ARI Principal Scientist Sibylle Grad is inspiring a new generation of researchers as adjunct professor at ETH Zurich

AO Research Institute Davos (ARI) Principal Scientist Sibylle Grad, PhD, has been appointed adjunct professor (Privatdozent) in biomedical engineering at the Health Sciences and Technologies Department at her alma mater, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH Zurich). Grad, who works in ARI’s Musculoskeletal Regeneration Program, joined ARI in 2000 upon completion of her first postdoctoral training and has been a spring semester lecturer for the Skeletal Repair course at ETH Zurich since 2015.

“What I really enjoy is motivating these students—primarily master’s degree students—and engaging them about the importance of our work,” says Grad, whose appointment was effective February 1, 2019. “What are the clinical problems we need to solve? What are options and opportunities? What will the future treatments be? I hope to open students’ minds and encourage critical thinking, and the students seem to respond to that.”

As part of the course, each semester’s Skeletal Repair students are engaged in both classroom lectures and a two-day practical course at ARI, where they benefit from osteosynthesis training and gain insights into ARI’s lab work.

Grad, who earned her pharmacy degree and her PhD in natural sciences from the Department of Cell Biology at ETH Zurich, is excited to play a role in inspiring a new generation of scientists.

“Teaching is an opportunity to engage the next generation of researchers in emerging areas of medical technology,” Grad explains. “If you had told me many years ago, when I was a student at ETH Zurich, that I would one day be teaching in the same classroom where I once sat as a student, I would never have believed it. ETH Zurich has a special place in my heart.

To mark her appointment, Grad will deliver a public, English-language introductory lecture, Intervertebral Disc Regeneration: Possibilities and Prospects, from 5:45–6:45 p.m., May 23, in room D 3.2, building HG, at Zürich Zentrum on the ETH Zurich campus.​