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August 15, 2023

Apply now! Biozentrum PhD Fellowships

With its prestigious and much sought after PhD Fellowships, the Biozentrum enables ambitious and highly motivated young scientists to do their PhD at…

July 20, 2023

Obituary for Prof. John G. Nicholls

The Biozentrum mourns the loss of John Graham Nicholls, emeritus Professor of Pharmacology at the Biozentrum, University of Basel.

Infection biologist Prof. Marek Basler.

July 04, 2023

Marek Basler newly elected EMBO member

Prof. Marek Basler of the Biozentrum, University of Basel, has been elected as a new member of the renowned European Molecular Biology Organization…

contact site between lipid droplets (turquoise) and mitochondria (red)

July 03, 2023

Everything in balance? How a molecular switch controls lipid metabolism

Our body’s fat metabolism plays a vital role in energy production in our body. The research team led by Prof. Anne Spang at the Biozentrum, University…

Impression of Biozentrum events with crowd of people

June 28, 2023

Great community events: Biozentrum Symposium and first World Alumni Day

The last week was intense: one great event followed the next. The Biozentrum Symposium and the first World Alumni Day brought together generations of…

Green and red bacteria on a tissue surface.

June 20, 2023

Should I stay or should I go: Hospital germ’s dual strategy

Infections are among the most frequent complications during a hospital stay. Researchers led by Prof. Urs Jenal at the Biozentrum of the University of…

Cholera-pathogen (blue) forms an aggressive biofilm on the surface of immune cells (red).

June 09, 2023

Cholera bacteria form aggressive biofilm to kill immune cells

Bacteria harness the power of communities. Prof. Knut Drescher's research group at the Biozentrum of the University of Basel has now discovered that…

Illustration showing a receptor protein (blue) with a specific recognition pattern (pink)

June 02, 2023

Tagged for arrest: “Barcode” determines receptor’s fate.

Receptor proteins serve as the “eyes and ears” of the cell. The largest receptor family are the so-called G protein-coupled receptors. They respond to…

Ninjurin-1 proteins (green/yellow) assemble into filaments and rupture the cell membrane (gray)

May 22, 2023

Under control to the very end – how our cells kill themselves

Every day, millions of cells die in our body. Other than generally assumed, cells do not simply burst at the end of their lives but rather, a specific…

Photo of Torsten Schwede, Professor of Bioinformatics at the Biozentrum and Vice President for Research, University of Basel.

April 27, 2023

«We need to learn how to deal with AI tools like ChatGPT because they will not disappear.»

Since December last year, the artificial intelligence tool ChatGPT has been making headlines. It independently writes texts of such high quality that…