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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



Paper on neural correlation and coding in "Neuron"

High-density microelectrode arrays were used to study structures of neural correlation in the retina and how these correlations influence coding. The results were published in Neuron. Read more 


2016 IEEE "Robert Bosch micro and nano electro mechanical systems award" to Henry Baltes

The "Robert Bosch Micro and Nano Electro Mechanical Systems Award" by the IEEE Electron Devices Society was given to the former head of PEL and BSSE founding professor Henry Baltes. Read more 


Prof. Karsten Borgwardt again listed among the "Top 40 under 40"

In its 12/2015 edition, the Business Magazine Capital lists Prof. Karsten Borgwardt (35) from D-BSSE as one of the "Top 40 under 40" from Germany in the category "State and Society", which includes 12 scientists. For the second time since 2014, Prof. Borgwardt was honored as an expert in Data Mining and Bioinformatics.  Read more 


BEL collaboration with Roska Group yields paper in "Neuron"

High-density microelectrode arrays developed by BEL were used to study neuronal circuit asymmetry and its role in the pathophysiology of nystagmus, a neurological disease, as recently published in Neuron. Read more 


Implant acts as a countermeasure

Scientists have developed a new, more complex type of genetic circuit, which has enabled them to successfully treat psoriasis, a chronic inflammatory skin condition, in the mouse model. Read more 

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