Officers of the BME Club

[Prabitha Urwyler]


Prabitha Urwyler was born in Mangalore, India. She holds a Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech) in Computer Engineering from the Mangalore University, India (1995). She worked as a software engineer at Melstar Information Technologies Ltd, India from 1995 to 1997 and later at the Swiss News Agency (SDA – ATS), Switzerland until 2008. She received her M.Sc in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Bern in 2008. In 2012, she completed her PhD degree in Biomedical Engineering on the fabrication, characterization and application of disposable micro-cantilevers for biomedical applications at the University of Basel and the Paul Scherrer Institut; followed by a Postdoc (2012-2013) at the Biomaterials Science Center, University of Basel. She is currently working as a senior researcher at the Gerontechnology and Rehabilitation group, University of Bern. Her research interests include biomaterials, implant surfaces and its characterization, micro/nanofabrication, Gerontechnology, rehabilitation, tele-rehabilitation, ambient assisted living and neurodegenerative diseases.

Secretary & Treasurer

Tamara Melle is a MSc student (start 2017) pursuing her MSc in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Bern. She holds a Degree of Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences from University of Fribourg. Her hobbies include painting, hiking and various sports. She is currently working part-time as a Sales-Assistant at various departmental stores in Bern.


Tobias Imfeld studied information technologies at the University of Applied Sciences in Lucerne and received his diploma in software engineering in 2006. During the first studies until he started the master studies he worked for the leading telecommunication company in Switzerland. In 2009 he joined the master course of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Bern and finished his master thesis at the ARTORG center in the ophthalmic department of Prof. Jens Kowal in 2011. Currently he works for the Compugroup Medical AG in Berne as a teamleader and consultant for clinical information systems.

PhD Student Representative

Fredrick Johnson did his master’s degree in medical technology and has been working in this field for five years. Having got work experience from various research labs in University Klinikum Heidelberg, Klinikum Magdeburg, Germany, and Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, India had captivated him for visualizing the medical applications into the clinic. He is currently working on his doctoral thesis under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Stefan Weber and Prof. Andreas Raabe, Inselspital Bern. Fredrick’s research work is focused on promoting science and technology that contribute to the development and improvement of valuable healthcare with respect to translational medicine in the field of micro neuro surgery and other areas in image-guided therapy procedures.