Prof. Renato Renner

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Professor at the Institute for Theoretical Physics, ETH Zurich

Current research:

Quantum Information Theory at ETH Zurich

Renato Renner is Professor for Theoretical Physics and head of the research group for Quantum Information Theory. 

Renner was born on December 11, 1974, in Lucerne. He studied physics, first at EPF Lausanne and later at ETH Zurich, where he graduated in theoretical physics. He then moved to the Computer Science Department to work on a thesis in the area of quantum cryptography. After getting his PhD degree, he spent two years in the UK, where he was a HP research fellow in the Department for Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics at the University of Cambridge. In 2007 he started as an Assistant Professor at ETH Zurich. He was promoted in 2012 to an Associate Professor and in 2015 to a Full Professor. His research interests are in the area of Quantum Information Science, Quantum Thermodynamics, and the Foundations of Quantum Physics. 


Prof. Philipp Treutlein

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Professor of Experimental Physics, Uni Basel

Current research:

Quantum Optics Lab at Uni Basel

Philipp Treutlein, born in Reutlingen in 1976, studied physics at the Universities of Konstanz and Stanford in 1996-2002. At Stanford, he worked in the laboratory of Steven Chu on laser cooling and atom interferometry. Back in Konstanz, he joined Markus Oberthaler's group for his diploma thesis, investigating Bose-Einstein condensates in optical lattices. From 2002-2010, Philipp worked in the laboratory of Theodor W. Hänsch at LMU Munich and the Max-Planck-Institute of Quantum Optics, first as a doctoral student in Jakob Reichel's team and later as leader of his own group. During this time, he performed experiments with ultracold atoms in chip-based microtraps ("atom chips"). He demonstrated a chip-based atomic clock and an atom interferometer, carried out first experiments on quantum metrology with entangled atoms, and explored interfaces of atoms and mechanical oscillators. In 2010, Philipp was appointed as a tenure-track assistant professor at the University of Basel, where he set up a group working on ultracold atoms, optomechanics, and hybrid quantum systems. In February 2015 he was promoted to associate professor and in 2018 to full professor.

Prof. Jelena Klinovaja

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Associate Professor of Theoretical Physics, Uni Basel

Current research:

Condensed Matter Theory and Quantum Computing at Uni Basel

Jelena Klinovaja received her Bachelor and Master degree in Applied Mathematics and Physics from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (State University), Department of General and Applied Physics, in 2007 and 2009, resp. Subsequently, she joined the group of Prof. Daniel Loss at the University of Basel, where she received her PhD in Theoretical Physics in 2012 with summa cum laude. In 2013, she was awarded a three-year Harvard Fellowship to perform independent research in the area of the theoretical quantum condensed matter physics. Klinovaja was appointed as a tenure track assistant professor at the Department of Physics at the University of Basel in 2014. In February 2019 she was promoted to associate professor. In her career, she was offered several prestigious fellowships and received research prizes such as the Swiss Physical Society Prize 2013 in Condensed Matter Physics, sponsored by IBM. In 2017, she has received the prestigious Starting Grant of the European Research Council (ERC).


Prof. Dominik M. Zumbühl

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Associate Professor of Experimental Physics, Uni Basel 

Current research:

Quantum Coherence Lab at Uni Basel

Dominik Zumbühl, born 1974 in Zürich, received a diploma in physics in 1998 from ETH Zürich. Subsequently, he worked on his doctorate at Stanford University and then, after relocating with the lab, at Harvard University with Prof. Charles Marcus,  obtaining his PhD in 2004 with title «Coherence and Spin in GaAs Quantum Dots». He then joined the group of Prof. Marc Kastner at MIT as a postdoctoral fellow. In April 2006, Dominik was appointed as a tenure track assistant professor at the Department of Physics at the University of Basel. In 2008, he has received one of the prestigious Starting Grants of the European Research Council (ERC) in the first ERC call, where only 3% of proposals were funded. In April 2012, Dominik was awarded tenure and was promoted to associate professor. Since 2015, Dominik is serving as Chair of the Department.

Dr. Jean-Daniel Bancal

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Maître Assistant, UniGe

Current research:

Quantum Correlations at Uni Geneva




Jean-Daniel Bancal studied theoretical physics at EPFL. He then moved to the University of Geneva to work on a thesis in the area of device-independent quantum physics. After getting his PhD degree, he pursued research further in Geneva, Singapore and Basel. During this time, he also contributed to a quantum technology company. He now works as a maître assistant at the University of Geneva in the group of Prof. N. Brunner. His research is driven by a fascination for the peculiarities of nature, particularly those described by quantum theory.


Dr. Marta De Luca

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Marta De Luca is senior scientist in the Department of Physics of the University of Basel.

Senior scientist, Uni Basel

Current research:

Nanophononics Lab at Uni Basel

Dr. José A. Flores-Livas

Postdoctoral Researcher, Uni Basel

Current research:

Computational physics at Uni Basel