Sandrine Gerber

Prof. Sandrine Gerber (PhD, Chem. Eng., Dr. habil.) is, since 2007, Deputy Director of the Institute of Chemical Sciences and Engineering (ISIC) and Head of the Group for Functionalized Biomaterials at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL, Switzerland). She also serves as Adjunct Professor and Lecturer in EPFL's School of Basic Sciences. Prof. Gerber has solid broad knowledge in synthetic organic chemistry for the design and preparation of complex bioactive molecules. Her scientific expertise is related to the development of new chemical entities for bio-applications. The research activities of her group focus on the design, synthesis and evaluation of functionalized nanomaterials and biomaterials for therapeutic applications as bone implants, cancer imaging probes and cell transplantation devices. Her current work includes the development of functionalized harmonic nanoparticles for targeted imaging, theranostic and cell tracking applications. As part of her management function in ISIC (650 collaborators over two sites in Lausanne and Sion), Prof Gerber has direct supervision of analytic platforms, support services and workshops of the Institute. Her duties also include teaching of organic chemistry at the Bachelor and Master levels for the Section of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at EPFL and the School of Biology and Medicine at the University of Lausanne (UNIL). She manages several independent national and international multidisciplinary scientific projects and was principal investigator in the European Commission FP7 NAMDIATREAM project (EU NMP4-LA-2010-246479).
Previously, she was post-doctoral fellow and scientific collaborator in the Institute of Organic Chemistry at the University of Lausanne, which merged with the Chemistry Department of EPFL in 2001. At that time, she developed total synthesis of natural products with particular focus on antibiotic and anti-cancer macrolides. She holds a PhD in Organic Chemistry and the habilitation from the University Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris VI, France). Sandrine Gerber received several awards for her research work and special mention from the School of Biology and Medicine (UNIL) for the quality of her teaching activities. She is member of the Board of Directors of the Swiss Chemical Society and member of the Committee of the Doctoral Program of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at EPFL.
Prof. Gerber is author of more than 70 publications, 5 book chapters and 7 patent applications.