David studied physics and biophysics. After completing his PhD in biophysics at the University of Western Ontario (London, Canada) he had Postdocs at the ETH Zurich (Institute of Molecular Biology and Biophysics) and the University of Sydney (Australia). He then joined the staff of the Institute of Molecular Biology and Biophysics (ETHZ) and later worked in the group of Prof. Tim Richmond.
In the course of his work David has accumulated experience with aspects of photometabolism in algae, electrical properties of membranes, and structural biology using X-ray crystallography and electron microscopy. Since 2014 David has been the CEO of MagnebotiX AG, a spin-off of the Multiscale Robotics Laboratory (ETH Zurich) that specializes in magnetic control at both microscopic and macroscopic scales.
Derick was born in Jaffna, Sri Lanka in December 1993. He grew up in Zürich and holds a Master in Mechanical Engineering from ETH Zurich. In April 2021, he started his PhD at Magnebotix AG and is working in close collaboration with the MSRL group at ETH. His research covers the development of electro-magnetic navigation systems for microrobots in clinical use. He also investigates advanced control algorithms for the efficient navigation of microrobots into the neurovascular network. Derick enjoys hiking, going on tours with the road bike and hosting dinner parties for his friends.