Honors and Distinctions in 2014

Bernd Bodenmiller, SNSF Assistant Professor of Systems Biology was named as one of the world’s Top 40 analytical scientists by the journal The Analytical Scientist.

Peter Linder, Full Professor at the Institute of Systematic Botany, received the prestigious Cuatrecasas Medaille from the Botany Department of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington for his outstanding research in the field of tropical plants.

Thomas Gehrmann, Full Professor of Theoretical Particle Physics, was appointed to the High Energy and Particle Physics Committee of the European Physical Society.

Thomas Gehrmann, Full Professor of Theoretical Particle Physics,

Beat Keller, Full Professor of Plant Biology, and Christoph Heinrich, Full Professor at the Instituted of Geochemistry and Petrology ETH (dual professorship with EZH Department of Earth Sciences and the UZH Faculty of Science) was appointed to the National Research Council of the SNSF.

Klaas Enno Stephan, Full Professor of Translational Neuromodeling (dual professorship with the ETH Department of Information Technology and the UZH Faculty of Science), was appointed External Scientific Member of the Max Planck Institute.

Andreas Wagner, Full Professor at the Department of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies, was elected as a member of the EMBO Excellence in Life Science.

Distinctions and Appointments for Members of the Faculty of Medicine and Faculty of Science Holding Dual Professorships

Fritijof Helmchen, Full Professor of Neuroscience, was awarded a grant of USD 750,000 from the US National Institute of Health, as part of the BRAIN Initiative in recognition of his innovative approach to brain research.

Martin Jinek, Assistant Professor at the Department of Biochemistry, received the Jucker Prize for outstanding and pioneering work in the field of cancer research.

Martin Jinek, Assistant Professor at the Department of Biochemistry, received the John Kendrew Young Scientists Award 2014 from the European Molecular Biology Laboratory in Heidelberg.

Martin Jinek, Assistant Professor at the Department of Biochemistry, received an ERC Starting Grant from the European Research Council, for the project “Structural and Mechanistic Studies of RNA-guided and RNA-targeting Antiviral Defense Mechanisms”.

Massimo Lopes, SNSF Professor at the Institute of Molecular Cancer Research, received an ERC Consolidator Grant.

Milo Alan Puhan, Full Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health, received the Research Prize 2014 from the European Respiratory Society in recognition of his research into chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Rolf M. Zinkernagel, Professor Professor of Experimental Immunology, received the Curtin Medal for Excellence in Medical Research Prize from the Australian National University in honor of his lifetime’s work in the field of immunology.

Calls to Professorships at Other Universities

Laura Baudis, Full Professor at the Department of Physics was called to, but did not accept, the post of “Canada Excellence Research Chair” by Queens University, Kingston, Canada.

Michal Kapustka, Privatdozent for algebraic geometry at the Department of Mathematics, was called to and accepted the post of Associate Professor of Mathematics at the University of Stavanger, Norway.

Bart Klem, Senior Teaching and Research Assistant at the Department of Geography, was called to and accepted the post of Lecturer in Development Studies at the University of Melbourne, Australia.

Stefan Luschnig, Senior Teaching and Research Assistant at the Institute for Molecular Biology, was called to, but did not accept, the post of Professor of Developmental Genetics at the University of Kassel, Germany.

Stefan Luschnig, Senior Teaching and Research Assistant at the Institute for Molecular Biology, was called to and accepted the post of Professor of Tubular Morphogenesis, in the Centre of Excellence “Cells in Motion” at Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster.

Susan Thieme, Privatdozent at the Department of Geography, was called to and accepted the post of Professor of Anthropogeography at Freie Universität Berlin, Germany.