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Department of Biosystems Science and Engineering

From Mathematical Theory to Human Cell Biology

Life science research is one of the keys to answering the grand challenges of our future. The magnitude of these challenges such as ageing societies or globally spreading diseases calls for paradigm shift to holistic, systems-based and interdisciplinary approaches.

On these grounds, in the Department of Biosystems Science and Engineering scientists from different biological and engineering disciplines collaborate to change the way we do research, understand, apply and teach biology and biotechnology. This interdisciplinary effort towards a comprehensive analysis and rational programming of complex cellular systems advances biological sciences and stimulates new technologies and products in pharmaceutical and chemical industry. The Department’s translational research applies findings to enhance human health and well-being. To maximize the impact of this forward-thinking endeavour, it all takes place in Basel - Europe’s capital of the life science industry.  

Since the inception of D-BSSE its researchers have made multiple contributions to science, engineering and business development - as evident from top-notch publications, multiple ERC grants, new technologies originating from our laboratories and the launching of several successful spin-off companies.



Upcoming International Conference on Molecular Systems Engineering

Biological systems display properties that cannot be matched by synthetic approaches. Implementing the advances in life sciences into the design options of synthetic molecular systems is a major scientific challenge. To address this challenge, the International Conference on Molecular Systems Engineering (ICMSE) will bring together world leaders in the characterisation and engineering of complex chemical and biological systems. Read more 


15 new professors

The ETH Board appointed 15 new professors upon application of ETH President Lino Guzzella. Read more 


New D-BSSE Publication in Cell Reports

The research group of Professor Sai Reddy at the ETH Zurich Department of Biosystems Science and Engineering in Basel has published a new paper about high genetic and antigen-driven predetermination of antibody repertoires throughout B cell development. Read more 


Head of Education Department Dr. Conradin Cramer Paid D-BSSE a Visit

Last Wednesday the new Head of the Education Department of the Canton Basel-Stadt paid the ETH Zurich Department of Biosystems Science and Engineering a visit: Dr. Conradin Cramer got a first impression of the ETH Zurich’s site in Basel and the Department’s interdisciplinary research work.  Read more 


ETH Zurich Silver Medal for Markus Jeschek

Congratulations to Markus Jeschek (Panke Group)! Read more 

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