• SeminBar: 2 Nov. @ SUD

    This public seminar at the bar features international lecturers on molecular systems engineering: Prof. Bradley Hyman (Harvard Medical School) will talk about Alzheimer's disease. > more

  • Careers in Science

    The Symposium on “Careers in Science: Academia and beyond” will be held in November 29-30, 2017, Campus Biotech, Geneva. This event is open to all Master & PhD students, as well as postdocs in all science disciplines. > Read more

  • MONDAY 20 November

    For members only - now on Mondays: Qi Zhang from the Tiefenbacher-Group. He will be introduced by Duy Tien Ta from the Nash-Group

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  • MONDAY 18 December

    For members only - now on Mondays: Lunch Meeting witJuan Liu from the Palivan-Group. She will be introduced by Qi Zhang from the Tiefenbacher-Group.

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  • ICMSE 2017

    Severin Schwan, CEO Roche Group, welcomed the ICMSE 2017 at the Roche Tower. More pictures from the conference here.

Artificial Molecular Doors Controlling Nanofactories

Researchers at the NCCR MSE succeeded in modifying membrane proteins to switch catalytic nano-compartments on and off depending on the pH. The results have been published in the scientific journal ACS Nano Letters. > Read more

Holograms for molecules

Scientists at the NCCR MSE and Roche have developed a completely new method for the analysis of molecules in liquids on a chip. The possible applications of this technology are immense. It has the potential, among other things, to revolutionise medical diagnostics. > Read more

Nanocapsules Enable Cell-Inspired Metabolic Reactions

Researchers at the NCCR MSE succeeded in developing capsules capable of producing the bio-molecule glucose-6-phosphate that plays an important role in metabolic processes. > Read more

Champions League

Matthias Egger, president of the National Research Council of the SNSF, talks about fostering talents. > Read more (in german)

EMBO and the National Academy of Engineering welcome new members

Prof. Martin Fussenegger was elected by EMBO as member (more) and by the National Academy of Engineering as foreign member (more) in the class of 2017. > Read more

Thomas Ward wins Royal Society of Chemistry award

Thomas Ward, Professor of Bioinorganic Chemistry at the University of Basel and Director of the NCCR Molecular Systems Engineering, is the Royal Society of Chemistry Bioinorganic Chemistry Award winner for 2017. > Read more 

Lynn Hershman Leeson visits the NCCR MSE

American artist and filmmaker Lynn Hershman Leeson will visit the NCCR MSE in Basel on October 27, 1-4 pm. After a short tour of our D-BSSE labs there will be a discussion between Hershman and members of our NCCR. For more than 40 years the CA and NY based artist has combined art with social commentary, focusing in particular on the relationship between technology and people. If you are interested to participate in this Art of Molecule event contact Ralf Stutzki (ralf.stutzki(at)unibas.ch).

2018 International Symposium on Chemical Biology

January 10-12, 2018

Campus Biotech, Geneva.

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SCNAT "Prix Schläfli"

Rewarding the best Swiss PhDs in the natural sciences: The "Prix Schläfli" is awarded by the Swiss Academy of Sciences (SCNAT) to young scientists for excellent articles resulting from PhDs in
natural sciences.
Deadline to submit nominations: 31 October 2017. > Read more

Careers in Science: Academia and beyond

November 29-30, 2017

Campus Biotech, Geneva.

Talking Science

Workshops and competitions in science communication


Science Slam Basel

Air Miles Reduction

The University of Basel participates in the virtual conference on Air Miles Reduction. Online, 30 Oct. - 6 Nov. 2017. More here.

Upcoming Events MSE

Friday, October 27

  • Lynn Hershman @D-BSSE

November 2

  • SeminBar @Ackermannshof with Prof. Brad Hyman

November 17

Monday, November 20

Monday, December 18

Various dates/events 

Art of Molecule

Kanal K presents: "Art of Molecule: Ethik als Brückenbauer zwischen Naturwissenschaften und Gesellschaft".

Friday, October 27, 8 pm

FM 94,9 - 103,4 - 92,2 MHz, or Livestream

Radio X presents: "Art of Molecule: Dokumentation eines aussergewöhnlichen Projekts".

Saturday, October 28, 4 pm
Sunday, October 29, 10 am

FM 94,5 - 93,6 - 88,3 MHz, or Livestream

Listen to the announcement:

Sound of Molecules – I. fiddle (with)

This audio-visual production represents a milestone in the on-going cooperation between NCCR MSE and argovia philharmonic and a most unusual communication tool meant to stimulate the societal debate about the ethical challenges of synthetic biology. > Read more

Ralf's corner

You know what? Scientific paradigmatic breakthroughs of overwhelming magnitude capable of becoming major milestones which herald the golden age of natural sciences and push mankind on the cusp of a new era in human history simply do not impress me anymore. > Read more

ICMSE Conference

Thank you for your attendance. See you again at the 2nd International Conference on Molecular Systems Engineering in 2019! More here.

Art of Molecule

Take a look at the projects of NCCR fellows and students of the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK) exploring new horizons at the interface between science and art.

What is Molecular Systems Engineering?

Combining the disciplines of biology, chemistry, and physics with bioinformatics and engineering, the goal is to engineer and to combine molecular modules to design “molecular factories”. > more in English / > mehr auf Deutsch