2014 BBS Leadership Group Shot  

The Leadership Program

Hans Winkler

Hans WinklerUniversität Zürich


Born in 1986, I was raised in a small hamlet in the Jura mountains, a rolling hills region in Switzerland. Growing up with a godfather working as farm animal veterinarian and a father (veterinarian too) employed in a pharmaceutical company, I was fascinated by life sciences. During late high school, I was given opportunities to gain insights into different areas of research and the daily work of a field-veterinarian. The desire to join interests for both science and animal welfare led me to veterinary school. I'm working as an immunology teaching assistant - preparing lessons, teaching younger students and leading discussions. Since 2007 I've worked part-time as a technical assistant in a zebrafish hatchery of the Zoological Institute, University of Zurich.


In my free time I play the violin and table tennis. This fall, I began sport climbing and completed the basic course, which includes top rope climbing, belaying and lead climbing.

Career Goal:

I intend to complete veterinary medicine studies, majoring in “Biomedical Research.” Thereafter, I will enroll in a PhD program and then apply for a post-doc position in Biomedical Research.