Get to know the new ZNZ Group Leaders

Curious to see who the new ZNZ members are? Read on to learn about their research interests.

New Junior Members:

Dr. Ruiqing Ni
Institute for Biomedical Engineering, ETH and University of Zurich

My research goal is to understand the mechanisms underlying Alzheimer’s disease, with a focus on detecting aberrant brain network activity, Aβ, tau and neurodegeneration by using multiscale high-resolution neuroimaging techniques (MRI, Optoacoustic tomography, PET). More



Dr. Aiman S. Saab
Institute of Pharmacology and Toxicology, University of Zurich

Myelinating oligodendrocytes and astrocytes are suggested to play an important role in maintaining neuronal functions and long-term integrity. Our research focuses on understanding the molecular mechanisms governing neuron-glial interactions and metabolic cooperation. We combine molecular genetics, electrophysiology, in vivo and ex vivo two-photon imaging, histology, electron microscopy and behavioural studies in various transgenic and knockout mouse models. More


New Members:

PD Dr. Marc Bolliger
Spinal Cord Injury Center, Balgrist University Hospital

Regaining locomotor function after spinal cord injury (SCI) is one of the priorities for the affected persons. The focus of our group lies on the development of new technologies to enhance the therapy outcome after SCI. In addition, we establish detailed motion capture analysis in our patients to better understand mechanism of improvements. Our interdisciplinary team consists of movement scientists, biologists, engineers and therapists. More


PD Dr. phil. Lars Michels
Department of Neuroradiology,
University Hospital Zurich

Lars Michels is the Head of Basic Research in the Dept. of Neuroradiology. He uses various techniques (fMRI, EEG, EEG-fMRI, ASL, MR spectroscopy, DTI, tDCS) to examine neurophysiological changes during aging, migraine, mild cognitive impairment, stroke, epilepsy, and psychosis. He is currently investigating attention and visual brain processing through neurofeedback intervention and neurostimulation for reducing migraine.  More


Prof. Carlos Alós-Ferrer
Department of Economics, University of Zurich

Carlos Alós-Ferrer’s research foci are neuroeconomics, decision theory, game theory, evolution and learning in games and markets. Neuroeconomics studies the underlying neural processes of decision-making within today’s economic environment. Essential to the further progress of this field is the construction of empirically informed, testable models that connect the level of neural and mental processes underlying decision-making with the descriptive models of choice characterizing modern economics. More