Christoph Geers holds a PhD in Chemistry from the Adolphe Merkle Institute in Fribourg. He has a multidisciplinary background in biotechnology, informatics, biomedical and engineering (bachelor and master degrees) including, various internships in industry, e.g. a four-week-long stay in India for a management-related project.
Christophe Monnier is a Swiss-American nanoscientist from Basel, Switzerland. After obtaining a Bachelor and Master degree in molecular biology from the Biozentrum, University of Basel, he moved to the Adolphe Merkle Institute in Fribourg, where he earned a PhD in nanoscience in 2016. His expertise lies in bio/nanomaterials and how to characterize them. He is a passionate skier and scuba diver, and enjoys promoting science and technology in his free time.
Federica Crippa studied Biomedical Engineering at Politecnico of Milan (2008-2013). Afterwards Federica worked as Assistant Researcher at the Uniklinik Balgrist in Zurich, focusing on proteins micromanipulations and surface modification analysis. Since June 2014 she joined the Bio-Nanomaterials group at the Adolphe Merkle Institute as a PhD student. Her main field of research involves synthesis and characterization of magnetic nanoparticles for mechanobiology and hyperthermia.
Alke Petri-Fink received her Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Ulm, Germany in 1999. After a post-doctoral stay at the University of Gainesville, Florida, she joined the Institute of Materials Science at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), first as a post-doctoral researcher, then as a senior scientist. She became an Associate Swiss National Science Foundation Professor in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Fribourg in 2009, and Full Professor in 2011 at the Adolphe Merkle Institute, Switzerland. Her research focuses on inorganic nanoparticles, their synthesis, surfaces, and interactions with biological cells.
Mathias Bonmarin holds a PhD in Physical Chemistry from the University of Zurich and two Masters of Science in Biomedical Engineering and Optics. He also studied Economics at the Catholic University of Louvain (Belgium). Besides being a senior lecturer in Physics, Mathias is a passionate Medtech entrepreneur. He is the founder of Dermolockin, a spin-off company of the Zurich University of Applied Sciences, developing active thermal imaging setups for medical applications. He is additionally involved in different startups projects in the Zurich area.