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Dentistry, Computer Science, Political Science: New Professors at the University of Basel

Two new professors have been elected at the University of Basel: Prof. Dr. Michael Bornstein becomes Professor of Oral Health and Medicine, Prof. Dr. Ivan Dokmanić Professor of Data Analytics and Prof. Dr. Denise Traber Assistant Professor of Political Science. Furthermore, the University Council took note of the mission statement developed by Regenz.

The University Council of Basel has appointed Prof. Dr. med. dent. to the clinical professorship for Oral Health and Medicine at the Faculty of Medicine with employment at the University Centre for Dentistry Basel (UZB). Michael Bornstein. The dentist trained in Basel has been Professor in Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology at the University of Hong Kong since 2016 and Associate Dean for Research and Innovation at the Faculty of Dentistry since the end of 2018; he will take up his professorship on 1 January 2020.

Bornstein, born 1973 in Basel, received his doctorate in 2001 after studying dentistry in Basel and continuing education in oral surgery and stomatology. From 2002 he worked as a senior assistant at the Clinic for Oral Surgery and Stomatology and from 2005 as a lecturer for Stomatology at the University of Bern. After obtaining the title of specialist dentist in 2003, a research stay in San Antonio, Texas (USA) in 2004, his habilitation in Bern in 2009 and a visiting professorship in Leuven (Belgium), he became associate professor at the University of Bern in 2014. His research interests focus on oral diagnostics through innovative methods, oral medicine and pathology, and the promotion of oral health, especially in elderly patients.

Machine Learning

Prof. Dr. Ivan Dokmanić, assistant professor at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of lllinois in Urbana-Champaign (USA) since 2016, was elected as the new professor for Data Analytics at the Faculty of Philosophy and Natural Sciences. He will take up his position at the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at the University of Basel on 15 October 2019.

Dokmanić, born 1984 in Bjelovar (Croatia), studied Electrical Engineering in Zagreb and obtained his doctorate in Computer Science and Communication Sciences at the EPFL Lausanne 2015 and worked here as a postdoctoral fellow and later at the Institut Langevin and the École normale supérieure in Paris. In his research Dokmanić pursues a combination of machine learning and signal processing with applications in computational acoustics, computational imaging and the general use of audiovisual data. His ongoing projects investigate the use of echoes in auditory scene analysis and the role of distance geometry and non-convex optimization in molecular imaging.

Political Representation

Prof. Dr. Denise Traber was elected Assistant Professor (with tenure track) for Political Science with a focus on Political Sociology at the Faculty of Philosophy and History on 1 January 2020. She is currently a Senior Research Fellow (SNF Ambizione) at the University of Lucerne.

Born in 1979 in St. Gallen, she studied political science, ethnology and history at the University of Zurich and received her doctorate in political science from the University of Geneva in 2013. She then worked as a senior assistant and lecturer at the Institute of Political Science at the University of Zurich, and as a visiting scholar at the London School of Economics and Political Science and the University of Amsterdam. Her research interests include party competition, political behaviour and political representation in the context of social and economic change. In 2017 she received the SNSF Ambizione Research Grant for a project on the polarization of political attitudes in Europe.

New mission statement for the university

In April 2019, the university management presented the strategy 2022-2030 and submitted it for consultation. In yesterday’s session, the University Council discussed the paper after incorporating suggestions from the consultation process. The University Council concludes that Strategy 2022-2030 has become more meaningful through the consultation process. It will adopt it definitively, together with a communication concept, in the session of 19 September.

The University Council also took note of the mission statement drawn up by Regenz. Mission” defines the University of Basel as a “high-profile comprehensive university with strong faculties” offering both humanities and social sciences as well as natural sciences, with a focus on life sciences and medicine. The University of Basel wants to work “intensively with other excellent universities and research institutions as well as numerous institutions from society, business and culture”.

“Our goal is to continue to be among the best research universities in the world and to make important contributions to research and social development through scientific findings and innovations,” reads the “Vision” section. “As a high-profile full-service university, we draw our innovative strength from the combination of the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences and from a close exchange with our public and scientific environment.

Two promotions

Furthermore, the University Council has promoted Prof. Dr. Nicole Probst-Hensch, Associate Professor since 2009, to Full Professor at the Medical Faculty; she has been Head of the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH) since 2016. Prof. Dr. Konrad Tiefenbacher, previously Assistant Professor (with tenure track) for Synthesis of Functional Modules at the Department of Chemistry of the Faculty of Philosophy and Natural Sciences, will also be promoted.

Further information

Christoph Dieffenbacher, University of Basel, Communication, Tel. +41 61 207 30 15, E-Mail: [email protected]


Photos of the newly elected can be found in the media database.

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