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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



Prof. Tay's article published in Cell: "Noise Facilitates Transcriptional Control under Dynamic Inputs"

Article in Cell - Prof. Tay

Prof. Tay and his student Ryan Kellogg have published a landmark paper in Cell, where they used microfluidic single-cell analysis to show how dynamic immune signals lead to efficient gene expression, and the beneficial role of biological noise in this process.  Read more 


Prof. Khammash wins 2014 Golden Owl Award

Prof. Mustafa Khammash

Prof. Khammash awarded the Golden Owl at the annual ETH Day on 22 November, 2014. Read more 


Three researchers of ETH Zurich receive a SNSF Starting Grant

Karsten Borgwardt. (Photo: MPI-IS/Däfler)

Jennifer Rupp, Karsten Borgwardt and Joao Matos have received a SNSF Starting Grant. The funding level, duration and funding conditions are in line with those of the European Research Council (ERC). Read more 


ETH Zurich to host Amgen scholars


ETH Zurich joins a network of top education institutions to bridge the gap between engineering sciences and medicine through its collaboration with the Amgen Foundation Scholars Program. Read more 


Controlling genes with your thoughts

Photo: ETH Zürich

ETH researchers led by Professor Martin Fussenegger have developed the first gene network to be operated via brainwaves. Depending on the user’s thoughts, it can produce various amounts of a desired molecule. The inspiration behind the project was a game that picks up brainwaves in order to guide a ball through an obstacle course. Read more 

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