Institute of Translational Medicine gets down to work

The newly created Institute of Translational Medicine at ETH Zurich has been operational since the summer. It is now being joined by the researcher Simone Schürle, who develops tiny machines for medical applications in the human body.

Simone Schürle has started a position as an assistant professor at ETH Zurich. (Photograph: ETH Zurich / Peter Rüegg)

The Institute of Translational Medicine at the Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich was formally founded on 1 January and has been operational since this summer. According to an ETH Zurich statement, the professors at the institute cover a broad spectrum of medical research, from biomechanics and energy metabolism to biomedical micro and nanorobotics. One of the institute’s goals is to introduce scientific knowledge into medical settings such as hospitals and clinics as quickly as possible.

As ETH Zurich has now announced, Simone Schürle will take up a position as Tenure Track Assistant Professor of Responsive Biomedical Systems at the new institute beginning in autumn – a position that requires a move from her work at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to Switzerland. 

At ETH Zurich, Schürle will tackle the question of how tiny robots can move in the human body to transport drugs to specific sites. To orient themselves, the tiny robots use indicators such as pH value, which are lower in tumour tissue. She would now like to share her expertise with budding scientists.

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