Dr. Tanja Egener-Kuhn studied Biology in Marburg (Germany) and Oxford (UK) with a PhD in Molecular Biology from the Max-Planck-Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology in 1998. The topic of her thesis was to unravel the symbiotic nitrogen fixation of a novel bacterial species and rice. She continued her postdoctoral research in plant biotechnology in a joint-initiative between the Albert-Ludwigs-University of Freiburg and the German chemistry leader BASF. Expanding her expertise to the human biotechnology, she joined the Laboratoire de Biotechnologie Moléculaire (LBTM) of the University of Lausanne in 2003 before leaving the lab bench and orienting toward academic administration. From 2008 to 2010 she coordinated the National Competence Center for Biomedical Imaging (NCCBI), a doctoral program for joint imaging projects between ETHZ and EPFL. Dr. Tanja Egener-Kuhn joined the CIBM as administrative manager in 2010.