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Prof. Dr. Michael HENGARTNER President, University of Zurich


 Michael Hengartner is the 83rd president of the University of Zurich (UZH) and since January 2016 president of swissuniversities, the Rectors' Conference of Swiss Higher Education Institutions. The Swiss-Canadian citizen, born in St. Gallen, Switzerland, grew up in Québec City, Canada, and studied biochemistry at the Université Laval. After his PhD studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with Nobel laureate H. Robert Horvitz, he led for seven years a research group at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in the USA. In 2001, he became the first occupant of the Ernst Hadorn Endowed Chair for molecular biology at the Institute of Molecular Life Sciences at UZH. From 2009 to 2014, he was dean of the Faculty of Science. Michael holds an Executive MBA from IMD, Lausanne and is the recipient of several awards for his research on the molecular basis of apoptosis, among them the Swiss National Latsis Prize, Josef Steiner Cancer Research Award, and an honorary doctorate from Sorbonne Université. In 2010, Michael received the Credit Suisse Award for Best Teaching at UZH. Michael founded and/or sat on the board of a number of start-ups, including the biotech company Devgen (co-founded 1997) and the scientific consultancy company Evaluescience (co-founded 2008).


Member of the foundation board, World Minds, since 2010
Vice-president, Swiss Study Foundation, since 2013
Member of the steering board, digitalswitzerland, since 2017
Member of the foundation board, IMD, Lausanne, since 2018


164 Publications: 98 peer-reviewed research papers, 66 reviews and book chapters
ORCID ID: 0000-0002-7584-596X; Scopus Author ID: 7006384526; Google Scholar ID: IhFBR0MAAAAJ


Swiss National Latsis Prize, 2006
Elected Member of the Deutsche Akademie der Naturforscher Leopoldina, 2009
Credit Suisse Award for Best Teaching at the Unviersity of Zurich, 2010
Doctor honoris causa, Sorbonne Université, Paris France, 2016