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Michael Hengartner

Michael Hengartner
Prof. Dr.

Michael Hengartner

President ETH-Rat
Michael Hengartner is president of the ETH Board since February 2020. Before that, he served as Rector of the University of Zurich (UZH) from 2014 to January 2020. From 2016 until January 2020, he also served as President of swissuniversities. Michael has dual Swiss and Canadian citizenship. Born in St. Gallen, he grew up in Quebec City where he studied biochemistry at the Université Laval. In 1994 he was awarded his doctorate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the laboratory of Nobel Laureate H. Robert Horvitz. After that, he headed a research group at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in the USA. In 2001, he was appointed to the newly established Ernst Hadorn Endowed Professorship at the Institute of Molecular Biology at the UZH. From 2009 to 2014, he was Dean of the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences of the UZH. Michael completed an Executive MBA at IMD Lausanne and has been honoured with numerous awards for his ground-breaking research on the molecular basis of apoptosis, including the Swiss National Latsis Prize in 2006. In 2010, he received the Credit Suisse Award for Best Teaching from the University of Zurich. Michael was awarded an honorary doctorate from the Sorbonne University in 2016 in recognition of his research in molecular biology and his services to society.

Prof. Dr. Michael Hengartner