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The Biozentrum invites you to a scientific symposium to celebrate the 90th birthday of Prof. em. Werner Arber, Nobel Prize Laureate 1978 and founding member of the Biozentrum, University of Basel.

When: August 28, 2019, 4.00-5.30 pm followed by an apéro
Where: Lecture Hall 1, Pharmazentrum, Klingelbergstrasse 50

Prof. em. Werner Arber
Professor emeritus Werner Arber was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1978 for his discovery of restriction enzymes and their application in molecular genetics together with the Americans Daniel Nathans and Hamilton Smith. He is one of the founding members of the Biozentrum, University of Basel, where he started as Professor of Microbiology in 1971. He also took on important leadership roles at the University of Basel, including Rektor, Dean of the Faculty of Science and Chairman of the Biozentrum.

His scientific research contributed greatly to the internationally renowned reputation of the institute. Restriction enzymes, as molecular scissors, became available for today’s research in molecular genetics carried out worldwide to obtain novel insights into the functions of living organisms. This development paved also the way for various research areas at the Biozentrum. On June 3, 2019, Werner Arber turned 90 years old.


Welcome addresses
Prof. Alex Schier, Director of the Biozentrum, University of Basel
Prof. Andrea Schenker-Wicki, President of the University of Basel

The scientist Werner Arber
Prof. em. Peter Philippsen, Biozentrum, University of Basel

Scientific program: Bacterial defense mechanisms – new findings and applications

Chair: Prof. Christoph Dehio, Biozentrum, University of Basel

CRISPR genome editors: From bacteria to biotech
Prof. Martin Jinek, Department of Biochemistry, University of Zurich
Structure, dynamics and function of a bacterial nanomachine
Prof. Marek Basler, Biozentrum, University of Basel



PDF Program

Please register here by August 18, 2019.
If you have any inquiries, please contact Sarah Thomforde +41 61 207 21 21, sarah.thomfordeunibasch