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Master's thesis

Applied Computational Life Sciences

The Master’s thesis is the scientific core of your studies. Through the thesis you not only demonstrate your knowledge and skills, but also the ability to successfully integrate into a research group and expand your knowledge in your specific field of scientific expertise.

The Master’s thesis is the scientific core of your studies. Through the thesis you not only demonstrate your knowledge and skills, but also the ability to successfully integrate into a research group and expand your knowledge in your specific field of scientific expertise.

Industry Collaborations

Depending on your topic, you work in a research group at the ZHAW in Wädenswil or externally with an industrial or research partner. In any case, you have a local thesis advisor at ZHAW. Ask our advisors about possible industry collaborations. In the thesis Market-Place you find a list with some possible thesis topics and collaboration partners.

Participating institutes

  • to website ZHAW IAS
  • to website ZHAW ICBT
  • to website ZHAW ILGI
  • to website ZHAW IUNR

Affiliated partners

  • to website ZHAW IAMP
  • to website ZHAW IDP
  • to website ZHAW INIT

Fields of Interest

Computational Genomics

Research Group/Collaborations with People Interests
Computational Genomics (IAS) Maria Anisimova
  • Stochastic modeling and simulation
  • Classification, prediction and hypothesis testing
  • Algorithms for genomic sequence analysis
  • Applied computational genomics
  • Manuel Gil
  • Molecular evolution
  • Phylogenetics
  • Natural language processing
  • Modelling, developing algorithms, programming
  • Pipelining, simulation study, data analysis,
    data integration
  • Victor Garcia
  • Applied computational genomics
  • Environmental Genomics and
    Systems Biology (IUNR)
    Theo Smits
  • Genomics, transcriptomics
  • Population genetics
  • Phylogenomics
  • Taxonomy
  • Antibiotic resistances
  • Plasmids
  • Source-tracking of plant pathogenic bacteria
  • Community analysis of aquaponics systems
  • Joël Pothier
  • Bioinformatics
  • Genomics
  • Transcriptomics
  • Population genetics
  • Phylogenomics
  • Taxonomy
  • Bioinformatics
  • Genomics
  • Transcriptomics
  • Population genetics
  • Phylogenomics
  • Taxonomy
  • Plasmids
  • Computational Chemistry

    Research Group/Collaborations with People Interests
    Bio-Inspired Modeling and
    Learning Systems (IAS)
    Olivier Merlo
  • Dynamical systems
  • Modelling
  • When biology goes quantum
  • Section for Organic and
    Medicinal Chemistry (ICBT)
    Stefan Höck
  • Cheminformatics
  • Pure functional programming
  • Type-driven development
  • Developing algorithms and designing
    abstractions in cheminformatics in tactically
    typed, purely functional programming languages
    (i.e. Haskell)
  • Biomedical Simulation (IAS) Simone Ulzega
  • Modelling of complex systems
  • Monte carlo simulations
  • Bayesian inference
  • Bio-technological Process

    Research Group/Collaborations with People Interests
    Section for Cell
    Cultivation Technique (ICBT)
    Sören Werner
  • Computational fluid dynamics
  • Biochemical engineering
  • Cell cultivation technique
  • Chemical Engineering (ICBT) Judith Krautwald
  • Process simulation in bioengineering
    and biotechnology
  • Analysis and optimization of
    real plant processes
  • Application focus in life science,
    environmental science and
    production of bioenergy
  • Modelling and simulation of biological
    methanation processes
  • Peter Riedlberger
  • Downscaling towards microfluidic devices
  • Biomedical Simulation (IAS) Sven Hirsch
  • Crystallization process modelling and simulation
  • Process optimization
  • Microbiology and
    Molecular Biology (ICBT)
    Martin Sievers
  • Genome mining
  • Digital Health, Biology and Neuroscience

    Research Group/Collaborations with People Interests
    Biomedical Simulation (IAS) Sven Hirsch
  • Understanding biomedical phenomena
  • Medical imaging analysis & diagnostics systems
  • Data assimilation and machine intelligence
  • Sensor and time series analysis
  • Simulations of brain aneurysms
  • Medical Physics (Dep. T) Stephan Scheidegger
  • Impact of anti-cancer treatment on ecosystem
    dynamics of cancer
  • Model-based data analysis of anti-cancer Treatments
    in vitro and in vivo
  • Model-based data analysis in medical imaging
  • Hospitality Management Competency
    Group (IFM)
    Nicole Gerber
  • Visualisation of complex business process
    interpendencies in hospitals and
    healthcare organisations
  • Bio-Inspired Modeling and
    Learning Systems (IAS)
    Thomas Ott
  • Bio-inspired algorithms
  • neuroinformatics, (machine) learning systems
  • Computer models and simulations of
    biological dynamics
  • Stefan Glüge
  • Machine learning
  • Visualization of data flow of different patient journeys
  • Knowledge Engineering (IAS) Robert Vorburger
  • Data processing
  • Data pipeline automation
  • Image analysis
  • App development
  • Automated 3D reconstruction of tumor spheres
  • Predictive Analytics (IAS) Krzysztof Kryszczuk
  • Non-invasive wearable core body
    temperature sensor
  • Biomedical Engineering (Dept. T) Daniel Baumgartner
  • Biomechanical engineering
  • Finite elemente analysis
  • Ergonomics & rehabilitation
  • Data bases
  • Clinical study design
  • Experimental test design of medical products
  • Applied Complex Systems Science
    ((Dept. T)
    Ruedi Füchslin
  • Theory, modeling and simulation of complex systems
  • Information processing in biological and
    life-like systems
  • Applications in Food Industry

    Research Group/Collaborations with People Interests
    Simulation and Optimisation (IAS) Lukas Hollenstein
  • Modelling, simulation and optimization of
    complex processes in production
  • Logistics, supply-chain, business, facilities, etc.
    using discrete-event simulation and data analytics
  • Institute for Applied Simulation (IAS) Marcel Burkhard
  • Analysis of market price drivers in
    the swiss food industry
  • Creation of a forecast model for
    selected goods
  • Center for Food Safety and
    Quality Management,
    Food Microbiology (ILGI)
    Lars Fieseler
  • Phylogenetic analyses of bacteriophage genome
    sequences and phage derived proteins
  • Center for Food Processing and
    Packaging (ILGI)
    Selçuk Yildirim
  • Modelling and simulation of shelf life
    of food and packaged food
  • Applications in Environment and Agriculture

    Research Group/Collaborations with People Interests
    Geoinformatics research group (IUNR) Patrick Laube
  • Geoinformatics
  • Algorithms for digital map processing
  • Bio-Inspired Modeling and
    Learning Systems (IAS)
    Martin Schüle
  • Data science, machine & deep learning
  • Natural language processing
  • Complex system modelling
  • Cellular automata, application focus in
    environmental sciences and finance
  • Thomas Ott
  • Bio-inspired algorithms, complex system dynamics
  • Forecasting
  • Seed classification using pattern recognition
  • Ivo Kaelin
  • Statistical data analysis
  • Mathematical modeling
  • Identification and quantification of estrogenic
    activity in freshwater samples
  • Matthias Nyfeler
  • Statistical data analysis
  • Mathematical modeling
  • Agricultural and Resource Economics
    Group (IUNR)
    Raushan Bokusheva
  • Application of statistical approaches for
    assessing the impact of climate change
    in agriculture
  • Martina Bozzola
  • Climate change economics
  • Adaptation to climate change in agriculture
    (supervisor has access to large panel dataset
    from Europe and Eastern and Southern Africa)
  • Trade and environment
  • Environmental Biotechnology (ICBT) Martin Kühni
  • Process simulation in bioengineering and biotechnology
  • Analysis and optimization of real plant processes
  • Application focus in life science, environmental science
    and production of bioenergy
  • Hans-Joachim Nägele
  • Biogas simulation data analysis
  • Completed Master Theses

    Year of Graduation Student Title Advisor
    2019 Delucchi Matteo Tandem Repeat Variation in Genomic Databases Maria Anisimova (ZHAW, IAS)
    2019 Gygax Gregory Smart Algorithms for Efficient Yield Forecasting Thomas Ott (ZHAW, IAS)
    2019 Kaufmann Moritz Evolution of multidrug resistance in pEL60 plasmids Theo Smits (ZHAW, IUNR)
    2019 Meier Patrick A mathematical model to describe the relationship between the unfolded protein response (UPR) and production of recombinant proteins in the yeast Pichia pastoris Sven Hirsch (ZHAW, IAS)
    2019 Naef Paulina Optimizing of the Tandem Repeat Annotation Library (TRAL) and Copy Number Variations of Tandem Repeats in RNAseq Illumina Data Maria Anisimova (ZHAW, IAS)
    2019 Peechatt Jithin Mathew Characterisation of Bias and Variance of Progressive Sequence Alignment Manuel Gil (ZHAW, IAS)
    2019 Schiling Daniel Geoinformatics methods for a better understanding of wildlife-caused traffic accidents in the Cantons of Zurich (Switzerland) Patrick Laube (ZHAW, IUNR)
    2019 Selvaratnam Laksathan Understanding cerebrovascular pathologies within the Circle of Willis using 0D flow network simulations Sven Hirsch (ZHAW, IAS)
    2019 Siegrist Jonas Aaron Genome mining of polyketide and nonribosomal peptide synthases in actinomycetes Martin Sievers (ZHAW, ICBT)
    2019 Ta Cam Phuong Estimating Insertion and Deletion Parameters from Pairwise Sequence Alignments Manuel Gil (ZHAW, IAS)
    2019 Weichart Sonja Continued development of an online application for the use in microbial batch cultures: Planning and simulation of experiments and data analysis and management Robert Vorburger (ZHAW, IAS)