Earth & human being

ERC Synergy Grants for research projects by Professors Domenico Giardini and Jacob Corn

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16.10.2019 – Two ETH Zurich projects and one with ETH involvement have been awarded one of the coveted ERC Synergy Grants. These EU grants offer up to EUR 14 million to promote interdisciplinary collaboration on research projects.

Despite intense research, scientists still cannot accurately predict where or when the next big earthquake will occur. The ERC Synergy project “FEAR” team – Domenico Giardini, ETH Professor of Seismology and Geodynamics; Florian Amann of RWTH Aachen University; Stefan Wiemer, Director of the Swiss Seismological Service at ETH Zurich; and Massimo Cocco of the Italian Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia – want to better understand the physics of earthquake processes. Under controlled conditions in a new underground experimental facility, the Bedretto Lab, the researchers will generate and analyse small earthquakes at depths of more than one kilometer. The construction of the Bedretto Lab was made possible through generous support by the Werner Siemens Foundation.

Jacob Corn, ETH Professor of Genome Biology, coordinates the second Synergy project in collaboration with Joanna Loizou of the Research Center for Molecular Medicine of the Austrian Academy of Sciences and Stephen Jackson of University of Cambridge. The Corn lab works on genome editing to understand human disease and to cure genetic disorders. With the ERC Synergy Grant, Corn and his Partners will use gene editing and chemical biology to map the many ways that cells repair damage to their DNA. Jacob Corn’s professorship is largely funded by the Lotte und Adolf Hotz-Sprenger Stiftung and the NOMIS Foundation.

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