New Students

Lorenza Garau Paganella – Finances

I am a PhD student at the Experimental Continuum Mechanics Laboratory and the Macromolecular Engineering Lab. My work consists in developing 3D gel models of the dermal niche to study skin fibroblasts response to mechanical and chemical stimuli. In my free time I enjoy running, hiking, climbing, and any outdoor sports. I am excited to join the SSB+RM Young Scientist team and develop new soft skills while meeting people working on similar topics as me.

Daphne Van der Heide – EC Liaison

Daphne van der Heide I am a PhD student at the AO Research Institute Davos doing an external doctoral study from the Tissue Engineering + Biofabrication lab at ETH Zurich. My research focuses on bone graft substitutes for bone regeneration as part of the European Horizon 2020 project cmRNAbone. I’m excited to be part of the SSB+RM Young Scientists team and believe it will bring a lot of opportunities to interact with other researchers.

Tino Jucker – Reports/General

I am a PhD student at the Laboratory for Biomimetic Membranes and Textiles at Empa. My research focuses on biomechanical multi-layer composite skin models to investigate pressure injury formation. After my master’s degree in Health Sciences and Technology at ETH Zurich, I worked in skin tissue engineering under GMP conditions before starting my current position. Besides my passion for science, I love outdoor sports such as cycling, swimming and skiing. I am very excited to be part of the SSB+RM Young Scientists team, to organize future events and to interact with fascinating people!

Mira AJacobs – General tasks

I am a PhD student at the Laboratory for Fetal Healing and Tissue Engineering at the University of Zurich. My project consists in developing a hydrogel based culture system to enable ovarian follicle growth and maturation in vitro. In my free time, I love to go hiking and biking or to read a good book. I am excited to be part of the SSB+RM Young Scientists Team as this will be a great opportunity to meet researchers working in a similar field as me and to organize exciting events.


Antonio Sileo – Reports/General

I am a PhD student at the Cardiac and Surgery Engineering lab at the Department of Biomedicine at the University of Basel. My research consists in investigating the single and combined effects of electrical and mechanical stimulation on the maturation and functionality of 3D engineered cardiac tissue. Outside the lab, I am a member of the Basel Swimming Club (SVB) so in my free time I like to train and compete. Since I have been practicing competitive swimming since I was a child, I decided to do a judge course and recently I became a swimming judge. I am interested in science and I think it’s important to communicate and spread it, as well as networking and meet new scientists. I’m excited to be part of the SSB+RM Young Scientists team and I believe it is a great opportunity to organize scientific events and meet and interact with different researchers.

Patrick Weber – Communication

I am a PhD student in the Tissue Engineering+Biofabrication laboratory at ETH Zurich, working on novel medical treatments for early stage osteoarthritis. My research is focused on the development of multifunctional polymer-drug conjugates based on lubricating zwitterionic polymers. In my free time, I love being outdoors either on foot or on my bike exploring new places in the alps. I am very excited to join the SSB+RM Young Scientist’s team to strengthen my communication skills and meet a lot of new interesting people!


  • Angela Bonato
  • Mansoor Chaaban
  • Emma Cavalli
  • Laëtitia Galea
  • Elia Guzzi
  • Lisa Krattiger
  • Yann Ladner
  • Claudia Loebel (founding member)
  • Mischa Müller (founding member)
  • Queralt Vallmajo Martin

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