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The D-BSSE is one of the ETH Zurich's youngest departments and the only one located in Basel outside of the Zurich campus. The unique blend of researchers in this department makes it an exciting venue for academics interested in biological questions.


What kind of research do we do?

The D-BSSE includes researchers from disciplines such as Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science (Informatics), and Engineering. The collective aim of the department can be summarized as follows:

1. Discover new facts about the functionality of living systems

2. Take these new findings and try to model them

3. Use the resulting models to devise and engineer novel biosystems



New D-BSSE Professor Karsten Borgwardt

Upon application of the President of ETH Zurich, Professor Ralph Eichler, and the President of EPFL, Professor Patrick Aebischer, at its meeting of 5/6 March 2014 the ETH Board appointed a total of 10 individuals as professors. Read more 


Prof. Paro’s article was listed as Trends in Cell Biology’s „Top Ten Ed Board Favorite Articles of 2013“

Prof. Paro’s article Hsp90@chromatin.nucleus: an emerging hub of a networker was listed as one of the “Top Ten Ed Board Favorite Articles of 2013” by Trends in Cell Biology. Read more 


A polygon as the jewel of systems biology

BSSE 540 Grad

The ETH Biosystems Department is moving to a new home: the Life Sciences campus on Basel’s Schällemätteli is to be converted into a striking, pentagonal teaching and research facility by 2020. Read more 


Prof. Iber awarded with SGRM Research Prize 2014

Prof. Dagmar Iber got awarded the SGRM (Swiss Society for Reproductive Medicine) Research Prize 2014 Read more 


ERC Synergy Grant: EUR 11 million for Cancer Research

Scientists from the University of Basel, the University Hospital of Basel and the D-BSSE of ETH Zurich procured one of the much sought after Synergy Grants from the European Research Council (ERC). Their project will receive EUR 11.2 million of funding and aims at clarifying how tumors develop resistance to medication. Synergy Grants provide the highest amount of funding from the ERC. Read more 

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