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University of Basel

Researchers at the University of Basel

The University of Basel is a research institution with regional roots and international networks. As a high-profile full university, it creates optimal research conditions and regards the increasing competition as an incentive to constantly improve and position itself both nationally and internationally. It owes its innovative strength to the achievements of its researchers. Researchers present themselves as representatives of all research groups:

Sabine Huebner
Sabine Huebner

Sabine Huebner | New Perspectives on the Ancient World

Climate change, family life, pandemics – ancient historian Sabine Huebner investigates the everyday life of people 2000 years ago and is frequently inspired by current events.

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Tania Barkat
Tania Barkat

Tania Barkat | How does the Brain hear?

If you can't hear properly, you can't communicate properly. The cause of this problem does not always lie in the ear, but also in the brain. Neuroscientist Tania Barkat is therefore investigating how the brain processes sounds, and why this sometimes doesn't work out.

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Frank Krysiak
Frank Krysiak

Frank Krysiak | Sustainability from the Perspective of the Economic Sciences

Frank Krysiak explores the question of what exactly sustainability is from an economic perspective. In doing so, he is taking into account uncertainties as well as risks and applies the results to topics like energy and climate policy.

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Julia Tischler
Julia Tischler

Julia Tischler | Learning from Africa

Knowledge and innovation flow in only one direction – from rich to poor. Julia Tischler, professor for African History at the University of Basel, questions this common notion. She wants to find out what western industrialized nations can learn from Africa, for example in the health sector.

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Michael N. Hall
Michael N. Hall

Michael N. Hall | The Discovery of TOR: From the Lab to the Clinic

In the early 1990s, the biochemist Michael N. Hall discovered the protein “TOR” in yeast cells. It later emerged that TOR centrally controls cell growth in many organisms and is implicated in many diseases such as diabetes and cancer. The discovery of TOR has led to new therapeutic strategies.

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Jelena Klinovaja
Jelena Klinovaja

Jelena Klinovaja | Step by Step to a Quantum Computer

As a theoretical physicist, Jelena Klinovaja is constantly developing new ideas and calculating whether they can be put into practice - for example for the construction of a powerful quantum computer.

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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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Dominik Zumbühl
Dominik Zumbühl

Dominik Zumbühl | Quantum Computer Revolution

The Qubit, like the transistor, will revolutionize our society. Nobody knows exactly when, but Dominik Zumbühl is convinced the time is approaching. He and his research group are working on producing stable and scalable qubits. These qubits will enable the quantum computer to achieve a computing power many times greater than that of today's supercomputers.

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Cornelia Palivan
Cornelia Palivan

Cornelia Palivan | Innovation in Miniature Format

In her search for novel applications, physicist Cornelia Palivan combines artificial materials with biological substances. Among other things, this results in tiny molecular factories for the therapy and diagnosis of diseases.

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Florina Ciorba
Florina Ciorba

Florina Ciorba | Supercomputers for Improving Lives

High-performance computers have revolutionized science and industry. Computer scientist Professor Florina Ciorba looks at ways of optimizing the interactions between machines. In her work, she also encounters numerous parallels with the real world.

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Patrick Maletinsky
Patrick Maletinsky

Patrick Maletinsky | Unravelling the Mysteries of Nanophysics with Spins and Diamonds

In a lab full of futuristic looking devices, Professor Patrick Maletinsky is working on transforming theoretical quantum mechanics concepts into technical applications.

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Wolfgang Meier
Wolfgang Meier

Wolfgang P. Meier | A Combination of Nature and Chemistry

At the Swiss Nanoscience Institute (SNI), physicists, biologists, chemists and engineers work closely together. In interdisciplinary teams, they investigate very diverse questions.

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Ralph Ubl
Ralph Ubl

Ralph Ubl | Doing Research Surrounded by Museums

Basel offers ideal conditions for studying art history: In one of the richest museum landscapes in Europe, the discipline provides a distinctly art-oriented education. Thus, the study of the visual arts is one of the main areas of research at the University of Basel, and it is here that Eikones is located, the Center for the Theory and History of the Image.

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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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Ansgar Kahmen
Ansgar Kahmen

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.

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Martino Poggio
Martino Poggio

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. Martino Poggio is one of the pioneers trying new ways to image the nanoscale world with ever better resolution.

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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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Madeleine Herren-Oesch
Madeleine Herren-Oesch

Madeleine Herren-Oesch | The Global Context of Europe

The Institute for European and Global Studies at the University of Basel 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.

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Roderick Lim
Roderick Lim

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.

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Thomas Vetter
Thomas Vetter

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.

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Laurent Goetschel
Laurent Goetschel

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.

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Richard Warburton
Richard Warburton

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.

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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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Nicola Aceto
Nicola Aceto

Nicola Aceto | Tracking down Metastases

When cancer cells detach from tumors and enter the bloodstream, they can develop into metastases. Scientists of the Department of Biomedicine at the University of Basel are investigating how this process exactly works – which allows them to develop new ideas for cancer therapy.

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