PD Dr. Yvonne Achermann


PD Dr. Yvonne Achermann is a medical doctor specialized in internal medicine and infectious diseases. Since 2008 her scientific focus is on implant-associated infections, mainly prosthetic joint infections. In this field she has been involved in several clinical and epidemiological studies with experts in the field of implant-associated infections (Markus Vogt, Andrej Trampuz, Werner Zimmerli). These projects have resulted in peer-reviewed publications and she received the Award of the Swiss Society of Hospital Hygiene & the Swiss Society for Infectious Diseases in 2010.

After the graduation in Infectious Diseases in September 2011 under the supervision of Rainer Weber in Zurich, Switzerland, she was doing a 2.5-year post-doctoral fellowship in the laboratory of Mark E. Shirtliff at the University of Maryland in Baltimore. There she was focused on biofilm infections caused by Staphylococcus aureus and Propionibacterium acnes and has worked on developing a vaccine for the prevention of implant-associated infections caused by S. aureus and P. acnes in various animal models. She was awarded funding by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF) for 3 years.

Since January 2015, she has been working in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the University of Zurich as an attending physician and cares for patients with bone and prosthetic joint infections (PJI), serving as the main infectious diseases consultant at the University Hospital Balgrist, Zurich. With the support of the program “filling the gap” by the University of Zurich, she is successfully continuing her basic research in the field of “diagnostic and prevention of implant-associated infections" in the laboratory of Annelies Zinkernagel and her clinical research in collaboration with the University Hospital Balgrist, Zurich.