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.
Laurent Goetschel | What connects foreign with peace policy
Professor Laurent Goetschel is a prominent media figure and a popular policy and public authority consultant. He is a recognized expert in issues surrounding peace policy and Swiss foreign policy. He began teaching and researching at the University of Basel in 2000.
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.
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.
Madeleine Herren-Oesch | The global context of Europe
The Institute for European and Global Studies at the University of Basel (EIB) was founded in 1993 in reaction to the failed accession to the EEA. Prof. Madeleine Herren-Oesch has been in charge of the research institute since 2013. The historian, whose focus is on European history and the history of international organizations, previously taught at the University of Heidelberg, where she headed an Asian studies research project.
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.
Ansgar Kahmen | How plants are reacting to climate change
How will the landscape look in Switzerland in 50 years? Ansgar Kahmen, professor of sustainable land use at the University of Basel’s Institute of Botany, studies how our flora is reacting to climate change.
Frank Krysiak | Sustainability from the perspective of the economic sciences
Frank Krysiak is exploring the question of how exactly to define sustainability from an economic perspective while attempting to take uncertainties and risks into consideration. Worldwide, only about 30 researchers work with methods similar to Krysiak’s, although there are considerable uncertainties pertaining to the consequences of environmental problems such as climate change.
Roderick Lim | Tissue analysis using nanotechnology
Cancer cells can metastasize and spread quickly, forming secondary tumors in various organs of the body. This is why people suffering from cancer depend on quick diagnostic results. A fast and reliable diagnosis of the tumor’s aggressiveness would thus be a decisive advantage in the fight against cancer.
Patrick Maletinsky | The physics of the smallest particles
In a lab full of futuristic looking devices, Professor Patrick Maletinsky is working on how to take theoretical quantum mechanics concepts and transform them into technical applications.
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.
Martino Poggio | A high resolution nano world
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has become an integral and indispensable part of medical diagnostics. Inflammations, injuries as well as tumors can be detected using MRI without exposing the patient to high levels of radiation. Using MRI to study tiny nanometer scale objects is, however, a research field that only opened up recently. The Argovia Professor Martino Poggio is one of the pioneers trying new ways to image the nanoscale world with ever better resolution.
Florian Seebeck “Nature is the embodiment of a sustainable system”
Florian Seebeck is fascinated by the molecules of life. “My work allows me a glimpse into nature’s chemistry lab,” says the professor from Basel, who is barely 40 years old. “What you find there is a veritable surprise package.”
Ralph Ubl | Doing research surrounded by museums
Basel offers the ideal conditions for studying art history. Because it has one of the highest concentrations of museums in Europe, this subject provides education that is closely intertwined with the arts. Image studies is therefore one research focus at the University of Basel. The National Center of Competence in Research (NCCR) Iconic Criticism, known as eikones, is also located here and has been directed by Prof. Ralph Ubl for the last four years.
Thomas Vetter | Mechanic analysis of images
“More and more things are becoming possible in the field of intelligent image analysis,” says Professor Thomas Vetter, a professor for computer science with a research focus on image sciences. His research group studies the recognition and analysis of images using methods of machine learning and computer graphics.
Richard J. Warburton | Quantum physics in a semiconductor
Semiconductor technologies such as those used in semiconductor circuits or semiconductor lasers are the building blocks of our computers and the foundation of high-speed data communications on the Internet. To speed them up, ever faster components have to be developed to pack a larger number of transistors onto the surface of a semiconductor chip. Nanoscale components developed in recent years and the resulting nanostructuring of semiconductors are not only a breakthrough for conventional electronics, but for quantum science as well.
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.
Dominik Zumbühl | Stable spins for the quantum computer
Dominik Zumbühl describes himself as a person fascinated by physics and driven by the compulsion to discover nature. For six years now, he and his own group in the Department of Physics at the University of Basel have been conducting research and making valuable discoveries in the area of basic research. His research focuses on experiments involving quantum transport in nanostructured materials at low temperatures.