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Experimental Systems Biology

Our group studies cellular core networks of prokaryotic organisms with a strong emphasis on experimental systems biology approaches. Our group develops new high-throughput strategies to functionally decode microbial genomes. Our major interests are:

  1. Understanding the basic operating system of a bacterial cell
  2. Investigating genetic programs that orchestrate complex traits such as microbe-plant symbiosis
  3. Elucidating the transcriptional regulatory networks that coordinate the extraction of genomic information in bacteria

Our work at the interface of systems and synthetic biology focuses on the bacterial cell-cycle model organism Caulobacter and the nitrogen-fixing plant symbiont Sinorhizobium.


Welcome Jonathan Venetz

Jonathan joined the Christen lab for his PhD. Read more 


Semester students join the Christen Lab

Celine Margot, Yves Buchner and Philipp Schächle join our team and will carry out their semester research projects in systems and synthetic biology. Read more 


Visit of Emily LeProust at ETH

The Christen lab is proud to host Emily LeProust, CEO of Twist Biosciences during her visit at ETH. Read more 


Future Day at ETH

The Christen Group hosted a group of 15 children during the ETH future day. Read more 


Welcome Mariëlle Van Kooten

Mariëlle joined the Christen lab for her PhD. Read more 


Mcs and semester students join the ChristenLab

We welcome Donat Appert and Alexander Wölfle, who started their master and semester projects in the ChristenLab. Read more 


ChristenLab, Block-course in Synthetic Genomics

Welcome Alexander, Florin and Timon to the Synthetic Genomics Block-Course offered by the Christen Group. Students will obtain training in large-scale DNA assembly techniques and  gain insights into computational approaches for bio-systems design. Read more 


Christen Lab: Master Thesis Project in Experimental Systems Biology

Discovery of genetic redundancies using a targeted genome reduction approach Read more 


Paper on quantitative selection analysis featured in JMB

Our latest paper on quantiative selection analysis of bacteriophage susceptibility in Caulobacter crescentus was published as a featured article in the Journal of Molecular Biology.   Read more 


SCNAT Rigi workshop on Systems and Synthetic Biology of Microbes

The SCNAT workshop on advances in microbial systems and synthetic biology toke place January 24th to 26th at the beautiful summit of Rigi. Read more 

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