NCCR Molecular Systems Engineering combines expertise from chemistry, biology, physics, bioinformatics, and engineering. The overreaching aim is to develop tools and devices to monitor and manipulate off-equilibrium (bio)chemical systems. In this manner, it should be possible to create molecular factories and cellular systems whose properties are more than sum of the attributes of the individual modules. These new system-level properties emerge through the interactions of chemical- and biological networks and may find applications in the synthesis of high added-value products, as innovative diagnostic tools and for the restoration of a desired cellular or organ function.
The research carried out within NCCR Molecular Systems Engineering consists of Research Projects divided into three Work Packages.
Each Research Project is headed by a Project Leader, who supervises fellows paid by NCCR funds and associated fellows that are involved in the research of the NCCR but are financed by other sources.
Eleven Joint Research Projects are headed by two (or more) Project Leaders and are usually associated with more than one Work Package.