Women of MARVEL

Focusing on women's accomplishments and raising awareness against all forms of bias is one way to pave the way to a more gender-balanced world, also here at NCCR MARVEL. Over the past weeks, we have been speaking with the women of MARVEL about their triumphs as well as the challenges they face in pursuing their careers. These interviews are just one way we're working to make sure everybody's voice is heard. 

The list is not exhaustive and more interviews will be added in the weeks to come.

Group Leaders


  • Clémence Corminboeuf (EPFL) is Professor and head of the Laboratory for Computational Molecular Design and a member of MARVEL's Executive Committee.


  • Marisa Medarde (PSI) is head of the Physical Properties of  Materials group at PSI and group leader in the Design and Discovery project 5 - Correlated Oxides at MARVEL.


  • Nicola Spaldin (ETHZ) is Professor and head of the Materials Theory Laboratory at ETHZ and project leader in MARVEL Design and Discovery project 5 - Correlated Oxides.

  • Claire Villevieille was group leader in MARVEL Incubator Project 1 - Solid-State Ionics.


Postdocs and scientists


  • Migle Grauzinyte (University of Basel) is a postdoc in the group of Stefan Goedecker,  group leader in Design & Discovery Project 1.
  • Snehal Kumbhar (EPFL) is a systems specialist for MARVEL's Open Science platform, which is lead by Giovanni Pizzi in THEOS.
  • Giuliana Materzanini (EPFL) is a postdoc in the group of Nicola Marzari, director of NCCR MARVEL.

  • Tiziana Musso (University of Zurich) is a postdoc in the group of Jürg Hutter, group leader in Design & Discovery Project 4 - Nanoporous Materials.

  • Elsa Passaro (EPFL) is a postdoc in the group of Berend Smit, project leader of Design & Discovery Project 4 - Nanoporous Materials.

  • Chiara Ricca (University of Bern) is a postdoc in the group of Ulrich Aschauer, group leader in Design & Discovery Project 5 - Correlated Oxides.

  • Olga Syzgantseva (EPFL) is a postdoc in the group of Berend Smit, project leader of Design & Discovery Project 4 - Nanoporous Materials.


PhD students


(please see below for interviews of PhD students who started out as INSPIRE Potentials fellows)  

  • Sophie Beck (ETHZ) is in the group of Claude Ederer, group leader in Design & Discovery Project 5 - Correlated Oxides.

  • Fatmah Ebrahim (EPFL) is in the group of Berend Smit, project leader of Design & Discovery Project 4 - Nanoporous Materials.

  • Sonali Parbhoo (University of Basel) is in the group of Volker Roth, computational group leader in Incubator Project 2 - Machine Learning.

  • Rebecca Scatena (University of Bern) is in the group of Piero Macchi, experimental group leader in Design and Discovery Project 4 - Nanoporous Materials.


INSPIRE Potentials

The INSPIRE Fellowships were introduced in 2016 to broaden the opportunities for women in science. Up to now, 21 students have been granted six-month fellowships for a Master's project in different MARVEL groups. A list of these fellows and their stories can be found here.


Management Team