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The enemy within: How pathogens spread unrecognized in the body

The inside of a cell provides as a hiding place for various pathogens. By residing in the cell, the bacteria can evade the immune response and spread within the body. Among these invaders are Burkholderia bacteria, including…


Britta Hartmann

“Many things just worked out that way” May 2022 Four years ago. Alumninews took up contact with Britta Hartmann. At this time, however, she was in the middle of a career change. Today, the biologist is the Head of the…


Projects

Nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy of biomolecules We apply and develop high-resolution Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) methods to elucidate structure, function, and dynamics of biological macromolecules. The…


CV

CV of Prof. Dr. Michael N. Hall ORCID 0000-0002-2998-0757 Google Scholar Google Scholar Nationality: Swiss Positions: Since 2023 Distinguished Scientist, Institute of Human Biology, F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd, Basel,…


Tim Arni

Testimonial of Tim Arni EPFL Lausanne, Switzerland, Research Group Sebastian Hiller Where are you from and what do you study? I grew up near Bern. It was clear that I would choose a STEM subject and as I really wanted to…


Not necessarily harmful: Protein aggregates in the brain

In the past, amyloids have mainly been associated with neurodegenerative diseases. These solid, insoluble protein clumps damage the nerve cells. The research group led by Prof. Martin Spiess at the Biozentrum of the…


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…


Survival strategy of messenger RNAs during cellular sugar shortage

If a cell encounters a stress situation, whether it is due to nutrient restriction or osmotic shock, the cell reacts immediately to ensure its survival. Prof. Anne Spang’s research group at the Biozentrum of the University…


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…


How does Parkinson's disease develop? Study raises doubts on a previous theory of Parkinson’s disease

The arms and legs tremble incessantly, the muscles become weaker and the movements slower − these are typical symptoms that many Parkinson's patients suffer from. More than six million people are affected worldwide. In these…