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University of Basel

Life Sciences: Portraits

Prof. Dr. Silvia Arber
Silvia Arber

Silvia Arber | The development of neuronal circuits in mind

Silvia Arber is one of the most successful biologists in Switzerland. The neurobiologist studies the establishment and function of neuronal circuits controlling motor behavior.

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Daniela Finke
Daniela Finke

Daniela Finke | Networking as the basis for success

Daniela Finke is a professor at the University Children’s Hospital Basel (UKBB) and the Department of Biomedicine. She is an enthusiastic developmental immunologist with a commitment to the next generation of early career researchers. Together with LearnTechNet Basel, she has developed a teaching module in which students learn how to participate effectively in a scientific congress.

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Michael N. Hall
Michael N. Hall

Michael N. Hall | The discovery of the cell growth controller TOR

In the early 90s, the biochemist Michael Hall discovered a key protein in cell communication that regulates both cell growth and metabolism and is thus central to the life of cells and organisms.

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Markus H. Heim
Markus H. Heim

Markus H. Heim | Interferon efficacy under scrutiny

Chronic infection with the hepatitis C virus is one of the most common causes of liver disease and can even lead to cirrhosis or cancer of the liver. The current treatment option – using pegylated interferons in combination with ribavirin – can take up to twelve months and often puts great stress on the patient.

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Jörg Huwyler
Jörg Huwyler

Jörg Huwyler | Tiny Trojan horses as drug carriers

At the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, the pharmacists, engineers and biologists in the Division of Pharmaceutical Technology are passionate about developing innovative drug formulations. With particular dosage forms, medicines can be delivered to the body in an efficient and controlled fashion. Drugs can therefore be guided across cellular barriers and directed to diseased tissues or organs within the body.

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Nancy Hynes
Nancy Hynes

Nancy Hynes | A unique environment for cancer research

Nancy Hynes is the “grande dame” of research into breast cancer in Switzerland. For more than 25 years she has committed her research efforts to a better understanding of the molecular processes that cause breast cancer, in particular the signaling proteins that contribute to cancer development.

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Wolfgang Meier
Wolfgang Meier

Wolfgang P. Meier | A vision of clean drinking water

At the Swiss Nanoscience Institute (SNI), physicists, biologists, chemists and engineers interact closely together. One of their long-term goals is to develop completely new methods of producing clean drinking water.

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David Shaw
David Shaw

David Shaw | Ethics: more than just an opinion

The Institute for Biomedical Ethics (IBMB) is responsible for research on and teaching of bioethics and medical ethics at the University of Basel. The IBMB is a cross-disciplinary institute of the University of Basel. As such, it is associated with both the Faculty of Medicine and Science – a unique situation in Switzerland. As Senior Research Fellow, Dr. David Shaw is part of the Institute’s research and teaching efforts.

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Penelope Vounatsou
Penelope Vounatsou

Penelope Vounatsou | Modeling to predict disease burden

Penelope Vounatsou analyzes space-time data related to malaria, schistosomiasis and other neglected tropical diseases, mortality and cancer epidemiology.

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Mihaela Zavolan
Mihaela Zavolan

Mihaela Zavolan | Big decisions with small regulators

Mihaela Zavolan’s career path has been somewhat unusual: In 1992 she graduated with an MD degree from the University of Medicine and Pharmacy of Timisoara, Romania, then moved to the USA to work on computational biology.

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