Biozentrum Lecture: Transport across the cell membrane

The cell membrane is permeable to many small molecules, including ions. However, they often have to be transported into or out of the cell against the concentration gradient. This does not happen by itself. This task is... more


Marek Basler awarded EMBO Gold Medal 2018

Marek Basler, Professor at the Biozentrum of the University of Basel, is one of the two recipients of the 2018 EMBO Gold Medal. The European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) has recognized the researcher for his... more


EMBO Membership for Alex Schier

Prof. Alex Schier, Director of the Biozentrum, University of Basel, and currently still research group leader at Harvard University in Cambridge, has been elected as new member of the prestigious European Molecular... more

Who am I? How cells find their identity

The origin of every cell of our body is a single cell, the fertilized egg. On the way to become a specialized cell, whether blood, heart or nerve cells, its descendants follow a genetic program. This program determines the... more

Fiona Doetsch receives prestigious ERC research grant

As a Professor of Molecular Stem Cell Biology, Fiona Doetsch from the Biozentrum, University of Basel, bridges the world of stem cells and the world of neuroscience. In the funded ERC research project, Doetsch and her team will... more

Like an assembly line: Molecular factories produce bioactive compounds

Cholesterol-lowering agents, antihypertensives or malaria medications, cancer drugs and antibiotics - many of our current drugs are based on natural products. Bacteria and fungi actually produce these chemical substances in order... more

Mini-symposium with Nobel laureate Jacques Dubochet

In biology, the development of cryo-electron microscopy triggered a revolution. Already in 2015, this technique was selected as the “Research Method of the Year” and last year the Nobel Committee in Stockholm awarded the three... more

Researchers discover new anti-cancer protein

The incidence of liver cancer, also known as hepatocellular carcinoma, is steadily increasing. In the last twenty years, the number of cases has almost doubled in Switzerland. Hepatocellular carcinoma is usually diagnosed at a... more

A new springboard into research for Bachelor students at the Biozentrum

What questions arise in day-to-day scientific research? How is it to work as a scientist? And how does a research group work? The opportunity to get to the bottom of these questions, to actively participate in everyday research... more

Architecture of cellular control center mTORC2 elucidated

The protein complex mTORC2 plays a crucial role in the regulation of cellular metabolism. It stimulates, for example, the production of lipids and fatty acids, but it also controls carbohydrate metabolism. In the past, studies... more

Marek Basler receives renowned Friedrich Miescher Award

This year, the Life Sciences Society LS2 honors the infection biologist Prof. Marek Basler from the Biozentrum, University of Basel, for his fundamental work on the structure and function of a bacterial injection apparatus - the... more

T3 Pharma qualifies for BaseLaunch funding program

The BaseLaunch program was launched in 2017 as an initiative of, the office for business promotion for Northwestern Switzerland, with the aim of strengthening the start-up scene in the Basel region and supporting... more

The Biozentrum welcomes new Director Alex Schier

Since 2005, Prof. Alexander F. Schier has been a professor in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology at Harvard University in Cambridge (USA). He has received several academic awards, among them the Merit Award and the... more