The Biozentrum of the University of Basel is one of the worldwide leading institutes for molecular and biomedical basic research and teaching.

In the training of top qualified scientists for the future to work in universities, industry and the community, the Biozentrum emphasizes a strong research orientation and the close guidance of its students.

In its research, the Biozentrum incorporates the benefits of being international, interdisciplinary and innovative along with having leading-edge technology and highly qualified and motivated employees.

3D model of several HCN potassium channels arranged side by side.

Neural stem cell-derived brain tumors in Drosophila.

Adult neural stem cells give rise to neurons (green) and astrocytes (red).

ARTIDIS: a new nano technology to measure tissue structures.

New insights into survival strategies of bacteria

Even the simplest cells such as bacteria have developed effective strategies to protect themselves against harmful substances from the environment. Such defense mechanisms are usually active against a whole variety of substances. How a single defense system can recognize highly diverse substances and render them harmless has remained largely... more

The “factory for fatty acids” is ancient

Cells contain many molecular factories. Among the most fascinating and sophisticated is the fatty acid synthase, a protein complex that produces essential fatty acids. Prof. Timm Maier’s research group, from the Biozentrum of the University of Basel, has closely studied the architecture of this cell factory and traced its evolutionary origins back... more