28.01.2022 – As part of the doctoral training, the Graduate School for Cellular and Biomedical Sciences (GCB) organizes an annual symposium for all PhD candidates and their thesis committees. Each year one or more PhD students who recently defended their thesis are selected for the GCB student award based on their excellent research, an impressive publication record and high scores for thesis and defense. This year, GCB’s PhD committee has elected Dr. Kathrin Züricher and two other candidates for the GCB award. This is not her first prize: in 2019 she received the swissTB Award together with Marie Ballif.
The PhD thesis of Kathrin Zürcher covers research studies on tuberculosis that are based on extensive field work and specific data collection within a global research network of HIV cohorts (IeDEA, www.iedea.org). Kathrin studied different aspects of the epidemiology of tuberculosis, especially drug-resistant tuberculosis in HIV-positive and HIV-negative people seeking care in low-and middle-income countries. She examined tuberculosis transmission, the management of tuberculosis from diagnosis to treatment and clinical outcomes, and the evolution of drug-resistant tuberculosis and the clinical consequences. At present Kathrin Zürcher works as a postdoc at ISPM, preparing a Post-Doc Mobility fellowship application to the Swiss National Science Foundation.