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Life Science Zurich Graduate School
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The whole range of the Life Sciences

From Structural Biology to Biomedical Ethics and Systems Biology of Complex Diseases

Research Areas

Biomedical Ethics

During the last decades, developments in biomedical sciences have challenged social norms, ethical and legal boundaries. Cloning, end of life decisions, embryonic stem cell research, assisted reproductive technologies have triggered ongoing political, philosophical, and legal debates. There is an increasing need for experts in biomedical ethics who can adequately address the emerging issues at the national and international level.

Cancer Biology

In order to combat cancer, we need to identify its underlying causes through intensive and multidisciplinary research. Oncology research experts and clinicians from the University of Zurich, ETH Zurich, three hospitals and the Paul Scherrer Institute represent areas of basic, clinical and translational cancer research and are closely collaborating in matters concerning diagnosis, prognosis, therapy and prevention of cancer.

Epidemiology & Biostatistics

The new PhD program in Epidemiology and Biostatistics of the University of Zurich is one of the 14 programs of the Life Science Zurich Graduate School offering a dynamic and stimulating international research environment. The overall goal is to train PhD students as methodologists with specialized skills in designing, conducting and analyzing studies in a biomedical research context.

Evolutionary Biology & Environmental Sciences

Cutting-edge research is carried out to advance the scientific understanding of living organisms and their interactions in the environment. To reach this goal a multidisciplinary mixture of approaches from ecology, evolution and environmental sciences is used to study a wide variety of organisms and ecosystems.

Integrative Molecular Medicine

Integrative physiology combines research on the level of molecules, cells, organs and the whole organism with the aim to bring the complex functions of the human body into focus. Basic and clinically-oriented research groups cover topics from A as in auto-immune diseases to Z as in zebrafish mutants.

Microbiology and Immunology

In a collaborative environment, research projects are carried out in basic, environmental and medical microbiology, veterinary bacteriology, biochemistry, bacterial and viral pathogenesis, virology, infection biology, experimental and clinical immunology, evolution and parasitology.

Molecular and Translational Biomedicine

The Competence Center for Systems Physiology and Metabolic Diseases integrates Biology, Medicine, Engineering and Computer Sciences. It brings the power of systems biology to physiology and medicine and aims to develop the scientific foundation for personalized medicine.


Clinical and applied research groups cover the entire spectrum of neuroscience ranging from molecular and cellular processes in the brain over physiology and diseases of the nervous system to computational modeling and psychology.

Plant Science

Research is carried out in the most challenging areas of plant sciences relating to molecular plant biology, environmental sciences, systematic botany and agronomy. A special focus is set at the interface between policy, public and research. Structural Biology Research projects are directed towards the elucidation of structure-function relationships of membrane proteins and supramolecular assemblies. The results will provide a deeper understanding of basic functions of life at the molecular level. This knowhow may provide the starting point for the development of novel medicines and therapeutic approaches.

Systems Biology

Systems Biology aims at the quantitative analysis and predictive mathematical modeling at all levels of biological organization. Our researchers belong to several institutes and departments at the University of Zurich and the ETH Zurich and cover various disciplines in Computer Science, (Bio)Informatics, Biological Sciences and Engineering.

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