Pradel Research Award 2018 for Silvia Arber

Prof. Silvia Arber, Neuroscientist at the Biozentrum of the University of Basel and the Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research, receives the Pradel Research Award 2018. She receives the award by the... more


Nobel laureate Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard at the Biozentrum on 24 January 2018

How does the zebrafish get its stripes? Why does it change from species to species? Which cells are responsible for the variety and beauty of the pattern? These are questions that Prof. Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard,... more


kids@science 2018 – very young researchers at the Biozentrum

This year the Biozentrum of the University of Basel will open its doors again for school children to participate in the study week kids@science, a program organized by the foundation “Schweizer Jugend forscht”. The... more

Survival strategy of messenger RNAs during cellular sugar shortage

If a cell encounters a stress situation, whether it is due to nutrient restriction or osmotic shock, the cell reacts immediately to ensure its survival. Prof. Anne Spang’s research group at the Biozentrum of the University of... more

Bacteria acquire resistance from competitors

The frequent and sometimes careless use of antibiotics leads to an increasingly rapid spread of resistance. Hospitals are a particular hot spot for this. Patients not only introduce a wide variety of pathogens, which may already... more

Liver cancer: Lipid synthesis promotes tumor formation

In Switzerland, about 650 new cases of liver cancer are diagnosed every year. The incidence of the malignant and aggressive liver cell carcinoma has doubled in the last 20 years, especially in developed countries. One possible... more

Acrobatic duo in the cells

Misfolded proteins are non-functional and cause cell damage. In order to prevent this, there is a whole arsenal of proteins – called chaperones – that assist with folding and carry out quality control. In the bacterium... more

Bacteria have a sense of touch

Be it through mucosa or the intestinal lining, different tissues and surfaces of our body are entry gates for bacterial pathogens. The first few seconds - the moment of touch - are often critical for successful infections. Some... more

Alex Schier appointed new Director of the Biozentrum

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

New Professor appointed to the Biozentrum

At their meeting on Wednesday, October 25, 2017, the University Council nominated Susan Mango to become a new Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology at the Biozentrum. Since 2009, Susan Mango has been Professor of Molecular... 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