Meet the winners of the Sensors & Diagnostics Outstanding Early Career Researcher Award 2023

We are thrilled to announce the launch of our prestigious Outstanding Early Career Research Award, aimed at recognising, and celebrating outstanding contributions in the realm of Sensors & Diagnostics. This initiative seeks to honour the dedication, innovation, and impactful research endeavours of promising early career researchers.

In a world where metabolic diseases like obesity and diabetes are on the rise, the need for convenient tools to measure body fat burn rates and guide lifestyle changes is paramount. In their work Handheld device quantifies breath acetone for real-life metabolic health monitoring, Dr Ines Weber and her team address this need head-on and have developed a ground-breaking handheld device. By analysing acetone content in breath, this device provides accurate measurements of fat burn rates, offering personalized insights into metabolic health. Its compact size, simplicity of use, long-term reliability, and remarkable accuracy set it apart. With specialized filtering units that selectively allow only acetone to pass through, the device accurately tracks the impact of stimuli such as diet and exercise, making it a promising tool for personalized health monitoring.

Meet the team

Grégoire Bastide, Anna Remund, Dina N. Oosthuizen, Nina Derron, Philipp Gerber and Ines Weber


  • Dr Grégoire Bastide: With a background in mechanical engineering from ETH Zurich and Stanford University, Grégoire Bastide’s research focuses on breath analysis and medical technology, particularly devices for disease diagnostics.
  • Dr Anna Laura Remund: Currently completing her master’s degree in mechanical engineering at ETH Zurich, Anna’s research interests lie in developing medical devices for disease diagnostics, with experience gained from research stints at Stanford University.
  • Dr Dina N. Oosthuizen: A research associate at Northeastern University, Dr. Oosthuizen specializes in designing sensor platforms for extreme environments, including space. Her expertise in chemical gas sensors and nanomaterial functionalization contributes to real-world solutions.
  • Dr Nina Derron: With a background in Health Sciences, Biomedical Engineering, and a recent PhD in Clinical Science, Dr. Derron’s research focuses on nutritional interventions, particularly intermittent fasting, and applying novel mobile technologies to enhance disease understanding and treatment.
  • Prof Gerber: A senior physician and group leader at the University Hospital Zurich, Prof. Gerber’s research interests encompass clinical studies in nutrition, focusing on the impact of nutrition on metabolic diseases. His work has been recognized with numerous grants and awards.
  • Dr Ines Weber: Dr Weber’s research centres on nanoscale engineering of sensors for healthcare applications, emphasizing personalized medicine. With experience from ETH Zurich and Stanford University, her work has garnered recognition through awards like the ETH medal and GAeF PhD award.

About being awarded by the Editorial Board of Sensors & Diagnostics the winners commented: “We are honoured to receive the Outstanding Early Career Research Award from Sensors & Diagnostics! This recognition validates the significance of our research and the development of personalized health monitors. We are grateful to Sensors & Diagnostics for selecting our publication and excited to continue pushing boundaries in sensor technologies.”

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