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Prof Dr. Dr. Frank J. Rühli (MD, PhD.)

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Frank Rühli studied Medicine at the University of Zurich. After graduation (incl. USMLE I/II and he worked at the Institute of Diagnostic Radiology, University-Hospital Zurich. He was awarded an International Postgraduate Research Scholarship to undertake a PhD at the Biological Anthropology and Comparative Anatomy Research Unit, Anatomical Sciences, University of Adelaide (Australia), where he also held a full-time lectureship. He has worked at the Institute of Anatomy in the University of Zürich since 2003, where he was promoted to senior assistant in 2005 and founded his own research unit, “Applied Anatomy”. In 2007 he finished his habilitation (“DSc”) on “Evidence-based paleopathology” in the field of anatomy/histology. He co-heads the “Diagnostic Imaging of the Swiss Mummy Project” and is now heading one of the first centres on Evolutionary Medicine.

Frank Rühli gained teaching and course coordinator experience (MD, BHSc, MBBS; MSc) at Swiss, German, UK and Australian Universities in gross anatomy; histology; paleopathology; biomedical imaging and biological anthropology, both in traditional and “problem-based learning” curricula. He has supervised multiple BScHons, MD, DVM and DMD dissertations; is Associated Editor, Editor and Editor–in-Chief of five peer-reviewed journals (e.g. Elsevier press); referee for various scientific journals and a.o. for the U.S. National Science Foundation, the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF), National Geograhic Society, and the German Science Foundation (DFG). Frank Rühli conducts extensive research a.o. on clinical anatomy, paleoradiology, and paleopathology (especially ancient mummy studies).

Frank Rühli is the former President of the German Society of Anthropology, and Vice-President of the Swiss Society of Anthropology. He is a former member of the Ethics Committee of the University of Zurich and he actively serves as a doctor in the rank of major with an armoured brigade (Brigadearzt / Major) of the Swiss Armed Forces. He was invited as a consultant for the scientific investigations of Pharaoh Tutanchamun, the South Tyrolean Iceman and prehistoric Iranian salt mummies.

Apart from his scientific work, he is also President of the Liberal Party Kreis 1 here in Zürich and Board member of FDP Zurich City.