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Self-image and values
ETH Zurich regards itself as an institution with regional and national roots that is fully integrated in the international academic community. It measures itself in all respects against the world’s leading universities – from its education and research to its management.

ETH Zurich follows these basic principles:
It enables creativity
ETH Zurich fosters a culture of empowerment. It makes space for creativity and backs innovative and unconventional ideas.
It encourages expertise and initiative
The university has great faith in the many and diverse skills and talents of its members and supports them regardless of their gender, age or cultural, religious or social background. Encouraging a wide range of opinions is part of the university’s institutional identity and is a key factor behind the high level of motivation among members of the university.
It links education and research
A university education at ETH Zurich is inseparably linked to fundamental research at the highest level. All academic members of ETH Zurich play a part in teaching students and try to involve them in their research as soon as possible.
It shares knowledge
The distinguishing feature of an education at ETH Zurich is the teaching of sound knowledge of mathematics and other fundamental sciences. Courses on the humanities and social and management sciences are also an integral part of the education provided by the university. They impart knowledge that is essential for gaining a thorough understanding of social issues.
It operates sustainably
The ideas and work of ETH Zurich are characterised by sustainability, not only in education and research, but in all aspects of university life.

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NOMIS Fellow
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Professor emerita of science and technology studies
Complexity Science Hub Vienna, ETH Zurich
Full professor
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Postdoctoral researcher
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Professor of philosophy
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Senior scientist in philosophy and history of knowledge
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Professor of Genome Biology
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Professor of Cryo-Electron Microscopy
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Professor for science studies
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March 31, 2024
ETH Zurich has announced the three postdoctoral fellows who will join the Centre for Origin and Prevalence of Life (COPL) at ETH as part of the NOMIS–ETH Fellowship Program. David […]
February 28, 2024
It might be that what set prebiotic chemistry in motion and kept it going in the early days of the Earth was dust from outer space accumulating in holes melted […]
January 3, 2024
The work of NOMIS researcher Martin Pilhofer, who holds the NOMIS-supported Professorship of Cryo-Electron Microscopy at ETH Zurich, was profiled in an article in Uplift, an ETH Foundation magazine. Pilhofer’s […]
November 3, 2023
The NOMIS Fellowship Programs at ETH Zurich, ISTA and the Salk Institute have been featured in an advertorial in Science. NOMIS Fellows David Brückner, Anna-Maria Globig, Maayan Levy, Zhi Liu and Craig […]
September 22, 2023
Researchers from the Centre for Origin and Prevalence of Life at ETH Zurich, including NOMIS–ETH Fellow Craig Walton, emerge from the inaugural conference of the Origins Federation with insightful perspectives […]
September 8, 2023
The 2023 call for applications for the NOMIS–ETH Fellowship Program within the Centre for Origin and Prevalence of Life is open! Applications are open until 10 November 2023 at 17:00 […]
April 17, 2023
Craig Walton has been named the first NOMIS–ETH Fellow at the Centre for Origin and Prevalence of Life at ETH Zurich. Dr. Walton is a planetary scientist, hailing from Scotland. His […]
March 10, 2023
In a collaborative paper published in Nature Microbiology, NOMIS researcher Martin Pilhofer and his group (IMBB, ETH Zurich), along with the Schlimpert research group (John Innes Centre, UK), show that […]
December 21, 2022
NOMIS researcher Martin Pilhofer and colleagues have published their research in Nature, suggesting that a complex actin-based cytoskeleton predated the emergence of the first eukaryotes and was a crucial feature […]
October 14, 2022
ETH Zurich has announced a call for proposals for the new NOMIS Foundation–ETH Fellowship Program. The NOMIS Foundation–ETH Fellowship Program supports incoming postdoctoral researchers at ETH Zurich within the Centre […]
September 2, 2022
In conjunction with the opening of the new Centre for Origin and Prevalence of Life at ETH Zurich, the NOMIS Foundation and ETH have launched the NOMIS Foundation–ETH Fellowship Program. […]
February 16, 2022
In their study of a putative CIS gene cluster in the marine bacterium Algoriphagus machipongonensis, NOMIS researcher Martin Pilhofer and colleagues have revealed several features that are required for assembly, […]
December 9, 2020
NOMIS researcher Martin Pilhofer, Professor of Cryo-Electron Microscopy at ETH Zurich, has been awarded a European Research Council (ERC) Consolidator Grant. The Consolidator Grants are intended to help outstanding researchers […]
September 7, 2020
NOMIS scientist Martin Pilhofer and colleagues have published their findings in Science, explaining how uromodulin filaments in urine bind the pili of uropathogenic bacteria and prevent them from adhering to […]
June 3, 2020
NOMIS scientist Jacob Corn has published a study in the journal Cell: “A Genome-wide ER-phagy Screen Highlights Key Roles of Mitochondrial Metabolism and ER-Resident UFMylation.” A summary follows. Selective autophagy […]
March 5, 2020
by Nic Ulmi Although everything seems to place science and belief in opposition, in reality, the barrier between them is far from watertight. The science historian Michael Hagner, whose background […]
February 12, 2020
(German-language article) Die Denker auf der Bühne (“The thinkers on stage”) by Uwe Justus Wenzel Pedanten und Galante, Gegengeisterseher und Resonanzkörperscanner: Ansätze zu einer zeitgenössischen Typenlehre des Philosophen im Kraftfeld […]
October 11, 2019
Recognizing their outstanding contributions to the advancement of science and human progress through their pioneering, innovative and collaborative research, the 2019 NOMIS Distinguished Scientist and Scholar Award was presented to […]
July 14, 2019
Researchers from ETH Zurich and the University of Tübingen have taken a high-resolution look at the structure and function of cell-to-cell connections in filamentous, multicellular cyanobacteria. This enables them to […]
May 24, 2019
Martin Pilhofer has been appointed Professor of Cryo-Electron Microscopy (Cryo-EM) at ETH Zurich, effective June 1, 2019. Prior to this appointment, Pilhofer held the position of assistant professor in the Department of Biology, Institute […]
February 5, 2019
Boston University: “Najam Chairs ‘Biodiversity Revisited’ Meeting at ETH-Zurich” Adil Najam, Dean of the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University, chaired a February 1, 2019 steering […]
December 14, 2018
Personalized medicine is changing the way clinicians approach diagnosis and treatment by tailoring therapy to individual molecular and genetic profiles. While the idea of tailored medical treatment is not new, […]
October 8, 2018
The ETH Zurich Foundation has published an article highlighting NOMIS Distinguished Scientist Don W. Cleveland’s lecture at ETH Zurich on Oct. 3, 2018. The talk, which was part of the […]
August 24, 2018
ETH Zurich has announced that it has obtained a new state-of-the-art cryo-electron microscopy device, is modernizing its existing equipment, and has established the Professorship of Cryo-Electron Microscopy, which will enable […]
March 13, 2018
Jacob Corn has been appointed Professor of Genome Biology at ETH Zurich. Corn is the founding scientific director of the Innovative Genomics Institute and adjunct assistant professor at the University of […]
February 19, 2024
Abstract: Earth’s surface is deficient in available forms of many elements considered limiting for prebiotic chemistry. In contrast, many extraterrestrial rocky objects are rich in these same elements. Limiting prebiotic ingredients […]
September 29, 2023
Abstract: Targeted eradication of transformed or otherwise dysregulated cells using monoclonal antibodies (mAb), antibody–drug conjugates (ADC), T cell engagers (TCE), or chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) cells is very effective for hematologic […]
February 14, 2023
Abstract: Background: Recent efforts have described the evolution of glioblastoma from initial diagnosis to post-treatment recurrence on a genomic and transcriptomic level. However, the evolution of the proteomic landscape is largely unknown. […]
December 1, 2022
Abstract: CRISPR-Cas induced homology-directed repair (HDR) enables the installation of a broad range of precise genomic modifications from an exogenous donor template. However, applications of HDR in human cells are often […]
December 1, 2022
Abstract: Fanconi Anemia (FA) is a debilitating genetic disorder with a wide range of severe symptoms including bone marrow failure and predisposition to cancer. CRISPR-Cas genome editing manipulates genotypes by harnessing […]
December 1, 2022
Abstract: Multicellular organisms require controlled intercellular communication for their survival. Strains of the filamentous cyanobacterium Nostoc regulate cell–cell communication between sister cells via a conformational change in septal junctions. These multi-protein […]
June 24, 2022
Abstract: Heterogenous nuclear ribonucleoproteins (hnRNPs) are abundant proteins implicated in various steps of RNA processing that assemble on nuclear RNA into larger complexes termed 40S hnRNP particles. Despite their initial discovery […]
March 1, 2022
Abstract: Contractile injection systems (CISs) are phage tail-like nanomachines, mediating bacterial cell–cell interactions as either type VI secretion systems (T6SSs) or extracellular CISs (eCISs). Bioinformatic studies uncovered a phylogenetic group of […]
March 1, 2022
Abstract: Contractile injection systems (CISs) mediate cell–cell interactions by phage tail-like structures, using two distinct modes of action: extracellular CISs are released into the medium, while type 6 secretion systems (T6SSs) […]
January 1, 2022
Abstract: Halorhodospira halophila, one of the most-xerophilic halophiles, inhabits biophysically stressful and energetically expensive, salt-saturated alkaline brines. Here, we report an additional stress factor that is biotic: a diminutive Candidate-Phyla-Radiation bacterium, […]
December 1, 2021
Abstract: Background: The rapid expansion of the CRISPR toolbox through tagging effector domains to either enzymatically inactive Cas9 (dCas9) or Cas9 nickase (nCas9) has led to several promising new gene editing […]
December 1, 2021
Abstract: Septins are cytoskeletal proteins that assemble into hetero-oligomeric complexes and sense micron-scale membrane curvature. During infection with Shigella flexneri, an invasive enteropathogen, septins restrict actin tail formation by entrapping bacteria […]
October 1, 2021
Abstract: Legionella pneumophila, the causative agent of Legionnaires’ disease, is a facultative intracellular pathogen that survives inside phagocytic host cells by establishing a protected replication niche, termed the “Legionella-containing vacuole” (LCV). […]
December 1, 2020
Abstract: Repair of double strand DNA breaks (DSBs) can result in gene disruption or gene modification via homology directed repair (HDR) from donor DNA. Altering cellular responses to DSBs may rebalance […]
December 1, 2020
Abstract: Cells have to erect and sustain an organized and dynamically adaptable structure for an efficient mode of operation that allows drastic morphological changes during cell growth and cell division. These […]
September 1, 2020
Abstract: Genome editing often takes the form of either error-prone sequence disruption by non-homologous end joining (NHEJ) or sequence replacement by homology-directed repair (HDR). Although NHEJ is generally effective, HDR is […]
August 21, 2020
Abstract: Uromodulin is the most abundant protein in human urine, and it forms filaments that antagonize the adhesion of uropathogens; however, the filament structure and mechanism of protection remain poorly understood. […]
August 4, 2020
Abstract: β-Hemoglobinopathies can trigger rapid production of red blood cells in a process known as stress erythropoiesis. Cellular stress prompts differentiating erythroid precursors to express high levels of fetal γ-globin. However, […]
August 1, 2020
Abstract: The glycoprotein uromodulin (UMOD) is the most abundant protein in human urine and forms filamentous homopolymers that encapsulate and aggregate uropathogens, promoting pathogen clearance by urine excretion. Despite its critical […]
June 26, 2020
Abstract: The cell biology of Chloroflexota is poorly studied. We applied cryo-focused ion beam milling and cryo-electron tomography to study the ultrastructural organization of thermophilic Roseiflexus castenholzii and Chloroflexus aggregans, and […]
May 1, 2020
Abstract: DISCOVER-seq (discovery of in situ Cas off-targets and verification by sequencing) is a broadly applicable approach for unbiased CRISPR–Cas off-target identification in cells and tissues. It leverages the recruitment of […]
May 1, 2020
Abstract: Autophagy is a fundamental pathway for the degradation of cytoplasmic content in response to pleiotropic extracellular and intracellular stimuli. Recent advances in the autophagy field have demonstrated that different organelles […]
March 19, 2020
Abstract: Selective autophagy of organelles is critical for cellular differentiation, homeostasis, and organismal health. Autophagy of the ER (ER-phagy) is implicated in human neuropathy but is poorly understood beyond a few […]
March 1, 2020
Abstract: Cryo-electron tomography (cryoET) has become a powerful technique at the interface of structural biology and cell biology, due to its unique ability for imaging cells in their native state and […]
November 1, 2019
Abstract: The power of cryo-electron tomography (cryoET) lies in its capability to characterize macromolecules in their cellular context. Structure determination by cryoET, however, is time-consuming compared to single particle approaches. A […]