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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.



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 


Medicine is awash in data

Genomics, digital patient files and real-time health surveillance – never before have we had access to so much health data. Three ETH researchers explain how they extract relevant information from this sea of data and the potential benefits for personalised medicine. Read more 


New research tools

At the age of 29, biotechnologist Randall Platt has already achieved a lot: more than 1,000 research laboratories around the world use a method that he developed. But he is also the family man who recently took on a professorship at ETH. Read more 


Revealing how neurons communicate

The ETH spinoff MaxWell Biosystems AG develops microelectrode platforms for electrophysiological tests on nerve cells, opening up new possibilities for pharmaceutical research. Now, the company received CHF 130,000 in starting capital from the Venture Kick initiative 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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