Meet our team

Dr. Chris Awai
Managing Director

#MovementAnalysis #DistributedClinicalAssessments #DigitalMobilityOutcomes #PersonalizedRehabilitation

Chris Awai was awarded his PhD in health and exercise science in 2014 from the Universities of Nice and Sydney jointly. His interests center on the rehabilitation of gait and balance after insult to the central nervous system. His work encompasses development of locomotor assessment paradigms and the introduction of markers of gait quality into clinical practice. Since 2020, he leads the cereneo Foundation, an interdisciplinary research team with the mission to bridge the gap between research and clinical implementation in neurorehabilitation.

Dr. Sandra Giovanoli
Research Scientist

#Neuroscience #PersonalizedRehabilitation #Language&Cognition #Speech #Voice #Voice Monitoring

Sandra has finished her PhD at ETH of Zurich in Behavioural Neuroscience in 2015, where she investigated the effects of environmental factors on brain development. In 2017, she moved to cereneo foundation as founding member, where she covers the logopedic and neuropsychological areas of neurorehabilitation. Her work includes research and development of place-independent methods for assessment and monitoring of speech, language and cognitive functions in stroke.

Dr. Josef Schönhammer
Research Scientist

#CognitivePsychology #HumanFactors #CognitiveNeuroscience #HumanComputerInteraction #UserExperience

Josef completed a PhD in Cognitive Psychology in 2015, following a master’s degree in Human-Computer Interaction. He worked as human factors and user experience researcher in the automobile and consumer electronics industries, before he joined cefir in 2020. Here his research focuses on the development and application of rehabilitation technology for the upper extremities.

Dr. Catherine Maher (Graham)
Research Scientist

#PersonalizedNutrition #Nutritionist #TasteScience #Sensory #Taste #SensoryRehabilitation #ScentTraining

Cat completed a PhD in Personalised Nutrition in 2019, following completion of a master’s degree in Human Nutrition. She moved to cefir in 2022 to continue her research line in nutrition sensory science, combining the world of taste and scent perception with genetic variation and dietary intake. For Cat’s publication history click here.  

Dr. Mathias Bannwart
Research Rehabilitation Engineer (cereneo)

#Neuroreabilitation #VirtualReality #XRDeveloper #MovementScience

Mathias got his PhD in Health Science and Technology from ETH in 2021, following completion of a master’s degree in Neural Systems and Computation and an internship in the rehabilitation technology industry. In 2021 until 2022, he joined the cereneo Foundation as a research associate and developer for virtual and augmented reality applications. His research focused on the effect of visual cueing on gait impairments as well as activity and heart rate monitoring to better understand recovery after stroke. He now works full-time as a research rehabilitation engineer for the cereneo clinic providing patient-tailored therapy and assessments.

Dr. Mathilde Lestoille
Postdoc (ETHZ)

#PersonalizedRehabilitation #RealTimeFeedback #MotionAnalysis

Belen Valladares
PhD Candidate

#Upper Limb Rehab, #TherapyConcept, #MedicalDevices, #ImplementationScience, #KnowledgeTranslation

Tim Unger
PhD Candidate (ETHZ)

#IMU #Motioncapture #StrokeRehabilitation #MovementScience #Machinelearning #BiomedicalEngineering

Tim studied Mechanical Engineering at the KIT (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology) for his bachelor’s degree and completed his master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering at the TU Berlin in March 2022. Shortly after, Tim joined cefir and started his PhD in collaboration with ETH Zurich. In his PhD, Tim focuses on the evaluation of upper body neurorehabilitation with low-budget technologies.

Yesica Martinez
PhD Candidate (UZH)

#Neuropsychology #Stroke Rehabilitation #Reward #Music #fMRI

Johannes Pohl
PhD Candidate (UZH)

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Jiahui An
PhD Candidate (UZH)

#CognitiveNeuroscience #BCI #BehaviorNeuroimagingI #VirtualReality #Neurorehabilitation #Stroke

Jiahui started her PhD in Cefir in September 2022, her main research project is at the intersection of Brain-Computer-Interface and cognitive neuroscience. Jiahui is born and raised in China, since 2017 April she moved to Germany and studied Bioinformatics at the University of Tübingen. She gained her master degree in Neural Behavior Sciences at the International Max Planck Research School (Tübingen) in October 2021. During her stay in Tübingen, she also worked as a research assistant conducting several behavioral experiments using Eeytracker, EEG and facial expression analysis at Max Planck Institute for Intelligent System and Leibniz Institute for Knowledge media. She finished her master thesis at University Children’s Hospital Zurich, where she analyzed Diffusion tensor imaging and structural MRI scans for children with epilepsy.

André Böni
PhD Candidate (UZH)

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Students
Thomas Menard
Intern

#AndroidDevelopment #DataCollection #DataAnalysis #UI #UX

Cyrille Mvomo
Intern

#GaitAnalysis #PosturalControl #DataScience , #LowerExtremities #DigitalHealth

Luca Nastasi
MSc Student (ETHZ)

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Céline Magrini
MSc Student (ETHZ)

#BiomedicalEngineering #GaitAnalysis #FeedbackDesign #StimuLOOP

Khadja Mauricia
Intern

#BiomedicalEngineering #Bumep'em #Exoskeletons #Prosthetics

Simon Zamora
Intern

#BiomedicalEngineer #NeuroEngineering #StimuLOOP #TMR #GaitAnalysis

Saskia Neumann
MSc Student

##PhysicalTherapist #BalancePerturbationTraining #GaitAnalysis #Neurorehabilitation

Simone Merkinger
MSc Student

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Lisa Zendner
MSc Student

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Former Members
Kenza Marie-Noël
Intern

#RTT #Bump'em

David Aschwanden
Intern

#DHEST #MedTech

Dominic Bösch
Intern

#Occupational Therapy #Psychology

Dr. Daniela Hofmann
Postdoc (USZ)

#Stimuloop #Clinical Studies #Study Managment #Ethics #Diseases #Biophysics