June 11, 2009
7:30 am to 9:00 am
Consulate of Switzerland
Swiss National Science Foundation - SNSF
Established in 1952 as a foundation under private law, the SNSF has the
autonomy it needs to promote independent scientific research. The SNSF is
committed to promoting young scientists and works to ensure that scientific
research in Switzerland has the most favorable conditions for developing
Switzerland’s leading provider of scientific research funding.
Federal mandate to support basic research in all disciplines as well as applied
research in various scientific fields.
SNSF annually supports approx. 7’000 researchers (5’500 or more of whom are
aged 35 years or younger).
The focus of activities: scientific endorsement of projects submitted by
The best applicants are funded by the SNSF with an annual total amount
equaling approx. CHF 500 million (~ USD 457 million).
President of the Research Council
Danièle Rod Wiesner
Head of International Cooperation
President Expert Committee for International Cooperation
Please welcome SNSF Researcher
Daniel is a SNSF postdoctoral visiting
fellow in German and Comparative
literature at Yale University. His current
research focuses on literary
representations of the interrelations
between guilt, debt and other forms of
obligation. Daniel has taught German
literature at the Universities of Zurich
and Lausanne. He received his PhD
from the University of Lausanne. Daniel
holds a Licence dès Lettres in German,
English and French Languages and
Literature from the University of
Lausanne. In 1998/99 he spent a year
at the Free University of Berlin,
Germany, as an exchange student.
Daniel is Swiss.
Manuela is a postdoctoral research
fellow in respiratory medicine. Her
research focuses on understanding the
development and treatment of lung
Manuela did a fellowship in internal
medicine in the University of Lausanne
and in respiratory medicine in Berne.
Florian is a postdoctoral research fellow
in the theoretical condensed matter
physics group at MIT. His present
research concentrates on the field-
theoretical description of novel quantum
materials but he is also excited about
the interesting field of physical biology.
Florian received both his PhD and
Master degree in theoretical physics
from the University of Bern.
Christoph is currently a postdoctoral
researcher in high energy theoretical
physics at Harvard University. He is
supported by a fellowship of the SNSF.
He is working on mathematical
questions in string theory and conformal
Christoph obtained his Ph.D. from ETH
Zurich in 2008. During his undergrad he
spent a year at the Ecole Normale
Superieure in Paris. This fall he will
move to Caltech, where he will continue
his research in string theory as a Prize
Keyvan is a research fellow in the Jenks
Vestibular Physiology Laboratory at
Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary.
His research focuses on developing
devices to stabilize and test patients
who develop severe disabilities from
dizziness, and balance difficulties
caused by malfunction of the vestibular
system within the inner ear.
Keyvan received his Doctor of Medicine
degree from the University of Geneva.
He has received an award from the
Swiss Society of Otorhinolaryngology
and support from Valeria Rossi di
Montelera Foundation and the Swiss
Foundation for Grants in Biology and
Keyvan is Swiss.
Simon is Visiting Researcher at Harvard
Law School, Visiting Scholar at the
Division on Addictions (Harvard Medical
School) and teaches European
Economic Law at the University of
St.Gallen. In his research on the
regulation of gambling, he links medical
and psychological findings on addiction
to key legal notions.
Simon holds a bilingual Master of Law
from the University of Fribourg and a
post-graduate Master in European Law
from the College of Europe (Natolin). He
also studied in Montpellier, Tuscaloosa
and Macau. He practiced as Attorney at
Law and worked as Research Fellow at
the University of St.Gallen.
Simon is Swiss.
Gilles is a postdoctoral scholar in the
Environmental Policy and Planning
Group, Department of Urban Studies
and Planning at MIT. Educated as a
geographer, his research focuses on the
socio-cultural and political “construction”
of mountain areas and communities as
specific. Gilles holds a PhD and a B.A.
in Geography from the University of
Geneva, Switzerland, and a Master from
the Institute of Alpine Geography,
Grenoble, France. Prior to his current
position, he was a postdoctoral scholar
in the Department of Geography at the
University of California Berkeley.
Markus is a postdoctoral research fellow
by the SNSF in chemical
engineering/mathematics at the MIT. His
research focuses on mathematical
modeling of capacitive charging on
porous electrodes in supercapacitors
which have applications in electric
vehicles respectively in desalination
devices. Markus received his PhD in
Mathematics in 2008 after being two
years at ETH and one year at the
University of Tübingen. In 2005, he
obtained his Diploma in Mathematics
from the ETH Zürich.
Markus is Swiss.
Sebastian is a postdoctoral research
fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School.
His doctoral thesis focused on aspects
of innovation diffusion, social networks
and mobile communication.
Sebastian has interests in a broad set of
questions related to social and cultural
Sebastian holds a PhD and a Master's
degree in communication theory and
research from the University of Zurich,
Switzerland. He also studied in London
and graduated from the University of Art
and Design in Basel, Switzerland. Prior
to his stay in the US, he was an analyst
and project leader in telecommunication
Nadja Tajouri is a research fellow at
the Massachusetts Eye and Ear
Infirmary (MEEI) in Neuro-
ophthalmology and a Postdoctoral
Fellow at Schepens Eye Research
Institute (SERI). She trained in Neuro-
ophthalmology , after having worked
in Neuropathology as well as
Neurosurgery at the Geneva
Nadja grew up in Zurich and studied
at University of Fribourg and Geneva.
Prior to her stay at Harvard University,
she was "cheffe de clinique" in Neuro-
ophthalmology in the Neuroscience
department of the Geneva University
Maria is a PhD candidate in health
economics. Her main fields are risk
adjustment in health insurance and
prospective provider payment.
Currently, she is working with Professor
Randall Ellis at Boston University.
Maria has earned her licentiate in
economics at the University of Zurich.
Nurten is a research fellow at the
Genetics and Complex Diseases
Department in Harvard School of Public
Health since 2006. Her current research
is focused on oxidative DNA damage
repair. Nurten has completed her PhD
studies at University of Zurich, where
she was a postdoctoral fellow supported
by the SNSF Marie-Heim Vögtlin grants
for three years. She then moved to the
States to continue with her research at
the Harvard School of Public Health.
Her current research has been also
supported by the SNSF grants for
Nurten is Turkish.
Anita is a research fellow at the
Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer
Center which is affiliated with Harvard
Medical School and the Broad Institute.
Anita received a prospective researcher
fellowship, followed by funds from the
Emma Muschamp Foundation and
finally an advanced researcher
fellowship from the SNSF.
Anita grew up in Winterthur and spent a
year as AFS exchange student in the
US. She studied medicine in Fribourg
and received her PhD from Univeristy of
Anita aims to return to Switzerland next
summer to start her own transnational
Moritz Wyler von Ballmoos
Since 2008 Moritz is a postdoctoral
research fellow in surgery at Harvard
Medical School in the department of
cardiac surgery at Children’s Hospital
Boston and the department of
epidemiology at Harvard School of
Public Health. His research interests are
in epidemiology and molecular
mechanisms of cardiovascular health
and disease. Moritz presented his
research work at multiple national and
international meetings and is recipient of
Moritz holds a doctorate in medicine
from University of Bern upon completion
of internships at Harvard Medical School
and Humboldt University.
Participants SNSF Breakfast; June 11, 2009
First name Last name Affiliation Mail
Caroline Pot Kreis Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women's Hospital firstname.lastname@example.org
Diane Williams MIT Alum, Entrepreneur (mobile education) email@example.com
Christian Dittrich Harvard Medical School, M. Kirby Center for Neurobiology firstname.lastname@example.org
Christina Scheel MIT, Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research email@example.com
David Dorn University of St.Gallen firstname.lastname@example.org
Nicole Joller Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women's Hospital email@example.com
Moshe Pritsker Harvard Medical School / Massachusetts General Hospital firstname.lastname@example.org
Paolo Grigis Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysic email@example.com
Nils Rettby Harvard Medical School / MGH, Center for Biomedical Imaging firstname.lastname@example.org
Pascal Zinn Harvard Medical School, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute email@example.com
Phillippe Cudre-Mauroux MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory firstname.lastname@example.org
Gregor Neuert MIT gneuert@MIT.EDU
Dean Glettig Tufts University, Department of Biomedical Engineering email@example.com
Nicolai Berhard Tufts University, Department of Biomedical Engineering
David L. Kaplan Tufts University, Professor Department of Biomedical Engineering
Fabien Sorin MIT, Research Laboratory of Electronics sorin@MIT.EDU
Jennifer Furstenau MIT, Masonry Research Group jfursten@MIT.EDU
Dimitar Pachov Brandeis, Martin Fisher School of Physics firstname.lastname@example.org
Valentina Dimitrova email@example.com
Elena Kvochko University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Isenberg School of Management firstname.lastname@example.org
Christina Rominger email@example.com
Eveline Geiser MIT, Department of Brain & Cognitive Sciences egeiser@MIT.EDU
Christine Thurmond Harvard Medical School, Administrative Director, Division on Addictions
Julien Grossrieder firstname.lastname@example.org
Joelle Becker Visiting Researcher Harvard Law School email@example.com
SNSF Researchers; June 11, 2009
First name Last name Affiliation Mail
Anita Wolfer Harvard Medical School/Massachusetts General Hospital firstname.lastname@example.org
Simon Planzer Harvard Law School email@example.com
Funke Manuela Harvard Medical School/Massachusetts General Hospital firstname.lastname@example.org
Keyvan Nicoucar Harvard Medical School, Eye and Ear Infirmary Keyvan_Nicoucar@meei.harvard.edu
Wyler von Moritz.WylervonBallmoos@childrens.harva
Moritz Ballmoos Harvard Medical School, Children's Hospital Boston rd.edu
Maria Trottmann Boston University, Department of Economics email@example.com
Sebastian Schnorf Harvard Kennedy School of Government firstname.lastname@example.org
Markus Schmuck MIT, Chemical Engineering and Mathematics schmuck@MIT.EDU
Nadja Tajouri Harvard Medical School, Schepens Eye Research Institute email@example.com
Nurten Saydam Harvard School of Public Health firstname.lastname@example.org
Florian Kaempfer MIT, Department of Physics fkampfer@MIT.EDU
Gilles Rudaz MIT, Department of Urban Studies and Planning email@example.com
Daniel Cunoz Yale, Department of German firstname.lastname@example.org
Christoph Keller Harvard University, Department of Physics email@example.com