Professor Dr Dr h.c. Viola Vogel
Professor Dr Dr hc Viola Vogel is the Head of the Department of Health Sciences and Technology, as well as of the Laboratory of Applied Mechanobiology at the ETH Zurich, Switzerland. Initially trained in Biophysics at the University of Frankfurt, the Max-Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in Göttingen and the Physics Department in Berkeley. She then started her first faculty appointment in Bioengineering at the University of Washington, Seattle (1990), where she was also the Founding Director of the Center for Nanotechnology (1997-2002). She moved back to Europe in 2004 initially joining the Department of Materials at ETH Zurich and then cofounding her current Department. She served on many international advisory boards, including the White House panel that finalised the US National Nanotechnology Initiative under the Clinton administration.