Pia Abel zur Wiesch

Dr. Abel zur Wiesch grew up in Freiburg, Germany where she attended latin school majoring in mathematics and chemistry. She went on to study biochemistry and molecular biology at the University of Kiel, Germany, Griffith University, Australia and University Basel, Switzerland. After passing her MSc with distinction, she worked at Roche Diagnostics and was an intern at WHO before beginning her PhD in Theoretical Biology at ETH Zurich, Switzerland with Sebastian Bonhoeffer. Dr. Abel zur Wiesch received the ETH Medal for outstanding PhD thesis (upper 8% of PhD students at ETH). During her work as a Research Fellow with Ted Cohen at Harvard Medical School and Yale School of Public Health, she held several career development grants from the German Academic Exchange Service and the Swiss National Science Foundation. In 2015, Dr. Abel zur Wiesch became a Young Associate Investigator at the Norwegian Center for Molecular Medicine (Nordic EMBL Network) and joined the Department of Pharmacy at UiT as a tenure track Associate Professor. At the same time, she holds a visiting professorship at the Department for Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases at Yale School of Public Health, where she spends 20% of her time.




2007 - 2011

PhD in Theoretical Biology
Date and year of approved disputation: 05/20/2011
Institute for Integrative Biology, ETH Zurich, Switzerland

Population Biology



2005 - 2006

Master of Science in Biochemistry/Oncology

Biozentrum, University Basel, Switzerland