Welcome to the Biochemistry Department Website
Director : Prof. Marko Kaksonen
How are membranes organized and functioning in cells? In our department, we are addressing this question in a comprehensive manner, attacking the problem from many fronts: we are 7 groups with different strategies, model organisms (from yeast, through Dictyostelium, worms, flies, fish and human cells) and methodologies (from chemistry, biochemistry, cell biology, molecular biology, genetics, biophysics), but we all want to understand the role of lipids and proteins to organize the membrane system in the cell. Our work is therefore very interdisciplinary. As a consequence, the atmosphere in the department is highly interactive. Read more >>
We study the formation of spatial and temporal structures in individual biological cells and cells assemblies. The focus of our …
The main goal of our research is to understand the functions of membrane lipids in cell biology and physiology. To this end, we …
Cells and organelles are separated by 2D fluid lipid membranes, which have peculiar mechanical properties.
Cellular and molecular mechanisms of phagocytosis and cell-autonomous defences against mycobacteria infection.
ACCESS Geneva is a facility specialized in image-based high-content screening (HCS) and high-throughput screening (HTS). We prov…
New paper in NATURE
Morphogen gradient scaling by recycling of intracellular Dpp
Maria Romanova-Michaelides, Zena Hadjivasiliou, Daniel Aguilar-Hidalgo, Dimitris Basagiannis, Carole Seum, Marine Dubois, Frank Jülicher & Marcos Gonzalez-Gaitan