Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research

Understanding the mechanisms of disease
The Friedrich Miescher Institute is devoted to fundamental biomedical research aimed at understanding the basic molecular mechanisms of health and disease. We communicate and patent our findings to enable their translation into medical application.

The FMI focuses on the fields of

  • Epigenetics
  • Mechanisms of Cancer
  • Neurobiology
In these fields, the FMI has gained international recognition as a center of excellence in innovative biomedical research.

Training young scientists
The Friedrich Miescher Institute contributes to the training of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Through its PhD program, which was established as early as 1970, the FMI attracts top international students. The FMI is affiliated with the University of Basel, where most of the graduate students are enrolled and where it contributes to the teaching program. Many FMI alumni have gone on to pursue successful careers in Novartis, in other pharmaceutical companies, or in academic research.

Exciting environment for academic and applied research
Staff at FMI benefit from a unique scientific environment, allowing researchers, specialists and students to pursue questions that yield new scientific insights.

The FMI receives strong core support from Novartis. Funding is supplemented by competitive fellowships and awards from national and international funding agencies. This provides an optimal environment for both academic and applied biomedical research.