Prof. Katharin Maniura
EHT Zurich, Switzerland
After completing my graduate chemistry studies at the Philipps-University in Marburg, Germany, I received my PhD at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, where I carried out research on cause and mechanisms of mitochondrial diseases employing in vitro cell models. This was followed by postdoctoral studies in Physiology departments of the Universities of Heidelberg and Cologne on mitochondrial biogenesis and mitochondrial disease. With my move to Empa in 2002 my scientific and research interests focussed on biomaterials, biointerfaces, surface modification, cell scaffold materials and most importantly, the characterization of the biological response to materials. For this predictive in vitro models for mammalian cell response and models for bacterial response are being developed. Since March 2018 I am affiliated with ETH Zürich as Adjunct Professor in the Department of Health Sciences and Technology. In August 2018 I chair the Biointerfaces International 2018, Zurich - a conference on science, technology and translation.