Petra Huber

  Petra Huber

Petra Huber
ZHAW Life Sciences und Facility Management
8820 Wädenswil

+41 (0) 58 934 57 28

Persönliches Profil

Tätigkeit an der ZHAW als

Dozentin für Kosmetik und Toxikologie
Senior lecturer for cosmetics and toxicology


Lehrtätigkeit in der Weiterbildung

Kosmetik-Sensorik: Einführungskurs mit Zusatzmodul Duft-Sensorik

Arbeits- und Forschungsschwerpunkte, Spezialkenntnisse

Summary – activities at the ZHAW School of Life Sciences and Facility Management in Wädenswil (ZH, Switzerland), Zurich University of Applied Sciences

On going projects at the ZHAW:

- implementation of a objective sensorial panel for cosmetic products
- sensory assessments by trained panelist to understand formulations tactile
sensorial properties e.g. in relation to compliance and preference by consumer
- implementation and organisation of courses and workshops in cosmetic sensory
- correlation of sensorial attributes with instrumental measurements

- studies with the vertical Franz-cell skin model for biological and safety impact
of the formulation on skin delivery and penetration characteristics

- development of cosmetic formulations (leave-on, rinse-off) with focus on
sensorial improvement

- „Think-tank“- project coordination with students for new product ideas with the
bias food/non-food-cosmetics

Performed projects:
o project coordination “nutrient and beauty” for product innovations like functional food (“beauty food”) (2010/11)
o KTI Project „Anti-AGE molecules at 3-D skin model“ (2010/12)
o „African Repellens“ – deputy head of development project with the University
Neuenburg (Switzerland), icipe (Nairobi, Kenya) und Swiss Tropical Institute
Basel (Switzerland), financed by UBS Optimus Foundation (2010/12)
o “Hautpenetration pflanzlicher Wirkstoffe”, an applied research project (ZHAW)
about the penetration of polyphenols (2012/13)
o Statistical modelling tools to predict the sensory perception of leave-on products
from their physicochemical properties: a feasibility study, an industrial Project
with Fraunhofer Institute IVV, Weihenstephan (2014/2015)

Aus- und Fortbildung

Education and qualifications

1990-95 Academic Studies Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, ETH Zurich,
Master in pharmaceutical sciences (Msc)

1997-99 Postgraduate studies MAS in Management,Technology and Economics/BWI, ETH Zurich

1999 Diploma Thesis „Marketing concept for a service brand/Franchising“, Galenica SA

2005 Diploma “Fachapothekerin FPH”, specialization for office-pharmacists, Swiss federation of pharmacists, achieved in march 2005, with required continuing education

2016 CAS Hochschuldidaktik, Pädagogische Hochschule Zürich

Beruflicher Werdegang

Work experience

1995-2000 pharmacist in pharmacies

2000-2002 scientific manager for the division Cosmétique Active (Suisse) SA,
L’Oréal Groupe

from February 2002 till today

Lecturer for cosmetics and toxicology, ZHAW School of Live Sciences and
Facility Management in Wädenswil (ZH, Switzerland), Zurich University of
Applied Sciences Parallel part-time activity in pharmacies in Zurich and
Crans-Montana (Switzerland)

2009 awardee of the Kurt J. Pfeiffer memorial, together with the University
of Applied Sciences, for extraordinary contributions to the developement
of cosmetology in Switzerland and for the SWISS SCC

2017 Poster Award IFSCC (International Federation of the Society of Cosmetic
Chemists)received at the 29th IFSCC Conference in Seoul, Korea
for the Paper "How far can we predict sensorial feelings by instrumental

since Jan. 2011

Board Member of SWISS SCC, Swiss Society of Cosmetic Chemists, field of responsibility „Scientific Activities“; organization und realization of scientific occasions (advanced training course and und scientific programme of the general meeting)

since June 2013

Vice-head of the scientific committee for the IFSCC Conference 2015 in Zurich Switzerland (International Federation of the Society of Cosmetic Chemists)

since Jan. 2013

Consultant, domain “Personal Care”, for the national thematic networks (NTN) INARTIS, to provide sustainable support to the innovation activities of Swiss businesses, by the commission of technology and innovation, CTI, federal department of economic affairs, education and research EAER

since Sept. 2013

Board Member of the Award Committee of the IFSCC and also presidium member for the Conference 2013 in Rio de Janeiro (BRA)

Mitglied in Netzwerken


Beiträge, nicht peer-reviewed

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    CCMA: A new contact point for microalgal technologies in Switzerland. Prag


    ICT Prague Press.

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    Vehikel und Trägersysteme in kosmetischen Produkten


    online academy, interaktives FPH-Fortbildungsprogramm in Offizin- und Spitalpharmazie, 1.

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    Anti-Aging – Hautalterung aus kosmetischer Sicht

    : Teil 1 & 2.

    pharm.drog., 01 & 02

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    Anti-Aging – le vieillissement de la peau du point de vue cosmétique


    pharm.drog, 01 & 02

Publikationen vor Tätigkeit an der ZHAW