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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.

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.

The pertussis pathogen – new findings

The worldwide spreading of the whooping cough, also known as pertussis, has substantially increased since 2010. Prof. Timm Maier and Prof. Sebastian Hiller from the Biozentrum, University of Basel, have investigated structure and function of an important membrane protein of the bacterium causing pertussis. They discovered that the protein... more

Inaccuracy as a survival strategy

Do not put all your eggs in one basket. This can be a successful strategy for populations of cells to survive environmental changes. The research group of Prof. Erik van Nimwegen at the Biozentrum of the University of Basel has shown that variation in gene expression can be a beneficial trait that improves the fitness of an individual. In their... more

How the brain learns to distinguish between what is important and what is not

Traffic lights, neon-lit advertisements, a jungle of road signs, zebra crossings, and cyclists. When learning to drive, it is often very difficult to distinguish between important and irrelevant information. How the brain learns the importance of certain images over others is being investigated by Prof. Sonja Hofer at the Biozentrum of the... more