Engineering non-immune cells to kill cancer cells

NCCR MSE researchers have reprogrammed normal human cells to create designer immune cells capable of detecting and destroying cancer cells. > Read more

How much does life weigh?

NCCR MSE researchers have developed a scale for measuring cells. It allows the weight of individual living cells, and any changes in this weight, to be determined quickly and accurately for the first time. The invention has also aroused significant interest both in and outside the field of biology. > Read more

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

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 

African and Asian policy-makers visit NCCR MSE

Thirty policy-makers from African and Asian countries with a mandate to implement changes relevant for intellectual property and innovation in relation to genetic resources recently visited our NCCR in Basel. > Read more

2018 International Symposium on Chemical Biology

January 10-12, 2018

Campus Biotech, Geneva.

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ICMSE Conference

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

Talking Science

Workshops and competitions in science communication


Science Slam Basel

Upcoming Events MSE

Monday, December 18

Various dates/events 

SRF Interview with Benjamin Gaub

Watch the interview with NCCR MSE fellow Benjamin Gaub from the Müller Group talking about vision restoration in the SRF 1 show gesundheitheute.

Lynn Hershman Leeson visits the NCCR MSE

American artist and filmmaker Lynn Hershman Leeson has long studied the relationship between technological innovation and human identity. For her latest project she visited the NCCR MSE on October 27 to discuss art and its role in bridging the gap between science and the public. > Read more (in german)

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

Premiere on August 27, 2017 in Basel with argovia philharmonic

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

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