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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



How cells create free space

In order to divide, cells in the intestinal wall have to leave their densely packed environment and migrate to the surface. ETH researchers have now discovered how they do this – using a tiny bed of nails. Read more 


Niko Beerenwinkel wins 2015 Golden Owl Award

Congratulations to Niko Beerenwinkel for winning the 2015 Golden Owl Award! Read more 


Martin Fussenegger wins James E. Bailey Award 2015

The Society for Biological Engineering's Bailey award endowed by Cytos Biotechnology, recognizes outstanding contributions in the field of biological engineering. In memory of Professor James Bailey for his many pioneering contributions to biotechnology, this award is presented to an individual who has had an important impact on biological engineering and whose achievements have advanced the profession. Read more 


Celebrating the successful establishment of the Biotech Alumni Group

On 8 October 2015, the newly founded Biotech Alumni Group held its first official event. It was the perfect opportunity to introduce the board members and the objectives of the new alumni group. Not only did this lead to interesting discussions, many alumni present also jumped at the chance to sign up for membership. Read more 


InSphero co-founder Jan Lichtenberg receives Swiss entrepreneur award

InSphero co-founder Jan Lichtenberg honored as "2015 Swiss Emerging Entrepreneur" at Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2015 Award ceremony in Zurich, Switzerland.  Read more 

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