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Prof. Dr Jason p. holland
Principal investigator

Jason is from Yorkshire in the United Kingdom and received a master’s degree in Chemistry from the University of York (MChem, 2004) followed by a doctorate from the University of Oxford (D.Phil, 2008). He trained as post-doctoral scholar with Jason S. Lewis in radiochemistry and translational molecular imaging at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York (2008 – 2010). He was then awarded an ETH Fellowship and worked at ETH Zürich and the Paul Scherrer Institute (2010 – 2012). Following this he was appointed as Assistant in Chemistry in the Division of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, with a joint faculty appointment as an Instructor in Radiology at Harvard Medical School (2012 – 2014). In 2015, he worked in the Department of Nuclear Medicine at the University Hospital Freiburg as a Visiting Scientist. In April 2016, Jason began his research group as an SNSF Professor in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Zurich, funded by the European Research Council, the Swiss National Science Foundation and the University of Zurich. Research activities focus on advancing radiochemical methods with various radionuclides (18F, 64Cu, 68Ga, 90Y, 89Zr, 111In, 177Lu etc), and developing molecular imaging agents that target oncogenic signalling pathways in cancer. 

Outside the lab, Jason enjoys spending time with family, walking in the Alps, drinking wine and cooking spicy curries.

Dr Patrick A. Cieslik
Post-doc Chemistry (oct 2022 - present)


Patrick is from Offenburg, Germany and obtained a master’s degree in Chemistry from Heidelberg University (M.Sc. 2017), where he was working with Prof. Peter Comba on manganese(II) selective chelate systems. Following this, he started his doctoral studies in the same group, completing his PhD in Bispidine-chelate Chemistry for Therapy & Diagnosis. After defending his PhD thesis in March 2021, he continued working as a postdoctoral researcher at Heidelberg University before joining the Holland group in October 2022. During this time, he was awarded a mobility fellowship and joined Dr. Olivier Maury’s group for a short-term mission, developing lanthanide-based NIR-luminescent probes for cell-microscopy. 

His current research focuses on the design & synthesis, bioconjugation and radiolabelling of bifunctional chelators for the development of new theranostic radiotracers.

Outside the lab, Patrick enjoys the gym, biking, climbing and snowboarding.

Dr Cesare Berton
Post-doc Chemistry (Feb 2023 - present)


Cesare is from Bassano del Grappa, Italy. He obtained his bachelor's and master's degrees in the University of Padova under the supervision of Prof. Cristiano Zonta working on molecular recognition events, organic synthesis and spectroscopy. The following step in his pathway was the Ph.D. in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering obtained at EPFL under the joint supervision of Prof. Kay Severin from the Laboratoire de Chimie Supramoléculaire and Dr. Cristian Pezzato. During the doctoral times, he investigated the synthesis and the aqueous photochemistry of merocyanine photoacids, with particular emphasis on synthesis and spectroscopy of these photoreactive chromophores.

From February 2023, he joined the Holland group for working on supramolecular assemblies and photochemistry for radiolabelling.

Outside of the lab, Cesare likes open-air activities like hiking, skiing and teamsports in general.

PhD Students
Simon Klingler  
Phd student (apr 2021 - present)

Simon is form Langenthal, near Bern and completed his bachelor`s and master's degree in chemistry at the University of Zurich.

His project focuses on developing new methods for radiolabelling proteins and peptides. 

Outside the lab, Simon can often be encountered riding his gravel-bike. He is passionate about music and visits many concerts.

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Jonas Genz
Phd student (Feb 2022 - present)

Jonas is from Potsdam, Germany and completed his undergraduate studies at the Freie Universität Berlin. During his Master Thesis with Pr. Ulrich Abram, he synthesized novel highly reduced Technetium-99g and Rhenium complexes in the oxidation state "-I" and mixed nitrosyl-carbonyl complexes. 


His research focuses on the synthesis and preclinical evaluation of Technetium-99m and Rhenium-188 radiopharmaceuticals for diagnostics and therapy respectively.


Outside the lab, Jonas loves to ride his road bike, fight for animal rights, go hiking, skiing and going to the gym.

Fan Liu
Phd student (oct 2022 - present)

Fan is from Hunan in the mountainous southern China. She completed her Masters at Zhejiang University in 2022 where she worked on B–H activation and functionalization of carborane.


Her project focuses on the application of selectively functionalized carborane in radiochemistry.


Outside the lab, Fan likes photography, travelling and music.

Stanislav Prytuliak
Phd student (Aug 2022 - present)

Stan is from Vinnytsia, Ukraine and completed his Bachelor’s degree at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. He obtained his Master’s degree from the Technical University of Munich, where he worked on novel peptidomimetic CXCR4-targeting radiotracers in the group of Prof. Angela Casini. 

His research focuses on the synthesis and preclinical evaluation of glycopeptides and peptide conjugates.

Outside the lab, Stan loves to build various doomsday devices, play guitar, travel, and go to the gym.

Eda Nisli 
PHD student (Apr 2023 - present)

Eda is from Solothurn, Switzerland. During her Bachelor´s thesis she synthsised photochemically active dyes (PhotoTags) based on cyanines. After completing her Master´s at University of Zurich she did an internship at Charité Berlin in collaboration with the Freie Universität Berlin, where she worked on metallacages.

Her research concentrates on radioimmunoconjugates.

Outside the lab, Eda likes traveling, swimming, scuba-diving and photography.

Deborah  bäcker
PHD student (Feb 2024 - present)

Deborah completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Freiburg in 2022. During her Bachelor’s thesis, she specialized on sugar chemistry in the field of natural product synthesis under the guidance of Prof. Reinhard Brückner. In her Master’s thesis, she worked in the fields of  molecular biology and biochemistry with Prof. Oliver Einsle. 


Since starting her PhD in February 2024, Deborah shifted gears to focus on the field of supramolecular chemistry. Her current research is pivoting around the design and synthesis of rotaxanes to selectively target cancer cells with radioactivity. 


Outside the lab, Deborah is an active sportswoman who is particularly passionate about soccer and tennis and enjoys spending time hiking or skiing in the outdoors.


Perle Hermant
PhD student (APR 2024 - present)

Perle is from Reims, in the northeast of France. She earned her engineering degree from the National School of Chemistry of Rennes in the field of chemistry for life sciences, as well as a master's degree in organic chemistry from the University of Rennes in 2022. For her final internship, she worked at the Rennes Institute of Chemical Sciences, focusing on glycochemistry and biocatalysis for natural product synthesis under the guidance of Loic Lemiegre.

Her research focuses on synthesizing new radiotracers combining sultone chemistry and photochemistry. This project is a collaboration with the Cyceron team in Caen in France, under the co-supervision of Cécile Perrio.

Outside of the laboratory, Perle enjoys traveling, running, and hiking.

Ben Boback
Master student (Mar 2024 - present)

Ben completed his undergraduate studies in Business and Chemistry at Regensburg University, with a focus on organic chemistry and value management. During his bachelor's thesis, he gained hands-on experience in organocatalysis under the supervision of Professor A. Breder.

In his Master's program in Business and Chemistry, with a Minor in Biochemistry, he concentrates on medicinal chemistry. His research primarily focuses on improving the properties of cancer-targeting drugs.

In his leisure time, he enjoys tennis, volleyball, snowboarding, and indulging in brewed specialties.

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Dr Amaury Guillou
Post-doc Chemistry
(Jul 2019 - Mar 2022)
Dr Daniel Earley
Post-doc Chemistry
(Sep 2019 - Jan 2023)

Faustine d'orchymont 
POST-DOC / PHD chemistry
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Laura Nüesch 
Bachelor's student
(Feb 2020 - Apr 2020)
Melanie gut
Phd student
(Aug 2018 - Sep 2022)
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Shamisa Behmaneshfar 
Master's student
(Feb 2020 - Dec 2020)
Jose Esteban Flores 
Phd student
(Feb 2018 - Mar 2022)
Rachael fay 
Phd student
(mar 2017 - apr 2021)
Florian gribi 
Phd student
(Aug 2017 - 2022)
Dr Eliane Fischer
Senior scientist
(Post-doc biochemistry)
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Patricia Pires-Räth 
Master's student
(Aug 2019 - sept 2020)
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Mirusche Suloska 
bachelor's student
(Feb 2020 - Oct 202)
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Linus Reichert 
Bachelor's student
(Feb 2020 - Oct 2020)
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Jan Bühler 
Research co-worker
(Jun 2020 - present)
Dr Malay patra
Senior scientist
(Post-doc chemistry)
Jennifer lamb 
Phd student
(aug 2016 - Sept 2020)
Rita Sala Faig 
Visiting Phd student
(Feb 2019 - Aug 2019)
David Wunderlin 
Bachelor's student
(Feb 2018 - Jul 2018)
Onofre Munar 
Project student
(Feb 2018 - Jun 2018)
Allan Murphy 
Master's student
(Feb 2018 - Jan 2019)
Larissa eichenberger 
master's student
(Sept 2017 - Aug 2018)
open positions


All open positions for Post-doctoral scientists and PhD students are advertised on the Department of Chemistry, University of Zurich website.

Prospective Bachelor's and Master's students are kindly requested to contact Prof. Dr Jason Holland directly. 

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