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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.



Best Master’s Thesis Award in Nanoscience at the University of Basel for Elise Aeby

For this year’s award-winning thesis, Elise Aeby developed a microfluidic platform designed to study individual cells in microtissues. Elise Aeby worked in the research group of Andreas Hierlemann at the Department of Biosystems Science and Engineering in Basel. Read more 


Pioneer Fellowships for D-BSSE Researchers

Congratulations to Enkelejda Miho, Oskari Vinko and Maximilian Schulz for winning an ETH Zurich Pioneer Fellowship. Pioneer Fellowships enable the most talented and ambitious researchers to develop their ideas into highly innovative commercial products or services for the benefit of society. Read more 


Career Seed Grant for Jorge Beira

Congratulations to Jorge Beira from the Paro Group for winning the Career Seed Grant. Read more 


Ground breaking ceremony at Schällenmätteli

The ground breaking ceremony at Schällenmätteli marks the construction commencement of the new D-BSSE building. Read more 


D-BSSE Professor Martin Fussenegger New EMBO Member

Martin Fussenegger from the ETH Zurich Department of Biosystems Science and Engineering is newly elected EMBO member. The European Molecular Biology Organisation promotes excellence in life sciences. Read more 

Call Research Proposals

Research Proposals on Personalised Medicine 2017

The call concerns funding for joint projects between members of the ETH Zurich Department of Biosystems Science and Engineering and the University of Basel in the broad area of Personalised Medicine. The overall aim is to foster collaborative research projects and to intensify collaboration between the two institutions.

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International Conference
on Molecular Systems Engineering (ICMSE)

Date: August 27 - 29, 2017
University of Basel at the Kollegienhaus
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