Meet the #NCCRWomen PIs of MARVEL

This was published on November 14, 2022
Last modifications on November 18, 2022

The #NCCRWomen are back. The campaign is relaunched with portraits and interviews of more women researchers in Switzerland and more exciting science. Meet them on Twitter and Instagram, starting with #NCCRWomen Principal Investigators of MARVEL, Clémence Corminboeuf, Sara Bonella, Ana Akrap, Sereina Riniker and Marta Gibert.

"I cannot remember a time that I was not interested in science and so it came very naturally, I just had to decide which one"

Meet Prof. Clémence Corminboeuf, head of Laboratory for Computational Molecular Design at EPFL, member of  NCCR MARVEL Executive Committee and Project Leader of Pillar II, Machine Learning Platform for Molecules and Materials. Read her interview here.

Photo: Alain Herzog, EPFL

"I love the fact that, particularly in physics, we never, or very rarely deal with exact theories or exact results and so we make progress within approximation that you can control, or call ignorance if you are in a more poetic mood."

Meet Dr. Sara Bonella, deputy director of CECAM (Centre Européen de Calcul Atomique et Moléculaire) at EPFL, member of  NCCR MARVEL Executive Committee and Group Leader in Pillar 3, Digital Infrastructure of Open Simulations and Data. Read her interview here.

"I find it super fascinating how biological processes work in atomistic detail, how everything is connected. I like to understand mechanisms, not only in nature but also generally in engineering, society, etc."

Meet Prof. Sereina Riniker, head of the group of Computational Chemistry at the Department of Chemistry and Applied Biosciences of ETH Zürich, Agility Plus PI of MARVEL and active in D&D1 - Organic Crystals of MARVEL phase II. Read her interview here.

Photo: ETH Zürich / Giulia Marthaler

"So far, the biggest challenge I have faced is combining a scientific career and family. Science does not stop during the first years of our kids, and it is often very difficult (or impossible) to say no."

Meet Marta Gibert, former SNSF professor at the University of Zurich, Agility Plus PI of MARVEL and active in D&D5 - Correlated Oxides of MARVEL phase II. Since September 2021, she is University Professor for Topologische und Komplexe Materialien at TU Wien. Read her interview here.

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