How to track and trace a protein: Nanosensors monitor intracellular deliveries

The research group led by Martin Spiess at the Biozentrum, University of Basel, has developed a method for tracing the movement of proteins within the cell. They tagged proteins with tiny nanosensors, so-called... more


Biozentrum again part of the largest EU-funded research project on autism

The neurobiologist Peter Scheiffele from the Biozentrum, University of Basel, has received a grant of 1.2 million euros to study autism. He is a partner in the EU research grant "Autism Innovative Medicine... more


Enigma of fatty acid metabolism solved: Enzyme shape controls its activity

Fats are essential for our body. The core components of all fats are fatty acids. Their production is initiated by the enzyme ACC. Researchers led by Prof. Timm Maier at the Biozentrum, University of Basel, have now... more

Torsten Schwede appointed new Vice President for Research at the University of Basel

Torsten Schwede has been appointed the new Vice President for Research at the University of Basel. The University Council has approved this election. Schwede studied chemistry in Bayreuth and completed his PhD in structural... more

Biozentrum Lecture: Transport across the cell membrane

Poul Nissen is a Professor of Protein Biochemistry at Aarhus University in Denmark and Director of DANDRITE, the Danish node of the Nordic-EMBL Partnership for Molecular Medicine in Aarhus. In the upcoming Biozentrum Lecture, he... more

Marek Basler awarded EMBO Gold Medal 2018

Prof. Marek Basler at the Biozentrum, University Basel, has been awarded the 2018 EMBO Gold Medal jointly with Dr. Melina Schuh from the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in Göttingen, Germany. The infection... more

EMBO Membership for Alex Schier

As EMBO announced on May 14, 2018, Prof. Alex Schier is now a newly elected EMBO member. Including Alex Schier a total of 26 scientists have been recognized for their achievements with an EMBO Membership since the foundation of... 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