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Professor, BioNanomaterials

Adolphe Merkle Institute Chemin des Verdiers 4 CH-1700 Fribourg Switzerland

Office: B314
Phone:+41 26 300 9502
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Prof. Dr. Barbara Rothen-Rutishauser received her Ph.D. in 1996 in cell biology at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich. From 1996 to 2000 she held a post-doctoral position in Biopharmacy at the Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the ETH, and in 2000 she joined Prof. Peter Gehr’s research group at the University of Bern, Switzerland as a postdoc. After promotion to group leader in 2006, she completed her habilitation in cell biology in 2009. B. Rothen-Rutishauser is an expert in the field of cell-nanoparticle interactions in the lung, with a special focus on 3D lung cell models and various microscopy techniques such as laser scanning and transmission electron microscopy. Since 2011 she is the chair in BioNanomaterials at the Adolphe Merkle Institute, University of Fribourg, Switzerland, a position shared equally with Prof. Alke Fink. The research group’s activities cover a wide variety of fields from material synthesis and characterization to biological responses and hazard assessment.

Curriculum Vitae - Prof. Barbara M. Rothen-Rutishauser 



Professor, BioNanomaterials

Adolphe Merkle Institute Chemin des Verdiers 4 CH-1700 Fribourg Switzerland

Office: B316
Phone:+41 26 300 9501
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Alke Fink studied chemistry at the University of Ulm, Germany and the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia and received her Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry in 1999. After a post-doctoral visit at the Engineering Research Center for Particle Science and Technology, University of Florida, she joined the Laboratory for Powder Technolgy (LTP) at the Institute of Materials Science at the École Polytechnique Fédéral Lausanne (EPFL) in 2000. There she established nano-materials as a new research field, initiated various national and international projects, fostered contacts with many industrial partners, and supervised students at all levels of their education. In 2003, she became a senior scientist and group leader at the Institute of Materials Science, before being awarded a permanent position in 2006 and a Fellowship for Advanced Researchers in the same year (Vanderbilt University, Nashville, USA). In 2009, she was nominated asa SNSF Professor, and moved her group to the Department of Chemistry in Fribourg. In 2011 she joined forces with Barbara Rothen-Rutishauser to share the BioNanomaterials chair at the Adolphe Merkle Institute. 

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