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

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.

Bacteria free themselves with molecular “speargun”

Many bacteria are armed with nano-spearguns, which they use to combat unwelcome competitors or knockout host cells. The pathogen responsible for tularemia, a highly virulent infectious disease, uses this weapon to escape from its prison in cells defending the host. Researchers from the Biozentrum of the University of Basel report on this bacterial... more

Distant brain regions selectively recruit stem cells

Stem cells persist in the adult mammalian brain and generate new neurons throughout life. The research group of Prof. Fiona Doetsch at the Biozentrum, University of Basel, reports in the current issue of "Science" that long-distance brain connections can target discrete pools of stem cells in their niche and stimulate them to divide and produce... more

Gene transfer keeps bacteria fit

The research group of Prof. Christoph Dehio at the Biozentrum, University of Basel, has discovered that Bartonella bacteria exchange genes efficiently using a domesticated virus encoded in their genome. As the findings published in "Cell Systems" demonstrate, the exchange of genetic material only takes place between bacteria with a high level of... more

Important Dates

September 10 - 13, 2017

Basel Life - international Scientific Congress (EMBO)


September 12 - 15, 2017

BC2 Basel Computational Biology Conference