Bacteria have a sense of touch

Although bacteria have no sensory organs in the classical sense, they are still masters in perceiving their environment. The research group led by Prof. Urs Jenal at the Biozentrum, University of Basel, has now... more


Alex Schier appointed new Director of the Biozentrum

As of 2018, Prof. Alexander F. Schier will be the new Director of the Biozentrum, University of Basel. The University Council has appointed the Harvard researcher as Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology. The... more


New Professor appointed to the Biozentrum

The University Council has appointed Prof. Susan Mango as a new Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology to the Biozentrum of the University of Basel. The scientist currently works as Professor of Molecular and... more

High-Speed Locomotion Neurons Found in the Brainstem

Think of you either taking a casual stroll on a sunny Sunday afternoon or running at full speed to catch a bus for work on Monday morning as two extremes. Both forms of locomotion entail a perfect interplay between arms and legs,... more

Nobel Prize for Chemistry – Molecules in 3D

"From 1971 to 1978 Jacques carried out research at the Biozentrum and in 1974 he received his PhD from Eduard Kellenberger, one of the founders of the Biozentrum of the University of Basel. To the very last, the two had a... more

Bacterial nanosized speargun works like a power drill

Millions of tiny microbes on leaves, stones or our skin jostle for space. And almost everywhere they have to compete for resources and nutrients. In the course of evolution, some bacteria have therefore developed a weapon to... more

Biozentrum Lecture: Small blood vessels – big secrets

In the upcoming Biozentrum Lecture, Prof. Christer Betsholtz from the University of Uppsala and the “Karolinska Institutet Stockholm” will talk about the challenges of identifying and characterizing a very inhomogeneous cell type... more

A protein that extends life of yeast cells

For about one hundred years it has been known that nutrient restriction and moderate stress can significantly prolong life. The researchers led by Prof. Mihaela Zavolan and Prof. Anne Spang, both at the Biozentrum of the... more

Lasker Award for Michael N. Hall

The American Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation honors Michael N. Hall for his fundamental discoveries in cell growth that have opened up a new field of biomedical science. “Michael Hall showed that TOR proteins control cell... more

RNA molecules live short lives

RNA molecules are individual transcripts of the cell’s DNA. They transfer the genetic information of the DNA and provide a template for the production of proteins that regulate all the cell’s processes. The small carriers of... more

Synapses in the brain mirror the structure of the visual world

Individual visual stimuli are not processed independently by our brain. Rather neurons exchange incoming information to form a coherent perceptual image from the myriad of visual details impinging on our eyes. How our visual... more

Anatole Abragam Prize for Prof. Björn Burmann

On July 23, 2017, Prof. Björn Burmann, a recent member of the Biozentrum, University of Basel, has received the Anatole Abragam Prize at the ISMAR Conference 2017 in Canada, together with Dr. Loren Andreas from the Max Planck... more

Designed proteins to treat muscular dystrophy

Muscular dystrophy is a term used to describe many different muscular diseases caused by genetic defects. To date, there are no treatments available to stop disease progression. In their study, the scientists led by Prof. Markus... more