Prof. Dr. Gilles Gasser
SNSF Assistant Professor
Department of Chemistry
University of Zurich
Winterthurerstrasse 190
CH-8057 Zurich
Tel.: +41 44 635 46 30
Fax: +41 44 635 68 02
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Gilles was born in the French-speaking part of Switzerland in 1976. After completing his MSc. in Chemistry at the University of Neuchâtel in 2000, he crossed the “Swiss-German border” to work for one year, as a research chemist, at the multinational agro-pharmaceutical company Lonza Ltd (Visp, Switzerland) in the Research and Development Division. There, he developed more economical syntheses of drugs for industry.

Thereafter, Gilles decided to move back to Neuchâtel to undertake a PhD thesis in supramolecular/coordination chemistry with Prof. Helen Stoeckli-Evans (2001-2004). In collaboration with Dr. Jim Tucker from the University of Exeter (now at the University of Birmingham), he developed new ferrocenyl ligands capable of recognising the presence of biological molecules (amino acids, urea and barbiturate derivatives) and metallic cations by electrochemistry.

From 2004-2007, endowed with a Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) grant for prospective researchers, Gilles “crossed the oceans” to carry out a post-doc on bioinorganic chemistry with Prof. Leone Spiccia (Monash University, Melbourne, Australia). In collaboration with Prof. Alan M. Bond, he prepared metal complexes which can specifically sense the presence of DNA bases using electrochemistry. It is also in Australia that Gilles worked for the first time with the fascinating DNA analogue Peptide Nucleic Acid (PNA) and their metal derivatives. Since then, they have been his “every-day” research compounds.

In 2007, Gilles was awarded an Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship that he took at the Ruhr-University Bochum (Germany) in the group of Prof. Nils Metzler-Nolte (2007-2009). There, he notably worked on the preparation and bioevaluation of new metal-containing PNA bioconjugates for pharmaceutical and biosensing purposes.

At the beginning of 2010, Gilles was given the opportunity to come back to Switzerland to start his independent research at the Institute of Inorganic Chemistry (now Department of Chemistry) of the University in Zurich as a SNSF Ambizione fellow.

Since March 2011, Gilles is an assistant professor at the same institution endowed with a SNSF professorship. His current research interests cover various fields of inorganic chemical  biology and medicinal inorganic chemistry, thereby focusing in using metal complexes to modulate the properties of biomolecules.

Gilles likes traveling, hiking and playing/watching sports - a high percentage of his free-time is spent training for long-distance runs. As a good chemist, he also likes cooking and producing his own beer!

2016 Thieme Chemistry Journals Award.
2015 ERC Consolidator Grant.
2015 Werner Prize from the Swiss Chemical Society.
2014 Extension of a Swiss National Science Foundation Professorship (CHF 690’978.-).
2013 2013 J. Med. Chem award for the highly cited Perspective of 2011.
2011 Swiss National Science Foundation Professorship (CHF 1'517'692.-).
2010 Rubitec Award rewarding one of the three best patent applications submitted in 2009 within the Ruhr-University Bochum.
2009 Swiss National Science Foundation Ambizione Research Fellowship (CHF 448'341.-).
2007 Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship.
2004 Swiss National Science Foundation Fellowship for Prospective Researchers.
2004 Syngenta Award for the best PhD Thesis in Chemistry in 2004.
2000 Jean Landry Award of University of Neuchâtel for Excellence in the MSc. in chemistry.
2000 Jürg Engi Award of University of Neuchâtel for the Chemistry Student with the best average in organic chemistry.
Research Grants
2015-2016 Extension of the UBS Promedica Stiftung Research Grant for the Project “Metallocenyl Antifungal Agents” (CHF 110'000.‑).
2014-2015 UBS Promedica Stiftung Research Grant for the Project “Metallocenyl Antifungal Agents” (CHF 110'000.‑).
2013 Alfred Werner Research Equipment Grant (CHF 32’400.-).


Stiftung für wissenschaftliche Forschung Research Grant for the Project “Towards the Development of Metal-Based Antiparasitic Drug Candidates for the Livestock Industry” (CHF 23’081.-).


Swiss National Science Foundation Research Grant for the Project “Photo-Induced Uncaging of Metal Complexes in Living Cells” (CHF 66’720.-).
2014-2015 Novartis Jubiliee Foundation Research Grant for the Project “Towards Metallocene-Based Antifungal Agents” (CHF 50’000.-).
2011 Alfred Werner Research Equipment Grant (CHF 16’690.-).
2011 Alfred Werner Research Equipment Grant (CHF 14’464.-).
2010 Alfred Werner Research Equipment Grant (CHF 24’638.-).


Swiss National Science Foundation Research Grant for the Project “Photo-Induced Uncaging of Metal Complexes in Living Cells” (CHF 197’244.-).
Scientific Services and Organisation
2016 Scientific Committee Organiser of the International Symposium on Bioorganometallic Chemistry (ISBOMC) to be held in Moscow (Russia).
2015 Editorial board member of ChemBioChem (Wiley Publisher).
2015 Vice-President of the European Platform for Photodynamic Medicine (EPPM).
2014 Editorial board member of Photodiagnosis and Photodynamic Therapy (Elsevier publisher).
2014 Co-organiser of the Young Faculty Meeting to be held in Berne in June 2014.
2014 Local organiser of the European Conference on Bioinorganic Chemistry to be held in Zurich in August 2014.
2013 Review editor for Frontiers in Inorganic Chemistry (Nature publisher).
2013 Member of the Commission for Sustainability of the Faculty of Science of the University of Zurich.
2009 Active reviewer for numerous peer-reviewed journals such as as Nature Chem., Nature Commun., Nature Protocols, J. Am. Chem. Soc., Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., ACS Nano, Chem. Sci., etc.
2009 External expert for the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF), Swiss Academy of Engineering Sciences, the German Research Foundation (DFG), the UK Medical Research Council, the French National Research Agency (ANR), the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), the Genesis Oncology Trust New Zealand, the Innovation and Technology Commission (ITC) of Hong Kong, the South African National Research Funding Agency , the Polish National Science Centre, the Croatian Science Foundation, Sino-Swiss Science & Technology Cooperation, etc.


Mise à jour le Vendredi, 12 Février 2016 11:42