Biozentrum Lectures

Biozentrum Lectures

The Biozentrum Lectures were initiated in 2009 to present speakers who have made outstanding contributions in the field of Life Sciences. The goal of the series is to highlight the work of these individuals in an event that brings together researchers from the entire community in Basel and its surroundings.

Next Biozentrum Lecture:

October 16, 2017
We seek him here, we seek him there…
On the elusive pericyte and its many roles in the blood micro-vasculature


Christer Betsholtz
Uppsala University and Karolinska Institutet Stockholm, Sweden

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Past Biozentrum Lectures:

December 5, 2016
Reconstituting chromosome replication


John Diffley
Francis Crick Institute, Clare Hall Laboratory, South Mimms, United Kingdom

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February 11, 2016
"Explorations of Cell Stress & Cell Death Mechanisms" from laboratory to clinic


John C. Reed
Global Head of Pharmaceutical Research & Early Development, Roche

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November 23, 2015
Navigating the cellular landscape with new imaging approaches


Jennifer Lippincott-Schwarz
Eugene Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland, USA.

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October 13, 2015
The Ribosome - How stop codons are recognized during translation


Venki Ramakrishnan
Venki Ramakrishnan, group leader and Deputy Director at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge, UK

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April 14, 2015
Neural stem cells and brain development – 
from Drosophila to humans


Jürgen Knoblich
Senior Scientist & Deputy Scientific Director,
Institute of Molecular Biotechnology of the
Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna

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March 20, 2014
Molecular chaperones in protein folding and proteostasis control 

Franz-Ulrich Hartl
Professor of Biochemistry, Director of the Department Cellular Biochemistry, Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry, Martinsried

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April 22, 2013
Functional aspects of telomerase on and off chromosome ends

Elizabeth Blackburn
Professor in Biology and Physiology in the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics at the University of California, San Francisco

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January 15, 2013
Integrative Structural Biology


Andrej Sali
Professor of Computational Biology at the University of California, San Francisco 

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May 16, 2011
Angiogenesis in Health and Disease


Peter Carmeliet

Director of the VIB – Vesalius Research Center
University of Leuven, Belgium

March 21, 2011
Evolution of a Social Chromosome in Ants

Laurent Keller

Department of Ecology and Evolution
University of Lausanne

October 12, 2010
Getting in and out of Mitosis: Fresh Light on Protein Phosphatases

Tim Hunt
Cancer Research UK
Clare Hall Laboratories, South Mimms, Hertfordshire

June 8, 2010
Design Principles of Pluripotency

Austin Smith

Director, Wellcome Trust Centre for Stem Cell Research
University of Cambridge

March 17, 2010
Lipids and membranes – seen and used in molecular electron microscopy

Thomas Walz

Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Professor, Department of Cell Biology, Harvard Medical School

September 22, 2009
Alternative Zippering as an On-Off Switch for SNARE-mediated Membrane Fusion in Synaptic Transmission and Hormonal Secretion

James E. Rothman

Chairman, Department of Cell Biology
Professor, Department of Chemistry Yale University