Department of Biosystems Science and Engineering

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Interdisciplinary biotechnology research and education of ETH in Basel

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 department includes researchers from disciplines such as biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, computer science (informatics), and engineering. The collective aims 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

Research at the D-BSSE covers many topics, all of which are biologically relevant. The diversity of our professors enables the research groups to study biological questions from different perspectives. This, in turn, means that the department entertains a wide range of research thrusts and approaches. There is as much experimental work in engineering and wet laboratories in this department as there is theoretical work carried out exclusively on computers. The integration of experiments, theory, and development of novel systems is what sets the D-BSSE apart from other departments and makes it such an attractive research environment.

It is this variety of research approaches, which are impossible to represent in one single image, that inspired the design of our Enzo.


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