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Current Topics in Systems Biology

The Seminar Series presents leading scientists lecturing on recent advances and developments in systems biology, including topics from biology, bioengineering, and computational biology.

Students who want to obtain credit points for attending the Seminar Series are asked to contact Tanja Stadler at the beginning of the course. All presentations take place in the Science Lounge (7th floor) of the Department of Biosystems Science and Engineering of ETH Zürich in Basel, on Tuesdays from 4:15 pm to 5:15 pm, followed by an aperitif.

To receive announcements of future seminar series, send an email request to to ask to be added to the email list.

To view the past talks in our Seminar Series, please visit our archive or click here

Seminar Series Spring 2017

Date Speaker Topic
14.02.17 Georg Seelig  Quantitative Biology and DNA Nanotechnology, University of Washington (USA) Technologies for Genomes Science: From single-cell sequencing to massively parallel reporter assays
21.02.17 Benenson Group  

Tiefenbacher Group


Intro speaker:

Daniel Bojar, 3rd place Science Slam Basel 2016


William Noble    Genome Sciences, University of Washington (USA)


Intro speaker:

Oskari Vinko, Winner FameLab International 2015

Machine learning methods for annotating and extending big, heterogeneous genomic data

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21.03.17 Nash Group
28.03.17 Nicola Aceto        Cancer Metastasis, University of Basel (Switzerland)

Dissecting cancer metastasis through the analysis of circulating tumor cells

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04.04.17 Trevor Bedford  Vaccine and Infectious Diseases, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (USA)

Real-time genomic surveillance of pathogen evolution and spread

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11.04.17 Beerenwinkel Group
25.04.17 Gerhard Holzapfel     Biomechanics, Graz University of Technology (Austria)

Biomechanics and Mechanobiology: A multidisciplinary field to solve problems and making predictions

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02.05.17 Borgwardt Group  
09.05.17 Iber Group  
16.05.17 Mathieu Coppey Light-based observation and controll of cellular organization, Institute Curie (France)

Controlling intracellular signaling with optogenetics

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23.05.17 Joshua N. Leonard Chemical and Biological Engineering, Northwestern University (USA)

Enabling design-driven medicine with synthetic biology: engineering programmable cell-based therapies

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30.05.17 Caroline Uhler Mathematical Statistics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA) TBD

Seminar Series Fall 2017

Date Speaker Topic
19.09.17 Pantazis Group  
03.10.17 ETH Silver Medal Presentations
10.10.17 Donald Engelman Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry, Yale University (USA)
17.10.17 Walter Kolch Biomolecular and biomedical research, UCD Conway Systems Biology (Ireland)
24.10.17 Rainer Spang Statistical Bioinformatics, University of Regensburg (Germany)  TBD
31.10.17 Dittrich Group  
07.11.17 Guido Sanguinetti Computation Biology & Bioinformatics, University of Edinburgh (UK)
14.11.17 Open TBD
21.11.17 Open
28.11.17 Open TBD
05.12.17 Reserved for internal seminar!  
12.12.17 Ashutosh Chilkoti Biomolecular Material & Biointerface Science, Duke University (USA) TBD
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