Fiona Doetsch receives prestigious ERC research grant

The European Research Council (ERC) has awarded the neuroscientist and stem cell biologist Prof. Fiona Doetsch at the Biozentrum, University of Basel, a highly endowed “ERC Advanced Grant”. In the project, funded with... more


Like an assembly line: Molecular factories produce bioactive compounds

Bacteria and fungi produce potent natural products in molecular factories that resemble an assembly line. In "Nature Chemical Biology", researchers led by Prof. Timm Maier, at the Biozentrum of the University of Basel,... more


Mini-symposium with Nobel laureate Jacques Dubochet

Last year, Prof. em. Jacques Dubochet, along with two other scientists, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for developing cryo-electron microscopy. In a symposium organized by the Swiss Nanoscience Institute (SNI)... 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

Architecture of cellular control center mTORC2 elucidated

The protein complex mTORC2 plays a crucial role in the regulation of cellular metabolism. It stimulates, for example, the production of lipids and fatty acids, but it also controls carbohydrate metabolism. In the past, studies... more

Marek Basler receives renowned Friedrich Miescher Award

This year, the Life Sciences Society LS2 honors the infection biologist Prof. Marek Basler from the Biozentrum, University of Basel, for his fundamental work on the structure and function of a bacterial injection apparatus - the... more

T3 Pharma qualifies for BaseLaunch funding program

The BaseLaunch program was launched in 2017 as an initiative of, the office for business promotion for Northwestern Switzerland, with the aim of strengthening the start-up scene in the Basel region and supporting... more

The Biozentrum welcomes new Director Alex Schier

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

Lab-on-a-chip for tracking single bacterial cells

It is hardly bigger than a matchbox and yet there is a laboratory en miniature on this chip. Single bacterial cells grow in about 2000 channels of a thousandth of a millimeter in diameter and can be individually studied in detail... more

Pradel Research Award 2018 for Silvia Arber

Silvia Arber, one of the world’s most prominent neurobiologists, is a leading figure in the study of neuronal circuitry controlling motor behavior. Her research on the assembly, structure and function of motor circuits has... more

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

The kick off for this year’s “Biozentrum Lectures” series will be presented by the distinguished developmental biologist and Nobel laureate Prof. Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard from the Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology... more

kids@science 2018 – very young researchers at the Biozentrum

Soon children's voices will fill the Biozentrum. Again this year, for the third time, school children will become young research scientists. Wearing white coats, armed with pipettes, pens and notebooks, they will eagerly flit... more