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Life Sciences - Health - 24.05.2024
FMI senior group leader Prisca Liberali joins ETH Zurich as professor
FMI senior group leader Prisca Liberali joins ETH Zurich as professor

Life Sciences - 22.02.2024
Largest study of developmental microRNA dynamics uncovers mechanism of their regulation
Largest study of developmental microRNA dynamics uncovers mechanism of their regulation
Gene expression is controlled by numerous small RNA molecules called microRNAs, or miRNAs. However, specific functions of most miRNAs remain poorly understood. Working in worms, FMI researchers created an encyclopedia of miRNA dynamics during development, uncovering mechanisms of their regulation. The findings help to better understand typical development and may reveal how these tiny molecules contribute to disease when they become dysfunctional.

Life Sciences - Career - 05.02.2024
Congratulations to our 2023 fellows and prize winners

Life Sciences - Computer Science - 25.10.2023
Charlotte Soneson: embracing the command line

Life Sciences - Event - 28.09.2023
FMI science prizes — winners 2023

Economics - Life Sciences - 20.09.2023
From postdoc to entrepreneur
After a 1.5-year postdoc in the Liberali lab — where he co-developed and tested a new microscope to track the development of organoids in real time — Andrea Boni co-founded a company that provides live-imaging systems based on a revolutionary microscopy technology.

Life Sciences - Health - 30.06.2023
Zeroing in on how the ’guardian of the genome’ works
The tumor suppressor protein p53 has been dubbed the 'guardian of the genome' because it protects the DNA from stress or long-term damage by regulating the expression of numerous genes involved DNA repair, cell division and cell death. Now, FMI researchers have homed in on some of the mechanisms that regulate the activation of p53 target genes.

Life Sciences - Health - 27.06.2023
Molecular 'hub' regulates gene-silencing proteins
Molecular ’hub’ regulates gene-silencing proteins
To keep their vital functions in balance, many organisms use small snippets of RNA to 'silence' messenger RNAs that code for certain proteins. New research from FMI scientists revealed a molecular hub that integrates the activities of different protein complexes involved in such RNA silencing. The findings provide insights into a key mechanism that helps to coordinate cellular functions.

Event - Health - 13.06.2023
Zuzanna Kozicka: diversity in science and 'molecular glues'
Zuzanna Kozicka: diversity in science and ’molecular glues’

Life Sciences - Health - 25.04.2023
The double-helix 70 years on: five FMI studies that helped decipher the DNA
The double-helix 70 years on: five FMI studies that helped decipher the DNA
On April 25, 1953 an iconic research paper was published in the journal Nature: the description of the double-helix structure of the DNA, by James Watson and Francis Crick. Their study revolutionized the field of molecular biology and laid the foundation for modern genetics and genomics. Seventy years later, there remains a lot to discover about the "molecule of life" and scientists at the FMI are at the forefront of such research.

Life Sciences - Career - 13.02.2023
Congratulations to our 2022 fellows
FMI researchers are awarded competitive grants and fellowship throughout the year, which speaks for the quality and potential of their work.

Research Management - Career - 08.02.2023
Luca Giorgetti receives SNSF Consolidator Grant

Life Sciences - Campus - 18.01.2023
Becoming a lab head
In this new series, we feature FMI alumni and the diverse careers they have chosen after leaving our institute.

Life Sciences - 13.12.2022
Time to part: how to produce sex cells with the right number of chromosomes
Time to part: how to produce sex cells with the right number of chromosomes
FMI researchers have honed in on a key process that happens when yeast cells divide to form gametes, which are the equivalents of human sperm and egg.

Life Sciences - Physics - 05.12.2022
Mighty proteins keep DNA regions close for longer
Mighty proteins keep DNA regions close for longer
New work by FMI researchers shows that key proteins help to stabilize the interaction between otherwise highly dynamic DNA structures.

Career - 25.10.2022
Spotlight on FMIers: Marilyn Vaccaro

Life Sciences - Event - 26.09.2022
FMI science prizes - winners 2022
The three FMI internal science prizes are awarded yearly and recognize respectively the best thesis, the best postdoc study and an ingenious new method or tool.

Career - 21.07.2022
Spotlight on FMIers: the PhD reps

Life Sciences - Chemistry - 29.06.2022
Watching how cells deal with stress
Watching how cells deal with stress
FMI researchers developed an imaging approach that allowed them to visualize individual molecules involved in the cell's response to stress. When a cell is exposed to stressors such as toxins, it switches on pathways aimed at repairing damage. One of these pathways is called the 'unfolded protein response', which senses unfolded or misfolded proteins in the endoplasmic reticulum — a cell organelle designated for folding proteins destined to other organelles or to be secreted by the cell.

Chemistry - Event - 24.06.2022
Prisca Liberali awarded EMBO Gold Medal 2022
Prisca Liberali awarded EMBO Gold Medal 2022

Research Management - Life Sciences - 20.06.2022
Andreas Lüthi receives SNSF Advanced Grant
Andreas Lüthi receives SNSF Advanced Grant

Life Sciences - Health - 13.06.2022
Spotlight on FMIers: Iskra Katic
At first glance, Caenorhabditis elegans , or C. elegans for short, isn't exactly awe-inspiring.

Life Sciences - 15.05.2022
What it is like to be a researcher
What it is like to be a researcher

Life Sciences - Health - 26.04.2022
Nicolas Thomä receives the Otto Naegeli Prize 2022

Life Sciences - Health - 03.03.2022
Brain Prize 2022 for Silvia Arber
Brain Prize 2022 for Silvia Arber

Pharmacology - Health - 16.02.2022
A 'resolution revolution': how cryo-EM accelerates biomedicine and drug discovery
A ’resolution revolution’: how cryo-EM accelerates biomedicine and drug discovery

Health - Life Sciences - 04.02.2022
Spotlight on FMIers: Gisèle Ferrand
To discover the molecular mechanisms of health and disease, some FMI researchers use animals such as mice and fish.

Life Sciences - Health - 27.01.2022
Congratulations to our fellowship winners

Life Sciences - 23.12.2021
How neurons that wire together fire together
For amplifying sensory stimuli quickly and accurately, neuronal circuits require specific wiring. Some 70 years ago, the compelling idea that "neurons that fire together wire together" emerged. Yet, in computational models, neurons that wire together tend to succumb to an explosion of activity and instability not observed in neurobiology.

Life Sciences - Chemistry - 24.11.2021
Studying the understudied in human biology: a chat with Margherita Yayoi Turco
Studying the understudied in human biology: a chat with Margherita Yayoi Turco

Life Sciences - Career - 19.11.2021
Eccellenza Fellowship for Friedemann Zenke

Career - Event - 16.11.2021
Susan Gasser receives honorary doctorate from the University of Fribourg
Susan Gasser receives honorary doctorate from the University of Fribourg

Life Sciences - Event - 05.11.2021
Congratulations to the winners of the FMI Science Prizes 2021

Life Sciences - Health - 01.11.2021
Research areas

Health - Life Sciences - 27.10.2021
Research grant for Silvia Arber to investigate Parkinson's
Research grant for Silvia Arber to investigate Parkinson’s
Silvia Arber - group leader at the FMI and at the Biozentrum, University of Basel - and a team of international experts receive 8 million Swiss Francs from the Aligning Science Across Parkinson's (ASAP) initiative to investigate Parkinson's.

Event - Computer Science - 29.08.2021
Charlotte Soneson wins Bioconductor Award 2021
Charlotte Soneson wins Bioconductor Award 2021

Health - 16.08.2021
Spotlight on FMIers: Marco Pregnolato

Life Sciences - 06.07.2021
Pico Caroni awarded 2021 Science Prize of the city of Basel

Campus - 07.06.2021
'Mentor matching' helps new PhD students get started during the pandemic
’Mentor matching’ helps new PhD students get started during the pandemic

Life Sciences - Psychology - 26.05.2021
'Tug of war' between neurons tells the brain when to fear — and when not to be afraid
’Tug of war’ between neurons tells the brain when to fear — and when not to be afraid
Fear protects us by making us alert to danger, but the persistence of fearful memories can lead to serious mental conditions. Now, an international team of researchers co-led by Andreas Lüthi has found that the activity of different cells in the brain's threat-detector hub regulates the switch between high and low fear states.

Life Sciences - Campus - 05.05.2021
Spotlight on FMIers: Gergely Tihanyi

Life Sciences - 28.04.2021
In remembrance of Andrew Matus
In remembrance of Andrew Matus

Life Sciences - Research Management - 22.04.2021
ERC Advanced Grant for Silvia Arber

Life Sciences - Career - 06.04.2021
FMI: Congratulations to our fellowship winners
April 6, 2021 We are pleased to announce the latest FMI winners of prestigious research fellowships, including EMBO, Maria Sklodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA), Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP) and Boehringer Ingelheim Funds (BIF).

Life Sciences - 17.03.2021
Spotlight on FMIers: Esther Griesbach

Life Sciences - 16.02.2021
Extensive remodeling of chromatin after DNA damage
In eukaryotes, histones are often modified and evicted at site of DNA double-strand breaks in order to facilitate end-resection and break repair. Together with the protein analysis facility of the FMI, the Gasser group has quantified massive changes in the chromatin associated proteome in response to DNA damage.

Health - Life Sciences - 01.02.2021
A key regulator for humoral immunity and B lymphoma
A key regulator for humoral immunity and B lymphoma
The generation of antibodies in B-cells takes place in a dynamic structure that forms during infections, the germinal center (GC).

Career - 28.01.2021
Susan Gasser elected director of the ISREC Foundation

Event - Life Sciences - 25.01.2021
Prisca Liberali awarded prestigious Friedrich Miescher Award
Prisca Liberali awarded prestigious Friedrich Miescher Award

Career - Life Sciences - 07.12.2020
Interview with Susan Gasser, FMI Director Emeritus
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