Karlaganis Georg

Dr Georg Karlaganis
World Trade Institute, University of Bern
+41 79 415 99 62
  • Nanotechnology
  • Chemicals Regulation
  • Biotechnology

Georg Karlaganis studied chemistry at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich. After writing his PhD thesis under the supervision of Prof. R. Schwyzer, Institute of Molecular Biology and Biophysics at ETH Zurich he pursued a research career at the Institute of Clinical Pharmacology of the University of Bern (1975–1987). He conducted research on cholesterol metabolism at the Department of Physiological Chemistry of the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm with Prof. Jan Sjövall (1979–1981) and was awarded his habilitation from the Medical Faculty of the University of Bern (1985). Since 2004 he has been an Honorary Professor of the University of Bern.



From 1987 to 2009 he was Head of the Substances, Soil and Biotechnology Division of the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN). His work focused on protection of the environment and human beings against potential hazards caused by the use of chemicals as well as pathogenic and genetically modified organisms. The division is responsible for nanotechnology, biotechnology and for ensuring long-term preservation and sustainable use of soil. Since 2010 he has been a Training Advisor of the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)’s Chemicals and Waste Management Programme focusing on governance of nanotechnology and manufactured nanomaterials. Since 2011 he has been a Senior Research Fellow at the World Trade Institute, University of Bern.