Viola Vogel is a Professor of the Department of Health Sciences and Technology at the ETH Zürich, Switzerland. She is heading the Laboratory of Applied Mechanobiology. Trained as a Physicist at Frankfurt University and after completing her graduate research at the Max-Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, she spent two years as postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Physics at the University of California Berkeley. As faculty member, she joined the Department of Bioengineering at the University of Washington/Seattle (1990) and moved there through the ranks to Full Professor. She was the Founding Director of the Center for Nanotechnology at the University of Washington (1997-2003) prior to her move to Switzerland in 2004, where she joined the newly founded Department of Health Sciences and Technology (2012), which she chaired from 2018-2020. She is core faculty member of the Wyss Translational Center Zurich since 2015 and an Einstein Visiting Fellow, Berlin Institute of Health, Charité since 2017.

Viola Vogel is Jury Member for the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering since 2014, an Elected Member of the Leopoldina (2018), the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences (2019), the National Academy of Engineering (2020), the National Academy of Science (2021) and Fellow of the British Royal Academy of Engineering (2023). Since January 2024, she has been a member of the HITS Scientific Advisory Board.

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