Nobel Prize for Chemistry – Molecules in 3D

The Biozentrum congratulates the Swiss researcher Jacques Dubochet from the University of Lausanne, who has been awarded this year's Nobel Prize for Chemistry together with Joachim Frank (USA) and Richard Henderson... more


Bacterial nanosized speargun works like a power drill

In order to get rid of unpleasant competitors, some bacteria use a sophisticated weapon - a nanosized speargun. Researchers led by Prof. Marek Basler at the Biozentrum, University of Basel, have now gained new insights... more


Biozentrum Lecture: Small blood vessels – big secrets

Prof. Christer Betsholtz has been investigating the secrets of distinct cells of the blood vessels for years. These so-called pericytes surround the blood capillaries and play an important role in the blood circulation... 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

Bacteria free themselves with molecular “speargun”

Tularemia is an infectious disease that mostly affects rabbits and rodents, but also humans can become infected. The cause of this serious disease is the bacterium Francisella tularensis. The infection biologists led by Prof.... more

Distant brain regions selectively recruit stem cells

Our brain generates new neurons throughout life. A diversity of stimuli promotes stem cells in their niche to form neurons that migrate to their place of action. In an animal model Prof. Fiona Doetsch’s team at the Biozentrum of... more

Gene transfer keeps bacteria fit

Bartonella are bacteria that can cause diverse infectious diseases in man, such as cat-scratch disease. In order to prevent the accumulation of mutations during the infection cycle, pathogens require efficient DNA repair... more

Resistant cancer cells: 3D structure of a drug transporter decoded

In the course of evolution, the human body has developed diverse strategies to protect itself from harmful substances. In the intestine, the placenta and also in the blood-brain barrier are tiny transport proteins, which prevent... more