AO Research Institute Davos internships and guest research visits

Gain experience in research and development (R&D) projects focusing on relevant clinical problems

The purpose of the AO Research Institute Davos internships and research visits is to provide motivated students and scientists with on-site research training to gain experience in applied preclinical R&D projects focusing on relevant clinical problems around the topic of orthopedic patient care.

Internships and research visits are funded by the AO Foundation or supported by institutional, national, international or personal research funds.

Benefits of an AO Research Institute Davos internship/research visit

  • Creation of tangible research results
  • Knowledge about how to approach research challenges
  • Theoretical and hands-on experience in contemporary research practices
  • Possibility of a research publication as a co-author (depending upon time and level of input)
  • Inspiration from being part of a world-renowned international multidisciplinary R&D team
  • Enlargement of personal network

Contact

Claudia Barblan

Administration Assistant

What AO Research Institute Davos fellows have to say

“During my time at the AO Research Institute Davos, I worked on interesting scientific projects, while working together with a great interdisciplinary and international team of scientists.”

Daphne Van der Heide, Department of Biomaterials Science and Technology, Faculty of Science and Technology, Technical Medical Center, University of Twente, Enschede, the Netherlands

AO Research Institute Davos internships and guest research visits

  • 2021

    Guest

     

    Gion-Ursin AligCelina Wolfisberg

    Switzerland

    ETH Zürich

    I am a master student in Health Sciences and Technology at ETH Zurich. From March to September 2021, I am writing my Thesis at the AO Research Institute in the Biomedical Development group, where I work on fracture monitoring. I am thankful for the opportunity to be part of the ARI team, work in such an enriching environment, and looking forward to gaining valuable experiences.

     

     

    Antonacci PaoloGiovanni Lauretta

    Italy

    University of Catania

    I am currently conducting my PhD course in Translational Biomedicine at the Department of Biomedical and Biotechnological Sciences of the University of Catania. The focus of my work concerns the development of innovative technologies in the field of tissue engineering aimed at the regeneration of cartilaginous tissues affected by deterioration following traumatic or arthritic pathologies. Now I am spending 6 months at AO Research Institute Davos as a guest PhD student, participating in the Regenerative Orthopaedics program, in order to investigate the response of custom scaffolds to mutiaxial load by using the custom-made bioreactors.

     

     

    Ya-nan FuKaihu Li

    China

    Central South University, China

    Kaihu Li got his bachelor’s degree of clinical medicine in 2013, and then finished the master’s degree in surgery in 2016 both at Xiangya Medical School of Central South University. From July 2016 to July 2019, he worked as a surgeon in orthopedics at First Affiliated Hospital of University of South China. From September 2019, he has been a PhD candidate at Xiangya hospital of Central South University. During the next two years, he will do research on cartilage preservation with osteochondral explant model as a joint PhD student at AO Research Institute Davos. He is honored to have the chance to study the state-of-the-art ideas and techniques on regenerative orthopedics at AO.

     

     

    Lara Tenisch

    Switzerland

    ETH Zürich

    I am a master student in Biomedical Engineering at ETH Zurich with a focus on Biomechanics. Currently, I am doing a 3-month internship in the Biomedical Development group where I am working on patient-specific fixations for complex proximal humerus fractures, before I will start my master's thesis at the ARI. I am thankful for the opportunity to get some hands-on experience in the field of biomechanics and to work in an interdisciplinary team of great scientists from all around the world on projects with a clear clinical relevance. Besides this, I appreciate the beautiful nature Davos has to offer. 

     

     

    Guest Scientist

     

    Chen GuoliangEmir Benca 

    Austria

    Medical University of Vienna

    Emir graduated in mechanical engineering at TU Wien, Vienna, Austria. He completed his PhD in biomedical engineering at the Medical University of Vienna. Currently he works at the Adolf Lorenz Lab for Biomechanics at the Department of Orthopedics and Trauma Surgery, Medical University of Vienna. His research interests include the evaluation of implants and surgical techniques, additive manufacturing, and finite element analysis applications in orthopedics and trauma surgery. During his six-months stay at the AO Research Institute Davos Emir will conduct experimental studies on the mechanical stability of an allograft osteosynthesis system.

     

    Guest Medical Fellow

     

    Marie Isenmann

    Germany

    University of Freiburg

    I am studying medicine since 2017 in Freiburg and recently finished my 7th semester. For the next 7 months, I will be a part of ARI, where I joined the Progenitor Cell Biology and Mechanoregulation Focus Area. My medical doctoral thesis is about the influence of BMPER-Expression on MSC´s differentiation. After years of studying clinical relevant theories, I am looking forward to get into practical research. I think the ARI as an international and interdisciplinary institute is the right place to get new inspiration and perspectives, indoor and outdoor.

     

    Internship

     

    Gion-Ursin AligAndrea Rossoni

    Italy

    Politecnico di Milano, Italy

    I am a M.Sc. in Biomedical Engineering, with a focus on Biomechanics and Biomaterials. After completing my Master thesis, I had the opportunity to join the ARI Group for the Sound Guided Tissue Regeneration focus area for a 10 months internship. I am honored and excited to join a research group working with a cutting-edge technology with such a terrific potential.

     

     

    Antonacci PaoloLaura Mecchi

    Italy

    Politecnico di Milano, Italy

    I just graduated in Biomedical Engineering at POLIMI, discussing a Master Thesis on microfluidic vascular network models and ionizing radiations. The main areas of focus in my Master were biomechanics, biomaterials, tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. I am currently working as a 10-month intern at ARI in the Sound Guided Tissue Regeneration Group, focus area of the Regenerative Orthopaedics Program. I am excited to work in an interdisciplinary and international research team, learning new skills and deepen my knowledge. In my free time I like to enjoy outdoor life doing sports and walks and to visit and explore new places.

     

     

    Ya-nan FuMarie Nehring

    Germany

    University of Veterinary Medicine, Hannover, Germany

    I am a 23-year-old vet student from Hanover. As a rising 5th year student interested in combining research and clinical practice in my career, I am thrilled to gain insight into the AO Preclinical Facility. I am very thankful for the opportunity of becoming a part in such a renowned research institute. In addition, I am looking forward to gaining an invaluable experience in the field of preclinical research and to broadening my horizons by getting to know experienced scientists. 

     

     

    Lara Tenisch

    Switzerland

    ETH Zürich

    I am a master student in Biomedical Engineering at ETH Zurich with a focus on Biomechanics. Currently, I am doing a 3-month internship in the Biomedical Development group where I am working on patient-specific fixations for complex proximal humerus fractures, before I will start my master's thesis at the ARI. I am thankful for the opportunity to get some hands-on experience in the field of biomechanics and to work in an interdisciplinary team of great scientists from all around the world on projects with a clear clinical relevance. Besides this, I appreciate the beautiful nature Davos has to offer. 

     

     

     

    Oliver Hüsser

    Switzerland

    Swiss Federal Institute of Technology

    I completed my bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering this winter. My interest in biomedical engineering brought me here. Before, I worked at Roche Diagnostics where I helped develop blood gas analyzers. I hope to learn a lot about medical imaging and fractures while contributing actively to ongoing projects.

     

     

    Gion-Ursin AligTaiyo Yamamoto

    Switzerland

    Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zürich

    Taiyo is an intern in the Biomedical Materials team. He graduated from ETH Zürich with a MSc in Molecular Health Sciences in spring 2021 and is now continuing his master's thesis project at the ARI. He is working with extracellular matrix derived biopolymers, aiming to improve their mechanical properties for their application in the treatment of osteoarthritis.

     

     

    Antonacci PaoloSimone Poncioni

    Switzerland

    University of Bern

    Simone has just completed a Master's degree in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Bern. He focused his studies on Finite Elements (FE) and design of biomechanical systems. He joined the Biomedical Development group at the AO Research Institute (ARI) with the aim of applying his knowledge in the field for a 9-month internship. He believes that the international and dynamic working environment offered by the AO Foundation provides a solid foundation for professional and personal development. When he is not in the lab, he spends his time listening to music or on the ski slopes working as an instructor.

     

     

    Ya-nan FuLara Ettinger

    Switzerland

    Regenerative Orthopaedics

    I am 20 years old and have graduated the Swiss Matura in September 2020. Because I finished it earlier than planned, I had some time left which I wanted to use to find the appropriate course of study. The increasing interest in natural science and especially in its research induced me to apply for a short internship at AO Research Institute Davos. I am sure it will help me to get an extensive insight in the laboratory work. The way things are looking now I will begin to study Biomedicine in September 2021. At this point I want to thank everyone for the warm reception and I am very grateful for this opportunity.

     

     

    Guest-Internship

     

    Alessia Meyer

    Switzerland

    Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zürich

    I am currently finishing my master's degree in Health Sciences and Technology with a major in Medical Technology at the ETH Zurich. As part
    of an internship and master's thesis, I will be joining the Regenerative Orthopaedics Program within the Disc and Cartilage Biology Focus Area. The study I will be working on, evaluates the capability of deep zone chondrocytes in osteochondral tissue engineering and their potential to form articular cartilage and hypertrophic cartilage matrix. I am honored to work with such a driven team, learn from every member and improve my research skills by working at ARI. 

     

    Guest PhD Student

     

    Sara Palladino

    Italy

    University Laval, Quebec City

    "After graduation in Biomedical engineering at Politecnico di Milano, Italy, I started at the end of 2018 my joint PhD at Laboratory
    of Biomaterials and Bioengineering, at Université Laval, Québec, Canada, and at GentLab, Politecnico di Milano, Italy. My project is focused on the development of a bioprinted collagen-based vascular wall model. I joined now ARI Regenerative Orthopedics group for a 6-months internship to deepen my knowledge on hyaluronic acid, its properties and modifications and to develop a hybrid bioink combining the properties of collagen and hyaluronic acid. I am enthusiastic about being part of the big AO family and living its stimulating international environment. "

    Master Student

     

    Nadine Kluser

    Switzerland

    Swiss Federal Institute of Technology

    Nadine completed her master studies in Health Science and Technology majoring in Medical Technology at ETH Zurich. After finishing her Didactical Certificate at ETH Zurich, she returned to AO Research Institute to continue working on her master thesis project. In her 12-month stay she will investigate how 3D printed scaffolds with longitudinally aligned microgroove topographies can affect macrophage adhesion, morphology and cytokine expression. Nadine is very excited to rejoin the AO family, work in an interdisciplinary team and improve her research skills in the fields of regenerative medicine and tissue engineering. Furthermore, she loves the opportunity to combine the scientific work with her passion for cycling and skiing.

     

  • 2020

    Guest Students

    Manuel HerzogManuel Herzog

    Switzerland

    Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich

    I am a student in Health Sciences and Technology at the ETH Zurich. Now I am joining the AO Research Institute to culminate my master's degree in Molecular Health Sciences. During the next six months I will write my Master's thesis in the regenerative orthopedics program. I'm mostly interested in the tightly regulated molecular systems of the human body. I'm looking forward to working with very skilled people and to gaining a deeper understanding of the musculoskeletal system.

     

    Chen GuoliangChen Guoliang

    China

    Sun Yat-sen University, China

    Guoliang Chen is an exchange PhD student from Sun Yat-sen University, China. He successively finished his Master of surgery and the orthopedic resident training at Jinan University from 2015-2018, and started his PhD from August 2018. It's an honor for him to study at the AO Research Institute Davos Regenerative Orthopaedics Program. In the past few years, he majored in spine surgery in China. During the period of 12 months at AO Research Institute, he will focus on the dual fluorescence functional mesenchymal stem cell sorting.

     

    Edera MarcelloEdera Marcello

    Switzerland

    Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich

    Edera is a Bachelor student in Food Science at the ETH in Zurich. She's got the opportunity to do her Bachelor's Thesis at the AO Foundation and will be testing various treatments of S. aureus fracture-related infections. Edera is looking forward to gaining experience in the lab and improving on practical as well as scientific skills. Apart from loving food and everything related with it, she loves spending time with family and friends, doing sports, cooking, and talking (a lot).

     

    Guo PengGuo Peng

    China

    Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou

    Peng Guo finished his master’s degree in surgery at Zhejiang University in March 2015 and clinical training of orthopaedic residents at the first affiliated hospital of Sun Yat-sen University in July 2018. Now he is a PhD candidate at Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China, whose major is spine surgery. At the AO Research Institute Davos, he studies as a visiting PhD student member of Regenerative Orthopaedics group where he will focus on cartilage repair with biomimetic decellularized extracellular matrix biomaterials for 12 months. He is looking forward to working with very skilled professionals at AO in a multidisciplinary environment and appreciates being a member of AO community.

     

    Babak SaraviBabak Saravi

    Germany

    Medical Center Freiburg, Department of Orthopedics and Trauma Surgery, Freiburg, Germany

    Babak Saravi (DMD, MD Research Fellow) is affiliated with the University Medical Center Freiburg, Department of Orthopedics and Trauma Surgery, Freiburg, Germany. He is a member of the Regenerative Orthopaedics program and does research on the role of the tissue renin-Angiotensin system in the progression of degenerative disc disease. He is the holder of the renowned "The Deutschlandstipendium" from the German Federal Government and the University of Freiburg, which will support his research along with other grants. Babak is very excited to conduct his research in this beautiful and internationally highly renowned research environment.

     

    Takuya HidakaTakuya Hidaka

    Japan

    Kyoto University

    Takuya Hidaka is a PhD candidate from Japan. He received his M. D. from Department of Science, Kyoto University in Japan in March 2018 and
    started his PhD from April 2018. In his PhD study, he uses DNA-binding molecules called pyrrole-imidazole polyamides for mitochondrial DNA modulation. At the AO research institute Davos he will work on development of compounds which can control mitochondrial and bacterial DNA transcription with Progenitor Cell Biology and Mechanoregulation group and Infection Biology group.

     

    Penghui ZhangPenghui Zhang

    China

    Sun Yat-sen University

    I obtained the Master of Surgery majoring in Orthopaedics at Central South University, China in 2015. From 2016 to 2018, I have received Orthopaedic resident training at the First Affiliated Hospital of Sun Yat-sen University. Currently, being a Ph.D candidate at Sun Yat-sen University focuses on the doctoral project related to the biological performance of MSCs seeded bone biomaterials under dynamic culture. I greatly appreciate the opportunity to join the outstanding team in the field. During the period of one year at AO Research Institute, I am looking forward to improving my experimental skills and scientific thinking of musculoskeletal regeneration research, especially on cartilage repair in osteoarthritis. I hope that I will be able to use the experience and technologies I gained here to facilitate my future career.
     

    Internship

    Gion-Ursin AligGion-Ursin Alig

    Switzerland

    Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich

    I am currently doing my Master's degree in Biomedical Engineering with a focus on Molecular Bioengineering at ETH Zurich. I am very happy to join the AO Research Institute in the regenerative orthopaedics program. I have the opportunity to do a 3-month internship and my Master's thesis in the field of intervertebral disc regeneration/engineering. I am looking forward to gaining experiences in the practical laboratory work and to improving my research skills. 

     

    Amirsiavosh BashardoustAmirsiavosh Bashardoust

    Iran

    EPFL, Lausanne

    I am completing my Master's degree in Mechanical Engineering with specialization of biomechanics at EPFL. I am an Intern in ARI group for six months starting from August 2020 and working on image processing of medical images in Biomedical Development group. My main research interest is orthopedic biomechanics. I am really exited about experiencing the interdisciplinary environment like ARI group and improve my research skills beside my soft skills in this professional atmosphere .

     

    Antonacci PaoloAntonacci Paolo

    Italy

    Polytechnic of Turin, Italy

    I am a 23-year-old student in Biomedical Engineering at Polytechnic of Turin. I will join the ARI for six months to complete my master's degree. I am really excited to do my master's thesis work in the Biomedical Development group and develop further professional and personal skills in this interdisciplinary and welcoming environment like ARI. My main interest is image processing and my project includes the segmentation and quantification of cartilage on CT images. I am looking forward to spend six interesting months at the ARI and to gain further experience in research work.

     

    Janik EglaufJanik Eglauf

    Switzerland

    Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich

    I am studying Health Sciences and Technology at ETH Zürich with a major in Medical Technology. I have the opportunity to do a 3-month internship and my Master’s Thesis at the AO Research Institute in the regenerative orthopaedics program. My main interests are musculoskeletal research with focus on tissue regeneration and tissue engineering. I am very excited to work and learn in such an interdisciplinary team and I am looking forward to gain experiences in the field of intervertebral disc research.

     

    Ya-nan FuYa-nan Fu

    China

    Beijing University of Chemical Technology

    Ya-nan Fu finished her Master Degree majoring in Pharmacy at Beijing University of Chemical Technology, China during 2014-2017. In 2017, being a PhD candidate at Beijing University of Chemical Technology, she focus on the Biomedical Materials for Antibacterial, Wound Healing and Cell Culture. It's an great honor for Ya-nan to work on projects about “Nanoparticle-based approach to target intracellular pathogens” as member in Fintan Moriarty's research group AO Research Institute. Ya-nan is looking forward to get an insight in professional scientific work for 6 months.

     

    Joseph HintermannJoseph Hintermann

    Switzerland

    Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich

    As part of his Master's degree in Health Science and Technology, majoring in Medical Technology, the 27-year-old student is completing a four-month internship followed by his Master's Thesis at the AO Research Institute in the Infection Biology Group. His goal is to study the effect of high concentrations of antibiotics on MSCs differentiation. Apart from honing his research skills Joseph is also excited to work with a multi-national and interdisciplinary team to help improve global health and expand his network of friends from all over the world. When he is not working, he can be found powerlifting in the gym or cooking and eating.

     

    Manuel KnechtManuel Knecht

    Switzerland

    Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich

    After I finished my Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering at ETH Zurich this summer, I wanted to get some more hands-on experience before starting with my master's program. During my 5-month internship I want to get an insight into an engineering field I have not been able to experience yet, despite my interest in biomedical engineering. I will join the ARI Group for Biomedical Development and work on the development and validation of the OSApp. I'm looking forward to working in an international working environment and tackling the upcoming challenges. In my free time I like hiking, cooking and spending time out in the nature.

     

    Thomas Jörimann

    Switzerland

    Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich

    Thomas is a 25-year-old student and is currently finishing his Master’s degree in Health Sciences and Technology with a major in Medical Technology at the ETH Zurich. He joined the AO Research Institute Davos to do a 3-month internship and his master thesis. His aim in the Musculoskeletal Regeneration group is to investigate the effect of mechanical stimulation on controlling the mesenchymal stromal cell differentiation fate. He is excited to gain experiences with the methods of Tissue Engineering and working in a multidisciplinary research environment, all in combination with his passion for skiing and mountains. 

     

    Andrea NüeschAndrea Nüesch 

    Switzerland

    Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich

    I am currently completing my Master's degree in Health Sciences and Technology with a focus on medical technology at ETH Zurich. I will join the ARI Group for Intervertebral Disc Regeneration with the goal of studying the effect of the secretome of mesenchymal stem cells on the regeneration of intervertebral disc cells. I am looking forward to improving my research skills and working in an interdisciplinary environment.

     

    Lotta ReimannLotta Reimann

    Germany

    University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover

    Lotta (23-year-old) is studying veterinary medicine at TiHo (Tierärztliche Hochschule Hannover) in Hanover. Lotta is really thankful for the opportunity to do a two-month internship as a part of her practical year at the Focus Area Surgery – Preclinical Services of the AO Research Institute Davos. It is a great chance for her to work in an interdisciplinary innovative team and to learn about many different aspects of preclinical research. She looks forward to a diversified and instructive time at the AO Research Institute Davos. Furthermore, Lotta wants to meet many exciting people and enjoy the nature of Davos, Graubünden and the rest of Switzerland.

     

    Magdalena RemppisMagdalena Remppis

    Germany

    Stuttgart University

    My name is Magdalena and I am studying a master's in biomedical engineering at the University of Stuttgart. I finished my bachelor's degree at the University of Applied Science in Aachen in 2019 and my bachelor thesis in the Stockholm (KTH) imaging group, focusing on pre-processing and analyzing preclinical fMRI images of the brain. During my master's I mainly focused on Biomechanics and now I have the opportunity to finish my masters at AO Research Institute in the Biomechanical Development program. My project includes processing and analyzing shoulder activity data from accelerometers taken from a clinical study investigating post-operative patients' movement. I am looking forward to being a member of the multidisciplinary research group here at ARI.

     

    Flurina StaubliFlurina Staubli

    Switzerland

    Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich

    I am a master student in Biomedical Engineering at ETH Zürich. From June to November 2020 I’m writing my Master’s Thesis
    at the AO Research Institute in the regenerative orthopedics program. I’m mostly interested in the fields of biofabrication, tissue engineering and drug delivery. I’m looking forward to working at the AO and hope to learn many new things in the field of 3D printing and tissue engineering.

     

    Win-Hon TrinhWin-Hon Trinh

    Switzerland

    Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich

    I am currently a master student in Medical Technology at ETH Zurich. My interests are in regenerative medicine, tissue engineering and drug delivery.The AO Research Institute gives me the opportunity to combine my interests. The project I work on is about the bacteriophage delivery for treatment and prevention of bacterial infections. I will be doing a three months internship and my Master's Thesis at the AO foundation. I am excited to translate what I learned in theory into practise.  

     

     

    Sylvie Wirth Sylvie Wirth

    Switzerland

    Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich

    I am a Master Student in Health Sciences and Technology at the ETH Zurich focusing on medical technology. During my 3-months internship followed by my master Master’s Thesis at the ARI I will work on the development of a 3D printed Lego scaffold for mandibular defects. I am eager to acquire practical skills in the various fields and to contribute to the project. Further, I am looking forward to the exchange with the other researchers and enjoying my time
    in Davos.

     

     

  • 2019

    Guest Students

    Melanie AcostaMelanie Acosta

    Germany

    University Furtwangen

    As a Bachelor student from the HFU (Hochschule Furtwangen) in Germany I am honoured to be a part of the AO Research Institute. In Furtwangen I studied Molecular and Technical Medicine. I joined with pleasure the Stem cell group, where I will focus on synovial stem cells as an alternative cell source for cartilage Tissue Engineering during my bachelor thesis. The main aspects will be the mechanical stimulation and the influence of BMP2 and TGFβ. So, I am looking forward to six months full of collecting experiences and gaining new knowledge.

     

    Talita AygünTalita Aygün

    Germany

    University Furtwangen

    Talita is a bachelor student in Molecular and Technical Medicine at the Hochschule Furtwangen. During her studies she has already done an internship of six months in a Tissue Engineering group in Berlin where she developed her interest in stem cells and their use in Regenerative Therapy. Therefore, she decided to write her thesis in the Musculoskeletal Regeneration Program with the focus lying on the mechanic stimulation of synovial stem cells in order to use for cartilage Tissue Engineering. Talita is really glad about the given opportunity at the ARI and is looking forward to work with her new colleagues on these interesting research topics.

     

    Nan JiangNan Jiang

    China

    West China College of Stomatology

    Nan Jiang is a visiting scholar from the West China College of Stomatology, Sichuan University in China. He finished his study in June 2017 in the Sichuan University with an MD and PhD degree. Then, he worked in the West China Hospital of Stomatology as an orthognathic surgeon. Now he is an attending doctor whose major was orthognathic and temporal-mandibular joint (TMJ) surgery. He studies as a research fellow member of musculoskeletal regeneration group where he focuses on the decellularized ECM bioink as biomaterial for intervertebral disc regeneration. He is interested in different programs related to tissue engineering and biomaterials.

     

    Judith PfannkucheJudith Pfannkuche

    Germany

    Albert Ludwigs University Freiburg

    Judith was born in Heidelberg, Germany and started in the medical field by working as a paramedic for 2 years in Flensburg in the north of Germany. In 2012 she started studying medicine at the Riga-Stradiņš-University in Riga, Latvia and earned her medical diploma in the summer of 2018. Afterwards she applied to the University of Freiburg, Germany in order to do research for a doctoral degree. Judith will be working for 7 months at AO Research Institute Davos`s Musculoskeletal Regeneration Group in the InflamoDisc project to develop the inflammation model of the IVD and it`s possible treatment approaches further. It is an honor to be able to work in such an enriching environment together with international and dedicated scientists of different backgrounds in the middle of such beautiful nature and Judith is eager to learn a lot.

     

     

    Céline Tourbier Céline Tourbier 

    Germany

    Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg

    Céline Tourbier (22-years-old )is studying both medicine and dentistry at Albert-Ludwigs-Universität, Freiburg, Germany. There she was accepted for a doctorate at the Department of Cranio-Maxiofacial Surgery. She is honored to be a member of Prof. Martin Stoddart's research group and thrilled about the opportunity to study the effects of BMPER on mesenchymal stem cells in the Musculoskeletal Regeneration department. Céline is looking forward to her one year sta

    Internships

    Simon ComtesseSimon Comtesse

    Switzerland

    Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich

    Simon is a 25-year old master student in Biomedical Engineering (track biomechanics) at ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology). After a successful Bachelor’s Degree in Health Sciences and Technology in 2016, he took one year off from the academic studies to gain some practical experience by doing an internship at Mathys AG Bettlach in the field of Innovation and Technology, where he evaluated preclinical and clinical tests. Simon is really happy about the opportunity to do his master thesis in the clinical development group at the AO Research Institute Davos in Davos, where he will work on the AO fracture monitor, as Davos combines his passion for biomedical research and alpine skiing.

     

    Carolin DankerCarolin Danker

    Germany

    University of Stuttgart

    I am 22 years old and I finished my Bachelor's in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Stuttgart and the University of Tübingen in August 2019. Before continuing with my Master studies, I will spend sixth month at AO for an internship. I will be part of the Biomedical Development team and I am looking forward to work in an interdisciplinary and international environment.

     

     

    Nicola di MarzioNicola Di Marzio

    Italy

    University of Turin, Italy

    I have recently graduated from Polytechnique University of Turin, Italy with a Marster’s degree in Biomedical Engineering. I am interested in the medical scientific applications. I developed my master thesis project working at the Houston Methodist Research Institute, Houston, Texas, US. This experience blown my mind. I worked mainly on two projects. The first about design and use of gold nanoparticles as radiosensitizing agent for lung cancer treatment, developed in a in vivo and in ovo model and the second about design of PLGA drug loaded particles for sustained release into the pericardial space for heart diseases treatment, performed in a big animal model. I am fascinated by microfabrication for microfluidics and organ-on-a-chip application. I will be working on 3D cells/sferoids patterning and organoids vascularization joining the Polimers group for 8 months. I was working in Siemens Healthineers in Milan, where I improved my multitasking skills and problem solving capabilities, but I realized I needed to get more hands on experiences. Therefore, AO Foundation and Davos environment can offer me what I need now.

    Priscilla FüllemannPriscilla Füllemann

    Germany

    Reutlingen University

    I am 23 years old and I have recently graduated from Reutlingen University with a bachelor's degree in Biomedical Science. During my practical semester I discover my passion for cell culture and in my bachelor project I was able to get an insight into the exciting topic of bone healing research. My bachelor thesis contained the development and cell biological examination of an absorbable fiber-based bone substitute material. To get more practical and working experience I will doing a 11 month internship in the Musculoskeletal Regeneration group at AO Foundation.

     

    Katharina KeckKatharina Keck

    Germany

    RWTH Aachen

    In 2014 I started studying human medicine at the RWTH University Aachen. This summer I finished the 10th semester and have been given the opportunity to come to AO Research Institute Davos to work on my thesis which focuses on biomechanical evaluation of implants in femoral neck fractures. Therefore I am joining the Biomedical Development group for three months. I am grateful to be here and thank everyone for the warm reception.

     

    Nadine KluserNadine Kluser

    Switzerland

    Swiss Federal Institute of Technology

    Nadine is currently finishing her Master's degree in Health Sciences and Technology with a major in Medical Technology at the ETH Zurich. As part of her fellowship and master thesis, she will join the disc regeneration group. There she will evaluate the efficacy of new biomaterials and cells for intervertebral disc regeneration. Nadine is very excited to work in an interdisciplinary team and improve her research skills in the fields of regenerative medicine and tissue engineering. Furthermore, she loves the opportunity to combine the scientific work with her passion for mountain biking and skiing.
     

    Nora KrejczingerNora Krejczinger

    Hungary

    University of Veterinarian Medicine Budapest

    Nora is a 24 year old veterinarian from Hungary. She graduated in the year of 2019 at the University of Veterinary Medicine Budapest. She wrote her thesis about the Operative management of pelvic bone fractures with locking and non-locking plates. Her main interests are small animal surgery with emphasis on orthopedics. So far Nora had only experienced practice work, hence she wanted to extend her research knowledge. After a four-month residence in Germany with Erasmus program, she became a member of the AO Research Institute Davos Preclinical Services for the following three months. She is looking forward to being a part of he orthopedic research with a well-rounded and experienced team.

    Wenyue LiWenyue Li

    China

    Zhejiang University - University of Edinburgh Institute, Hangzhou, China

    I am studying Biomedical Sciences as an undergraduate in Zhejiang University-University of Edinburgh Institute, China. In the past year I was working on a project about osteoarthritis, during which time I became interested in bone diseases and regeneration. I am doing a 3-month internship at AO Davos and was given an opportunity to study early biomarkers of intervertebral disc degeneration in Musculoskeletal Regeneration Group. It is a great honor to work in a world-leading research group in the field and make friends with scientists from all over the world in AO Research Institute Davos. I look forward to gaining valuable experience in AO and making progress on my research career. 

    Marija MatvejevaMarija Matvejeva

    Latvia

    University of Life Sciences, Warsaw, Poland

    I am from Latvia but left home 8 years ago to pursue a career in veterinary medicine. First I did Animal Behavior and Welfare degree in Plymouth,UK. Currently I am finishing my veterinary degree in Warsaw, Poland and am very excited to be a part of AO team even for a short time. I am interested in anesthesia and surgery and this veterinary externship is a great opportunity to get some hands on experience and get an insight into the world of orthopedic research. AO Foundation offers great academical support for students and gives an opportunity to be a part of a professional team. 

    Astrid SourbrierAstrid Sourbrier

    Belgium

    Astrid is osteopath and she shows a particular interest in the spine and more precisely in the intervertebral disc, that has been strengthened by her clinical experience. Therefore, she enjoys getting the opportunity to join the intervertebral disc regeneration group of the AO Research Institute Davos Musculoskeletal Regeneration Program, within she will work on the NeuroDisc project. She is excited to take a look inside the disc and to get another point of view of this captivating structure in order to contribute to treatment improvements.

     

    Van der Heide DaphneDaphne Van der Heide

    The Netherlands

    University of Twente

    My name is Daphne van der Heide and I am 22 years old. Currently I am in my second year of my master Biomedical Engineering at the University of Twente, The Netherlands, where I do the Bioengineering track. Before my master, I did the bachelor Biomedical Engineering also at the University of Twente and I followed the second degree teachers program in chemistry. For my master I will be doing a 4 month internship at the Polymers team at the AO Research Institute.
     

    Taiyo YamamotoTaiyo Yamamoto

    Switzerland

    Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zürich

    I started studying Health Sciences and Technology at ETH Zurich in 2016 and am now a master student in Molecular Health Sciences. I have always been interested in research on regenerative medicine throughout my studies, so in October 2019 I joined the ARI polymers group for my master thesis. After the years of studying I am eager to gain more practical experiences and to embark on my research at the AO Research Institute. 

     

  • 2018

    Guest Scientists

    Eamon SheehyEamon Sheehy

    Ireland

    Royal College of Surgeons, Ireland

    Eamon Sheehy (32 years old) graduated with a PhD from Trinity College Dublin in 2014, where his research focussed on the tissue engineering of anatomically-shaped whole bones and joints by recapitulating the developmental process of endochondral ossification. Thereafter, he became a post-doctoral researcher in the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, where his interests have concentrated on the fabrication of advanced biomaterials for drug delivery and infection control. He is currently a guest researcher in the Musculoskeletal Infection Group in the AO Research Institute working on a collaborative project investigating the capacity of an antibiotic-eluting scaffold to treat infection and regenerate bone in a rabbit model of osteomyelitis.

    Guest Students

    Ivan Al SaifyIvan Al Saify

    The Netherlands

    University of Applied Sciences, The Netherlands

    Ivan is a third year bachelor student at the University of Applied Sciences, pursuing his passion for biology and chemistry. With his further outlook in the feature of doing a master degree in biomedical chemistry he feels privileged to do this internship at the AO foundation with knowledgeable professors and doctors
     
     

    Zohreh ArabpourZohreh Arabpour

    Iran

    Tehran University of Medical Science (TUMS)

    Zohreh Arabpour is a Ph.D. student In Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine at Tehran University of Medical Science (TUMS). Before I was physiologist and I had some research about Alzheimer disease, but I'm interested in deepening in study of Tissue engineering. My PhD project was about Corneal Tissue Engineering. I have the great opportunity as member in Prof. Mauro Alini research group to work on auto ink project with supervision of Dr. Sophie Verrier. Zohreh aims to learn and participate in all aspects of professional basic research and really appreciates the opportunity to collaborate with highly renowned scientists AO Foundation at Davos.
     

    Yannik GehlenYannik Gehlen

    Germany

    Albert-Ludwigs-Universität, Freiburg, Germany

    Yannik (24-years-old) is a medical student in his fifth year at the university of Freiburg and doctoral candidate at the Department of Orthopedics and Trauma Surgery, University Medical Center Freiburg under the lead of Prof. Dr. Norbert Südkamp. He is doing research for the project InflamoDisc at the AO Research Institute where he investigates new approaches in the treatment of lumbar back pain. Yannik is looking forward to joining the Musculoskeletal Regeneration Group and having the chance to get an insight in professional scientific work for half a year.
     

    Wei GuoWei Guo

    China

    Hospital of Sun Yat-sen Universty Zhongshan

    Wei Guo, M.D. and Ph.D., is a visiting scholar from the Department of Spine Surgery, the First Affiliated Hospital of Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China. He studies as a research fellow at the AO Research Institute Davos Musculoskeletal Regeneration Program for 12 months. Wei is honored to be a member of musculoskeletal regeneration group where he will focus on the nucleus pulposus regeneration upon hydrogel implantation. He is interested in different programs related to tissue engineering and mechanics research.
     

    Niko KovermannNiko Kovermann

    Germany

    University of Berlin

    Nikolas Kovermann comes from Rheinbach, Germany. He finished his study in veterinary medicine in Berlin at the Freie Universität Berlin in April 2017. In September 2017 he started his doctoral thesis with the topic " Synovial stem cells as an alternative cell source for the cartilage tissue engineering-the role of the mechanical stimulation" in the stem cell group of Prof. Martin Stoddart. He is very happy and grateful to be a member of the AO Foundation Team and that he can learn professional basic research with highly renowned scientists in Davos.
     

    Dominic MischlerDominic Mischler

    Switzerland

    ETH Zürich

    Dominic Mischler is 24 years old and originally from Hinwil, Switzerland. In 2016 he obtained his Bachelor degree at ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) in Health Sciences and Technology and is currently in his Masters where he specializes in Medical Technology. Dominic looks forward to doing his master thesis in the Biomedical Development Program where he focuses on the finite element analysis of medical implants. He highly appreciates the given opportunity to gain further insight into the research and to work in an interdisciplinary group of scientists from all around the world. Besides this, he likes to meet new people and enjoy biking, hiking, cross-country and alpine skiing.
     

    Elham VojoudiElham Vojoudi

    Iran

    Tehran University of Medical Science (TUMS)

    I'm a Ph.D. student in Regenerative medicine at Tehran University of Medical Science (TUMS). In the past I was Midwives and Anatomist, but I'm interested in deepening in study of Tissue engineering specially in cartilage regeneration. I have the great opportunity to work on projects by bioreactor as member in Martin Stoddart's research group and really appreciate the opportunity to collaborate with highly renowned scientists in Davos. Furthermore, I like to meet people, make new friend, and enjoy beautiful Davos.

    Internships

    Benjamin BurkhardBenjamin Burkhard

    Switzerland

    ETH Zürich 

    Benjamin Burkhard is a 24-year-old master student in Biomedical Engineering at ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology). In 2016 he obtained his bachelor's degree in Health Sciences and Technology and then interrupted his studies for one year to gain practical experience in the field of biomechanical testing. Benjamin is currently doing his semester project in the Biomedical Development Program focusing on biomechanical tests with the AO Fracture Monitor before he will be doing his master thesis on finite element analysis of medical implants. He is looking forward to work in an interdisciplinary and international team on projects which have a clear clinical relevance. Besides this, he likes Davos as a place to live out his passion for alpine skiing.
     

    Shahrbanoo JahangirShahrbanoo Jahangir

    Iran

    Iran University 

    I am PhD student in Tissue engineering and regeneration medicine at the Iran University of Medical Sciences. I started research fellow in AO research institute at April 18th. I would like to use the bioreactor in AO for doing my PhD thesis. I completed my bachelor studies in biology at the Shiraz university (Iran) in 2003, I also completed my master's degree in developmental biology at the science and culture university (Tehran, Iran) that collaborated with Royan institute in 2009, then I have worked in Royan institute as research assistant for 9 years. My field is bone and cartilage tissue engineering field. I have done different project about bone regeneration and angiogenesis in bone tissue engineering. My PhD project is about inhibition of hypertrophy during the chondrocyte differentiation. I have publications include 9 papers and 2 book chapters.
     

    Tino JuckerTino Jucker

    Switzerland

    ETH Zürich 

    I am a master student at the ETH (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) in Zürich, studying Health Sciences and Technology with the major in Medical Technology. I am honoured with the possibility to write my master thesis in the Polymer Group of the Musculoskeletal Regeneration Program at the AO Research Institute. There, I'm going to work on tough hydrogels for cartilage regeneration. I'm excited to work in an interdisciplinary and international team of great scientists and to improve my research skills in the fields of tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. Besides this, I appreciate Davos as a spot for mountain biking and skiing.
     

    Stefania VogdanouStefania Vogdanou

    Greece

    Warsaw University of Life Sciences, Poland

    Stefania Vogdanou is doing a Vet externship in Preclinical Services, AO Research Institute Davos. She is Greek from Thessaloniki and she is finishing the last semester of her studies in Veterinary Medicine in SGGW, Warsaw, Poland. She is quite multicultural as over the past 6 years, she studied and worked in the UK, Denmark and the Netherlands. She has a special interest in pursuing surgery cases and that is the main reason for joining the AO team. During her time in AO Research Institute Davos, she is participating in different projects, trying to get as much 'hands-on' experience as possible.
     

    Luca AmbrosioLuca Ambrosio

    Italy

    Campus Bio-Medicao University of Rome

    Luca successfully completed his medical degree in July 2018 at the Campus Bio-Medico University of Rome. Since he was a student, he has travelled to the USA (University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA; Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA) during his summer breaks to learn the fundamentals of medical research, developing a thorough interest towards translational science and regenerative medicine in orthopaedics. He will spend two months as a medical research fellow in AO Research Institute Davos’s Musculoskeletal Regeneration Program, working on the optimization of a hyaluronan/collagen bioink for cartilage regeneration. He is thrilled and honoured about the possibility to work in an international and world-renowned research group.
     

    Daniel CiricDaniel Ciric

    Australia

    Flinders University, Tonesly

    Daniel Ciric (22-years-old) is a student from Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia and conducted a research fellowship as a member of AO Research Institute Davos biomedical development program. He has studied a bachelor's degree with honours in mechanical engineering and will be continuing his masters in biomedical engineering. Biomechanics is a field he is passionate about. Furthermore, the innovative research that is aimed at development of devices and clinical protocols to benefit those who have undergone trauma is also of great interest to him. During his time at AO Research Institute Davos the focus has been in image processing, mechanical and biomechanical testing for projects involving implant testing with a multidisciplinary team consisting of engineers, orthopaedic surgeons and scientists from different parts of the globe. Daniel highly admires the research conducted by the AO Foundation and the vision and mission of providing services in the development, research and innovation in the field of biomechanics, trauma and rehabilitation. In his free time, he enjoys taking photos, playing music and snowboarding.
     

    Eshwari DathathriEshwari Dathathri

    India

    University of Twente, The Netherlands

    I completed my Bachelor's in biomedical engineering from Manipal Institute of Technology, India in 2016. During my thesis, I worked on multiple projects with focus on developing hydrogels and nanoparticles for drug delivery applications. Following year, I worked as a research assistant to expand my practical and research experience, after which I started my masters at University of Twente in 2018. I am currently interning for 4 months at the AO Research Institute under the polymer group of the musculoskeletal regeneration program. My scope of work involves developing thermoplastic polyurethanes that can be melt extruded for 3D printing. I am excited to be a part of an international organization and look forward to working with renowned scientists in this field. I would like to take this opportunity to improve my research skills and gain knowledge in polymer science and 3D printing. I plan to pursue a PhD after my graduation and hope to make my contribution as a researcher in field of tissue engineering and regenerative medicine.
     

    Gabriele Maria FortunatoGabriele Maria Fortunato

    Italy

    Gabriele (26-years-old) is a master student in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Pisa. He obtained the bachelor degree in Biomedical Engineering in 2015 with a thesis about the characterization of a keratin-based biomaterial and he is now working on his master thesis about a bioactive sensing platform to evaluate cell behaviour. His work is therefore focused on the study of conductive polymers. He worked on the first part of the thesis at ‘Research Centre E. Piaggio’ in Pisa and he will spent 3 months in AO Foundation in the Polymers Group to complete his research. He is very excited about this new experience in Davos and about the future opportunities that a traineeship in AO Research Institute can give him for his further research studies and working possibilities.
     

    Maximilian HeumannMaximilian Heumann

    Germany

    University of Applied Science Ansbach

    I am 21 years old and I am studying Biomedical Engineering at the University of Applied Science Ansbach (Germany). I am going to write my Bachelor Thesis in Biomedical Development Program at the AO Research Institute. During my studying I have already done an internship over 5 months in a big medical technology company and furthermore I was studying for one semester abroad in the USA. After my graduation I will start my Master`s Program to improve my knowledge and specialize in a specific area. My plan for the future is to work in the R&D Department of a medical technology company dealing with osteosynthesis.
     

    Philippa JörgerPhilippa Jörger

    Switzerland

    ETH, Zürich

    I'm 23 years old and I grew up not far from here in Valbella. I finished my bachelor's degree in Health Science and Technology in Summer 2018 at ETHZ and am excited to start my master in Medicin and Technology with an internship at AO Foundation. Here I work at the project Immunospine where we try to find a way to regenerate a pathological intervertebral disc and restoring its mechanical functionality as well as cell growth. I'm looking forward to improving my research skills and working in an interdisciplinary environment. Other than studying I enjoy hiking, skiing, climbing and making music.
     

    Hubertus KähnHubertus Kähn

    Germany

    University of Veterinary Medicine TiHo Hannover

    I am 25 years old and in my final year of veterinary school in which German curriculum requires mandatory externships. I was very happy to receive the opportunity to obtain an insight view in preclinical orthopedic research at AO Research Institute. Even though my stay in Davos is limited to only 7 weeks I am convinced, it is very beneficial for my later professional career due to the skills and knowledge it provides as well as the multitude of experienced researchers it brings me in contact with. I very much enjoy the various aspects of meticulous techniques in orthopedic surgeries. Given the possibility and once I have received my veterinary license I could see myself making orthopedic research at AO a subject of my doctoral thesis or at least staying to be in contact with the great scientists I have met here.
     

    Jessica Keller Jessica Keller 

    Switzerland

    Jessica Keller (21 years old, from Chur, Switzerland) is doing an early-stage internship at the AO to gain some insights in the professional basic research. She will start her Bachelor studies in Biotechnology at the ZHAW in September and is beyond grateful for the opportunity to work with and learn from highly renowned scientists in such an early stage of her career. She highly appreciates working in an international environment and making new friends from all over the world. Jessica's looking forward to the interesting project she will be working with Dr. Sophie Verrier in the Musculoskeletal Regeneration Project and a fun time in Davos, hoping she will be able to come back one day for her thesis.
     

    Yann LadnerYann Ladner

    Switzerland

    Swiss Federal Institute of Technology

    Yann Ladner is currently completing his Master's degree in Health Sciences and Technology with the major in Medical Technology at the ETH (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology). As part of his fellowship at the AO research institute and his master's thesis, Yann will join the Musculoskeletal Regeneration Program. There, he will explore the effect of nitric oxide inhibition on chondrogenesis. He is very excited to be part of such a distinguished research team and looking forward to working in the field of tissue engineering.
     

    Daniele PellicciottaDaniele Pellicciotta

    Italy

    University Ca' Foscari, Venice

    Daniele is 28 years old and comes from Lanciano (CH), Italy. He received a bachelor degree in Biotechnology after studying at University of L'Aquila and then completed his studies in 2017, by earning a master's degree in Science and Technology of bio and nanomaterials at Ca' Foscari University of Venice. He is an intern in the Muscoloskeletal Regeneration group at AO Research Institute Davos in Davos and will be working for 9 months with Dr. Tiziano Serra on a project which uses sound waves to induce tridimensional morphogenesis in cellular spheroids. He is very exited to start this new adventure in a stimulating environment with many opportunities to pursue research, moreover in such a beautiful place as Davos, which is also perfect for skiing, an activity that he likes and that has only rarely been able to do.
     

    Naomi PötterNaomi Pötter

    Germany

    Albert Ludwigs University Freiburg 

    Naomi Pötter originally comes from Cologne but now lives in Freiburg, Germany, where she studies medicine. In May 2018 she started her doctorate at the Department of Orthopedics and Trauma Surgery about the „Chondrocyte maturation under the influence of PRP and mechanical stimulation.“ She is honored to join the Musculosceletal Regeneration Group and to be given the opportunity to gain experience in scientific work. Naomi is looking forward to work with interdisciplinary scientists from all over the world and to learn professional basic research at the AO Research Institute Davos. Besides this, she developed a big love for the mountains over the past couple of years.
     

    Christina WappChristina Wapp

    Switzerland

    ETH Zürich 

    Christina is currently finishing her master's in Biomedical Engineering / Molecular Bioengineering at ETH in Zurich. She is honored to spend the next 6 months at the AO Research Institute Davos to write her thesis in the disc regeneration group, focusing on the cross talk between mesenchymal stem cells and disc cells. She is more than happy to be part of this international and interdisciplinary team and looking forward to getting a deeper insight into research in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. In her free time, she has a big interest in coffee and likes doing sports.

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