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



Chameleon proteins make individual cells visible

Motorische Nervenzellen im Rückenmark einer lebenden Zebrafisch-Larve

Researchers discovered a new mechanism of how fluorescent proteins can change colour. It enables the microscopic visualization of individual cells in their three-dimensional environment in living organisms. Read more 


Janina Linnik (Stelling Group) wins first Basel FameLab

Jana Linnik wins FameLab

Janina Linnik won the first edition of "FameLab" in Basel with a short talk on her influenza-vaccination project. Read more 


D-BSSE hightlights in the current issue of Cell Structure: Tetiana Serdiuk's Lactose Permeases article and Stefan Weiser's fishermen cover photo

Stefan Weiser - Cover Cell Structure

Tetiana Serdiuk (Müller Group) published her article Observing a Lipid-Dependent Alteration in Single Lactose Permeases in Cell Structure. Stefan Weiser's photo of two fishermen made it onto the cover. Read more 


Sven Panke's publication in Angewandte Chemie International Edition

Sven Panke, Nina Wagner, Andreas Bosshart, Jurek Failmezger and Matthias Bechtold published their article A Separation-Integrated Cascade Reaction to Overcome Thermodynamic Limitations in Rare-Sugar Synthesis in Angewandte Chemie International Edition. Read more 


From blue pill to blue light

Foto: iStockphoto.com

Taking men’s concerns seriously: ETH biotechnologists are developing a biotech solution for erectile dysfunction that consists of a gene construct and a blue light. Read more 

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