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


  • Ana Akrap (UniFR) is Professor and head of the Light Fermion Spectroscopy group and since May 2020 a new Agility Plus group leader in the Design and Discovery project 6 - Topological Materials — her project is described here.

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

  • Emiliana Fabbri (PSI) is a senior researcher in the Electrocatalysis and Interfaces group and since May 2020 a new Agility Plus group leader in the Design and Discovery project 4 - Nanoporous Materials — her project is described here.

  • Marta Gibert (UZH) is SNSF Professor in the field of experimental condensed matter at the Physics Institute of UZH and since May 2020 a new Agility Plus group leader in the Design and Discovery project 5  - Correlated Oxides — her project is described here.

  • 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.

  • Sereina Riniker (ETHZ) is Assistant Professor of Computational Chemistry at the Department of Chemistry and Applied Biosciences  at ETHZ and since May 2020 a new Agility Plus group leader in the Design and Discovery project 1 - Organic Crystals — her project is described here.

  • 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 until February 2019.


Postdocs and scientists


  • Daiane Damasceno Borges (EPFL) was a postdoc in the group of Berend Smit, project leader of Design & Discovery Project 4 - Nanoporous Materials.

  • 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


INSPIRE Potentials

The INSPIRE Potentials Master's Fellowships were introduced in 2016 to broaden the opportunities for women in science. Up to now, 26 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