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Alumninews Issue 11

We are pleased to introduce you in issue 11, once again to two Biozentrum alumni: Björn Grünenfelder, Senior Global Program Manager at Novartis, reveals the secrets of the “Nirvana” block course buddies, and Anna Mandinova, Assistant Professor of Dermatology at Harvard Medical School, that she not only appreciates Boston for being the best place for translational medicine but also for its American football team “Boston Patriots”. In this issue, you will also find out more about Alex Schier, the new Director of the Biozentrum who has bonds to the Biozentrum that go back to the early 80s and about Emeritus Heinrich Reichert’s new busy life as a PhD mentor in India, lecturer in Cambodia and marine biology teacher in France. 

Alumni portraits

From block course to cooking class

Interview with Björn Grünenfelder, Senior Global Program Manager at Novartis

In the block course they were simply known as the Nirvanas. Twenty years on, in a cooking class, their hair was shorter, yet each slipped back into his old role. More 

Well prepared for life

Interview with Anna Mandinova, Assistant Professor of Dermatology at Harvard Medical School

For almost 15 years, Anna Mandinova has been working in Boston. She is not only inspired by the great opportunities for translational medicine, but also by the American football team “Boston Patriots”. More

New Director

Back to the future

Interview with Alex Schier, new Director of the Biozentrum

It was somehow meant to be. After 25 years, Alex Schier returns from Harvard to the Biozentrum, where he was once a student. The US has made him more creative and adventurous but Basel has changed, too – becoming more cosmopolitan and open minded. More

Emeriti

Retired but not at all tired

Heinrich Reichert has been retired for four years but this does not deter him from working. He lives the most of half a year in India supervising PhD students, holds lectures in Cambodia and teaches marine biology courses in France. More