board, Advisory Board, Evaluation Board). Sabine Schulze completed a professional training in International Administration and Management. She previously worked for almost one decade at ETH Zurich in the Department of Earth Sciences.