• Art of Molecule

    Klosterkirche Königsfelden, 5 pm, 23.10.2016

    Joint event with Tom Ward, director of this NCCR, argovia philharmonic and the world-class percussionist Evelyn Glennie. Concert, talk and poster presentation > more

  • Talk @ D-BSSE

    Science Lounge, D-BSSE, Basel: 22 Sept., 4.30 pm: How to get published in Nature and its sister journals? Kyle Legate is a Senior Editor at Nature Communications and will talk about how to choose the right journal to maximize your chances of publishing quickly. He will also explain the differences between the journals of the Nature family, and talk about the editorial process, providing insight into how editors make their decisions, what you can do when reviewers like your work, and your options when they don’t.

  • Basar Molekular: 27 Oct.@SUD

    SUD, Basel, 27 Oct., 7.20 pm, with Andrea Schenker-Wicki, rector University of Basel; Henryk M. Broder, publicist; Verena A. Briner, retired board member Novartis; Viola Vogel, project leader NCCR. Music: Pink Pedrazzi. With Apéro! Join us live at Sud in Basel or hear the broadcast on your radio-station. > more 
    Add Basar Molekular to your calendar.

  • SeminBar: 30 Nov. @ Jays

    Follow this public seminar at the bar on Facebook. It features international lecturers on molecular systems engineering: Prof. Tony Ryan (University of Sheffield/UK) will talk about '3 Millenia of Condoms'. > more

  • Artistic rendering of a 2/3 pyramidal cell (red) and its local presynaptic network (green). Image: B. Roska / D. J. Müller.
  • ICMSE Conference 27-29.8.17

    Read more about the program here!

What is Molecular Systems Engineering?

Combining the disciplines of biology, chemistry, physics with bioinformatics and engineering, the goal is to engineer and to combine molecular modules to design “molecular factories”. These molecular factories will be used for industrial production or to control cellular systems in health and disease. 
> more in English
> auf D.: Molecular Syst. Eng.

New Head NCCR MSE and new PIs

In March 2016, Prof. Wolfgang Meier transfered the leadership of the NCCR Molecular Systems Engineering to Prof. Thomas R. Ward. Read more here.

New NCCR-PIs Konrad TiefenbacherMichael Nash and Randall Platt.

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2017: Conference on molecular systems engineering

27 - 29 Aug. 2017: ICMSE - International Conference on Molecular Systems Engineering - is a biennial conference focussing on new developments in molecular systems engineering. It will feature speakers and participants from leading international research institutions. Click for more info and save the date now.

Public Events


  • 30 Nov.: Tony Ryan
  • 25 Jan. 2017: Dirk Trauner
  • 2 Nov. 2017: Brad Hyman
  • more to come

Basar Molekular:

For Members only

Monthly Lunch Meetings

Soft Skills: Read what Uni Basel and ETHZ offer in fall 2016.

NCCR-members: Please check the "Fellows Web" for more info.

Other events

This week's news

Bringing artificial enzymes closer to nature: Scientists at the NCCR Molecular Systems Engineering have developed an artificial metalloenzyme that catalyses a reaction inside of cells without equivalent in nature. This could be a prime example for creating new non-natural metabolic pathways inside living cells, as reported in Nature. > Read more


Chimia on Molecular Systems Engineering: Read Chimia 6/2016 with 12 scientific articles by various research groups from the NCCR Molecular Systems Engineering and an editorial by the directors.

More News

Read more news here.


New publications by members

  • 29/8/16: Bringing artificial enzymes closer to nature.
  • 25/7/2016: Synthetic Biology: Engineering a Chemical Switch into a Light-driven Proton Pump.
  • 19/7/2016: An amphiphilic graft copolymer-based nanoparticle platform for reduction-responsive anticancer and antimalarial drug delivery.
  • 29/6/2016: Chimia issue on 'Molecular Systems Engineering'.