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10.12.2016 | News

Congratulations to David Martinez-Martin

David has received the Excellence Award in Physics for the development of a picoscopic cell balance. The award is the highest distinction from the Spanish Professional Association of Physicists and recognizes the outstanding trajectories of scientists in different fields of physics with a focus on innovation and industrial applications.  Read more 

07.11.2016 | News

Congratulations to Michael Krieg!

Michael former PhD student of our lab has just accepted an offer from the prestigious Institute of Photonic Sciences in Barcelona, Spain (ICFO, In 2017 Michael, now a postdoctoral scholar at Stanford University, will start as a group leader/professor. In addition he just received an ERC grant. We wish you an outstanding time!!! Read more 

11.07.2016 | News

Stamp it!

Congrats to Rajib passing his PhD exams today. One of the great challenges in his project was to stamp neuronal cells! After an endless row of obstacles, hurdles, challenges, complications and … and … and the neuronal stamp worked out and Rajib could pioneer a new technology for nuerosciences (together with B. Roska, FMI). 

19.05.2016 | News

EMBO postdoctoral fellowship to Benjamin Gaub

Congratulations to Benjamin Gaub for being awarded a long-term EMBO postdoctoral fellowship. Benjamin, who received his PhD from the University of Berkeley, joined us as a postdoc to work on highly exciting and challenging projects in neurobiophysics.



Conference on Liposomes, Exosomes, and Virosomes: From Modeling Complex Membrane Processes to Medical Diagnostics and Drug Delivery

From 11.-16. Sepmetber 2016 we organize together with the Groups of Horst Vogel (EPFL), Lukas Tamm (University Virginia) and the Biophysical Society of the United Staates above conference to cover recent developments for investigating biochemical reactions and networks at, in, and across membranes of artificial and cell membrane-derived vesicles. The conference will take part at the beautiful Monte Verita in Ascona, Switzerland.  Read more 


NCCR Lunch Seminars

Don't miss the NCCR lunch seminars. Exciting science and tasy sandwiches provided.  


NCCR SeminBar

Don't miss the NCCR SeminBar! Internationally well known speakers present multidisciplinary science at the Ackermannshof in Basel. Jay's Indian Restaurant provides exciting drinks and food. After the talk life music will be presented and at very late times DJ Morbus (alias Max H.) will bring the vibes in a coll lounge atmosphere.


Group Retreat 2016

Don't miss the this year's group retreat from April 27-30. We will meet, present and discuss ongoing and future science atthe Hotel Bellevue in Davos/Switzerland (

Recent Publications

01.02.2017 | Publications

New Paper in Nature Communications

In our new paper we find that upon initiating cell adhesion αV-class integrins engaged to the extracellular matrix protein, fibronectin, signal to α5β1 integrins to establish additional adhesion sites and to strengthen cell adhesion. The cooperative crosstalk between both fibronectin-binding integrin classes towards establishing cell adhesion appears to be a basic cellular mechanism. See Bharadwaj et al Nat. Commun. Read more 

01.11.2016 | Publications

New Paper in Nature Nanotechnology!

Viral infection is initiated when a virus binds to cell surface receptors. However, the very first binding events of enveloped viruses are hardy understood. Here, we introduce an nanoscopic assay to image animal cells and to detect virus-binding events within the first ms of contact at high resolution. We observe how viruses quickly occupy binding sites of the viral glycoprotein to initiate virus fusion and uptake. See Alsteens et al. Nat. Nanotech. (2016) Read more 

08.09.2016 | Publications

New Paper in Nature Chemical Biology

Congrats to Tania. Her newest paper, appearing in Nature Chemical Biology, describes how the chaperone/translocase YidC supports the insertion and folding of the sugar transporter lactose permease LacY. YidC prevents the LacY polypeptide from misfolding and supports the stochastic and stepwise insertion and folding of structural segments until the folding of native LacY has been completed. The work was done together with Ron Kaback UCLA. Read more 

20.04.2016 | Publications

New paper in Nature Cell Biology

Congrats to Moritz to his new paper appearing in Nature Cell Biology. In collaboration with the Steinmetz group (PSI Villigen, Switzerland), Moritz applied high-resolution AFM to image engineered SAS-6-based oligomers with symmetries ranging from five- to ten-fold. SAS-6 proteins are thought to assemble an about nine-fold symmetric cartwheel structure which are important for centrioles to form centrosomes in eucaryotes. See M. Hilbert et al. Nature Cell Biology (2016) 18, 393-403. Read more 

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