Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland
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Viola Vogel is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Health Science and Technology heading the Laboratory of Applied Mechanobiology at the ETH Zurich, Switzerland. Trained as a Physicist at Frankfurt University and after completing her graduate research at the Max-Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, she spent two years as a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Physics at the University of California Berkeley. As a faculty member, she joined the Department of Bioengineering at the University of Washington/Seattle (1990) to start a Molecular Bioengineering Program and moved there through the ranks to Full Professor.
She was the Founding Director of the Center for Nanotechnology at the University of Washington (1997-2003) prior to her move to Switzerland in 2004, where she initially joined the Department of Materials and then joined the newly founded Department of Health Sciences and Technology (2012), which she chairs since 2018. She is a core faculty member of the Wyss Translational Center Zurich (2015) and an Einstein Visiting Fellow, Berlin Institute of Health, Charité since 2017.