Automated identification of two-dimensional crystals based on optical contrast difference
The goal of this project is to develop an automated setup that is able to identify flakes of different thicknesses on Si/SiO2 substrates by analyzing the difference in optical contrast between the crystals and the substrate.
Analysis of Numerical Methods for Boundary Treatment in Wall-Bounded Turbulent Flow Simulations
In this project, a recently developed immersed boundary method for accurate Large-Eddy Simulations of compressible wall-bounded flows will be validated and applied to (simplified) internal combustion engine flows.
Electrospun, double-layered scaffolds for 3D Skin Tissue Engineered
This project is part of the Zurich Hochschulmedizin Flagship Project “Skintegrity”, with a collaboration between ETHZ and USZ. The student, who ideally has experience in electrospinning and cell culture, will participate in the development of double-layered nanonfibrous scaffolds for 3D skin tissue engineering.
Changes in the expression and activity of mechanosensors with age and degeneration
This project will investigate whether and how the expression and activity of TRP Channels changes with age and degeneration in the human intervertebral disc. Methods: qPCR, immunohistochemistry and immunoblotting to investigate expression and caclium Imaging or patchclamping to measure activity.
Exploring the microbial potential for bioelectrochemical production of value-added chemicals from CO2
This project has been evaluated by Formas as “outstanding” with regards to its societal relevance and importance. It deals with some of our societies’ biggest concerns; sustainability in producing our society’s chemicals and fuels from non-oil-based sources, and reduction of our net CO2 emissions.
Enzymatic tools for Seaweed Biorefinery - Biomass deconstruction and extraction of fine chemicals
New enzymatic tools and processes need to be developed for the proper utilization and processing of seaweed polysaccharides as renewable resource. We have different approaches to achieving this, and hence the project can be tailored to the candidate’s skills and interests.
Development of a reflection-type near-field optical microscope
In this project a reflection-type near-field optical microscope will be designed, developed and characterized.
Fabrication of flexible microelectrode arrays used for brain machine interfaces
As a part of the effort for developing advanced brain machine interfaces in our lab, we are fabricating soft, flexible uECoG arrays. The process for the fabrication of these arrays will be optimized and the devices will be characterized in terms of physical qualities and performance in vivo.
Project in mobile health systems
Develop and test personalized and efficient methods, devices and systems that can be used by anyone at the point-of-care to increase our ability to diagnose, monitor, prevent and treat major global health issues.
Biomimetic osteocyte culture in 3D printed structures
Osteocytes are widely accepted to be the main mechanosensor in bone. Using micro 3D printing, advanced surface coating technology and live cell microscopy, we are establishing a novel 3D cell model to study the mechanotransduction mechanisms at play.
Insilico Cell Mechanics: Finite Element Modelling of cell behaviour in mechanical characterisation
In our group we experimentally analyze the resistance of cells to substrate deformations. In the present project we plan to generate a finite element model of the cell response to biaxial stretching and use it to estimate cell stiffness from the experimental outcomes.
Design of a Shear Flow Cell for Fluorescence Depolarization Studies in Liquids at Cryogenic Conditions
A research project is being conducted to study fluorescence depolarization as a means to detect fluid rotations down to the molecular scale. In the context of the project, a flow cell for liquid oxygen at 77K has to be designed and tested
The role of early trauma on bone structure
In this project, the effects of early trauma on bone structure will be analyzed by microCT.
pH-responsive biocompatible antimicrobial implant coating (chemistry, material science)
This project will focus on preparation and fine-tuning of a “smart” pH-responsive antimicrobial implant coating for stabilization of open fractures. Chemistry knowledge is required.
How can propionibacterium acnes cause back pain?
The aim of this project is to identify molecular mechanisms that may be explain pain development upon bacterial infection of the intervertebral disc, specifically by propionibacterium acnes.

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