The research at the Department of Biomedical Engineering is highly translational due to a large number of joint research projects with the University Hospital, the University Children’s Hospital and a growing number of other institutions and partners. This interdisciplinary endeavor is taking place in competence clusters and core facilities as listed below. The current Flagship Project of the department aims to develop a robotic endoscope to perform contact-free bone surgery with laser light (MIRACLE, short for Minimally Invasive Robot-Assisted Computer-guided LaserosteotomE).

The group leaders are currently redesigning the overarching structure of the research, moving away from four focal areas (Biomechanics & Biomaterials; Imaging, Modelling & Analysis; Medical Lasers & Robotics; Regenerative Surgery) to six competence clusters Biomaterials & Tissue Engineering, Clinical Biomechanics, Data Driven Modelling & Analysis, Emerging Analytical & Forensic Technologies, Lasers & Robotics, and Medical Imaging. During this process, please see the factsheets of the Focal Areas and a number of research projects.

The projects within the competence clusters are supported by three Core Faciilities, one, the Core Facility MiNA, providing access to state-of-the-art X-Ray systems for in-house imaging, our 3D Print Lab, enabling 3D-printing for surgeons and researchers for a long range of different purposes, and the Core Facility Microcalorimetry, that provides servicds for scientific and business partners in detecting metabolic activities in many different materials. In addition a Service Unit Material Testing provides the infrastructure and the know how for testing biological and medical materials. Combining these facilities and competences, the DBE offers fascinating possibilities in biomedical engineering

Research Integrity 

To create an awareness of good scientific practice and to be prepared for cases of unethical behavior in academia, the President’s Board of the University of Basel issued guidelines on integrity and academic misconduct in 2006 (updated version May 2018). For further information for Good Practice in Research and contact details of the University Integrity Ombudsman, click here