Katharina Maniura

Research interests

After completing my graduate chemistry studies at the Philipps-University in Marburg, Germany, I received my PhD at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, where I carried out research on cause and mechanisms of mitochondrial diseases employing in vitro cell models. This was followed by postdoctoral studies in Physiology departments of the Universities of Heidelberg and Cologne on mitochondrial biogenesis and mitochondrial disease.

With my move to Empa in 2002 my scientific and research interests focussed on biomaterials, biointerfaces, surface modification, cell scaffold materials and most importantly, the characterization of the biological response to materials. For this predictive in vitro models for mammalian cell response and models for bacterial response are being developed.

In 2016 I will co-chair the Biointerfaces International 2016, Zurich - a conference on science, technology and translation.



  • Lecturer of the master course “Principles in Tissue Engineering” (each spring semester) D-HEST, ETH Zürich: Zürich, CH.
  • Lecturer of the bachelor/master course “Biocompatible Materials” (each autumn semester) D-HEST, ETH Zürich: Zürich, CH.

Memberships in national and international organizations

  • President Swiss Society for Biomaterials and Regenerative Medicine, SSB+RM
  • Member TERMIS
  • Member of the European Society for Biomaterials, ESB
  • Member of Dechema