• Monday, 14 May 2018

    Lunch Meeting with Gordian Born from the Martin group talking about "Engineering of insulin producing tissue constructs".

     

     

  • SeminBar: May 3 @ SUD

    This public seminar at the bar features international lecturers on molecular systems engineering: Prof. Thomas Heinemann will talk about ethics of synthetic biology > more

Biomedical tattoo as an early warning sign for cancer

NCCR MSE researchers working in the Fussenegger group have developed a synthetic gene network that serves as an early warning system for the four most common types of cancer. Should a tumour develop, a visible mole will appear on the skin. > Read more

Novel method for reductive amination with unprecedented spatial and temporal control

Chemists of the NCCR MSE developed a method for reductive amination that relies on the use of visible light and vitamin C. Reductive amination is an important reaction leading to many pharmaceutically relevant products. The new light-driven method developed at University of Basel permits unprecedented spatial and temporal control. The overall reaction involves a two-electron reduction, and light-driven multi-electron transfer is a key research focus in the group of Oliver Wenger. > Read more

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 MSE, is the Royal Society of Chemistry Bioinorganic Chemistry Award winner for 2017. > Read more 

NCCR MSE sets up ethics think tank with PAL in Rome

Rev. Renzo Pegorara, chancellor of the PAL, during the ICMSE ethics debate in Basel.

Following our acclaimed ethics panel held during the 1st ICMSE in August 2017, the NCCR MSE teams up together with the Pontifical Academy for Life (PAL) in Rome to build a think tank focusing on the ethical implications of synthetic biology and molecular systems engineering. This think tank will

  • analyze and debate current and/or emerging ethical conflicts which may arise in the course of our research and
  • organize seminars and lectures aimed to train NCCR MSE fellows and PIs in participating responsibly in the ethical communication process.

Since our research in phase II will increase its focus on the therapeutic potential of molecular systems engineering (e.g. vision restoration; metabolic disorders; systems immunooncology), we are convinced that the PAL as a leading global networker and contributor to the academic field of bioethics will be an inspiring and challenging partner in our ethical discourse. As the agreement about this cooperation on a co-leading level has just been signed, a first meeting will be held in Rome in summer 2018 to set up a concept, strategy and timetable for this exceptional platform for ethical discourse.

Best science images of 2017

The image accompanying a recent paper from the Müller group got selected by Nature as one of the best science images of 2017! The image shows a cantilever scale designed to detect minute fluctuations in a living cell’s mass. > Read more

New Institute for Eye Research headed by two NCCR MSE members

The University of Basel, the University Hospital Basel and Novartis announced the launch of IOB, the Institute of Molecular and Clinical Ophthalmology Basel. This new research institute will be led by two world renowned experts in the field of ophthalmic research and ophthalmology, and members of NCCR MSE, Prof. Dr. Botond Roska and Prof. Dr. Hendrik Scholl. > Read more (in german).

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

Talking Science

Workshops and competitions in science communication

FameLab

Science Slam Basel

Upcoming Events MSE

Tue, April 24

Thu, May 3

  • SeminBar @ SUD with Prof. Thomas Heinemann from the Philosophisch-Theologische Hochschule Vallendar.

Various dates/events 

NCCR Flexibility Grants

New NCCR Flexibility Grants are available to postdocs and doctoral students who have to look after children at an important stage in their career and are in need of more flexibility. > Read more

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



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