The Life Sciences are a priority at both the EPFL and the University of Geneva. Exploiting the power of chemistry to make progress in biology fits the desired direction of both institutions. Neither biologists nor chemists alone can solve the mechanisms of life and devise cures for diseases. Researchers and students of both disciplines need to cross into the other field to take advantage of their complementary expertises and approaches to be able to make significant progress in the understanding of the mechanisms of life. The NCCR Chemical Biology has been awarded funds from the SNSF to make our mark not only with exceptional cutting-edge research and platform development, but also with education.
Master degree in Chemical Biology
A central pillar of our efforts to train the next generation of chemical biologists is the Master degree program in Chemical Biology, launched in 2014. Jointly organised by the University of Geneva and EPFL, the major goal is to train in interdisciplinary science, with emphasis on chemistry, biophysics and biology. We are very proud of this achievement, as it is the first such master in Switzerland but as it also strengthens the links between both universities. The programme includes interesting fellowship perspectives for exceptional students while financially supporting its students during their internships.
At the postgraduate level, the NCCR Chemical Biology provides opportunities to join the network either as a PhD student or a post-doctoral fellow, and to collaborate with one or more of our senior researchers. Working within the sphere of the NCCR Chemical Biology means training within the premises of world-class institutions, with the support of state-of-the-art facilities, working closely with faculty members who are leaders in their field and publishing in leading journals. Young researchers are ideally positioned to engage in multidisciplinary collaborative research covering five major research projects and to develop all the necessary skills to become chemical biologists able to tackle major problems that are beyond the scope of conventional research disciplines.
MOOC on Chemical Biology
Created by the University of Geneva and a passionate team from the NCCR Chemical Biology, the MOOC, displayed on Coursera, introduces concepts and techniques in chemical biology. It targets a large spectrum of students in science, scientists and science educators.