Liver cancer: Lipid synthesis promotes tumor formation

Lipid, also known as fat, is an optimal energy source and an important cell component. Much is required for the rapid and uncontrolled growth of cancer cells. Researchers from the Biozentrum of the University of Basel... more


Acrobatic duo in the cells

Just like an acrobatic duo, some proteins lend each other stability. Researchers led by Prof. Sebastian Hiller at the Biozentrum, University of Basel, have discovered that the protein “Trigger factor” recognizes a... more


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

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

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

Like a revolving door: How shuttling proteins operate nuclear pores

Genetic information is protected in the cell nucleus by a membrane that contains numerous nuclear pores. These pores facilitate the traffic of proteins known as importins that deliver molecular cargoes between the nucleus and the... 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