Plenary speakers

Jasna Brujic 

Jasna Brujic is a Professor of Physics at New York University. She is one of the core faculty in the Center for Soft Matter Research. Brujic is an experimental physicist, who received her Ph.D. for work on the statistical mechanics of granular matter at the Cavendish Laboratory of the University of Cambridge, UK.   She then conducted post-doctoral research at Columbia University in the area of single molecule dynamics. Since 2007, Brujic has led a research group at the interface between soft matter physics and biophysics. The group uses biomimetic emulsion systems to study jammed matter, cellular organization in tissues in 3D, protein-protein adhesion, and programmable self-assembly of materials with custom designs.

Dganit Danino

Danino earned her B.Sc., M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology. In 2002, after 2 years of postdoctoral research in cell biology at NIH, she joined the Faculty of Biotechnology and Food Engineering. She is a full Professor from 2015, heading the CryoEM Laboratory of Soft Matter. Prof. Danino was the president of the Israel Society for Microscopy (ISM) between 2009-2013 and a visiting scholar at Harvard University and MIT in 2012-2013. Currently she is the Technion Vice Dean of Undergraduate Studies, an editor in Colloids and Surfaces B: Biointerfaces and a Section Editor in Current Opinion in Colloids and Interface Science. She co-authored >120 research articles, review papers and book chapters. Professor’s Danino current research is focused on self-assembly of soft materials, drug-delivery, and the development, application and education of cryo-electron microscopy (CryoEM) methodologies.

Raffaele Mezzenga

Mezzenga obtained a PhD in the field of Polymer Physics (2001, with honors), from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne (EPFL), focusing on the thermodynamics of thermoset-hyperbranched polymer reactive blends. He then spent 2001-2002 as a postdoctoral scientist at University of California, Santa Barbara, working on the self-assembly of polymer colloids for the design of new semiconductive organic materials. In 2003 he joined as research scientist the Nestlé Research Center (NRC), in Lausanne, working on the self-assembly of surfactants, natural amphiphiles and lyotropic liquid crystals. In 2005 he was hired as Associate Professor in the Physics Department of the University of Fribourg where he has been a board and founding member of the Fribourg Center for Nanomaterials (Frimat).
He was appointed Full Professor at ETH Zurich on the fall 2009 to start a new group on Food and Soft Materials Science. Since 2010 he is also an Affiliated Professor of the Materials Department. His research focuses on the fundamental understanding of self-assembly processes in liquid crystalline polymers, supramolecular polymers, lyotropic liquid crystals, biological and food colloidal systems.
Prof. Mezzenga has been a visiting Professor from Helsinki University of Technology and a Nestlé Distinguished Scientist. He is a board member of the Polymer and Colloid Division of the Swiss Chemical Society, winner of the 2004 Swiss National Science Foundation Professorship, recipient of the 2011 Young Scientist Research Award, the 2011 John H. Dillon Medal (American Physical Society) and the 2013 Biomacromolecules/Macromolecules Young investigator Award (American Chemical Society). Prof. Mezzenga is an Associated Editor of Polymer International (Wiley).