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Two promotions to full professor and a new PATT at SB

Profs. Bellwald, Waser and Wyss

Profs. Bellwald, Waser and Wyss

At its meeting of 10-11 July 2019, the ETH Board has announced the promotion of Kathryn Hess Bellwald and Jérôme Waser to full professors and named Dimitri Wyss as a new tenure-track assistant professor.

Professor Kathryn Hess Bellwald was named as Full Professor of Life Sciences and Mathematics in the School of Life Sciences (SV) and in the School of Basic Sciences (SB) from the 1st of August 2019.
Kathryn Hess Bellwald is internationally recognised for her research on the theory of homotopy, category theory and algebraic topology. Her work has attracted particular interest for the way she uses methods of algebraic topology to achieve a better understanding of neurological processes. Through the appointment of Kathryn Hess Bellwald, EPFL is obtaining the expertise of an outstanding scientist who will in particular drive the development of new applications in structured data analysis as part of the Blue Brain Project over the next few years.
Professor Jérôme Waser was named as Full Professor of Organic Chemistry from the 1st of August 2019.
Jérôme Waser’s research focuses on unconventional organic synthons (structural entities inside a molecule to which a possible synthesis stage can be attributed). He has achieved significant advances in this field, such as the development of new catalytic processes for the introduction of alkynyl groups. His scientific contributions have been awarded an ERC Starting Grant, among others. Jérôme Waser shows great potential in a multidisciplinary context and will continue to make an important contribution to EPFL’s standing in the area of organic synthesis.
Dr Dimitri Wyss was named as Tenure Track Assistant Professor of Mathematics from the 1st of September 2019.
Dimitri Wyss is an innovative and creative young mathematician. He works principally in the area of mathematical physics and algebraic geometry. In addition, he uses methods derived from arithmetic geometry, topology and mathematical logic. His elegant, alternative proof of the fundamental lemma of calculus of variations surprised the mathematical community and attracted worldwide attention. With the appointment of Dimitri Wyss, EPFL is boosting research in the field of mathematical physics and strengthening this subject area's important links with various other disciplines.