School of Life Sciences

Fosters education, research and innovation at the interface of engineering and biology to advance the understanding of the living world and solve biomedical problems.
Data-based representation of molecular oligodendrocyte diversity in the central nervous system. © Job van der Zwan (Karolinska Institute) with collaboration of La Manno lab (EPFL)

Data-based representation of molecular oligodendrocyte diversity in the central nervous system. © Job van der Zwan (Karolinska Institute) with collaboration of La Manno lab (EPFL)

Hackathon aims to develop responses to the coronavirus

On 4–6 April , the EPFL student association LauzHack will hold a fully online hackathon to help tackle the coronavirus. The event – put together in just a few days – is open to EPFL students as well as the general public.

Our Mission

EPFL students working on portable biosensor

Education

We train engineers in Life Sciences with a solid polytechnic foundation. Our students acquire a multi-disciplinary education and study biology jointly with engineering, basic and computer sciences. We offer a Bachelor and Master program in Life Sciences Engineering, as well as four Doctoral programs in biotechnology and bioengineering, computational and quantitative biology, molecular life sciences and neurosciences.

Research

Our research groups operate at the interface of biology, basic sciences, computer sciences and engineering. This interdisciplinary environment stimulates innovative research to address essential questions in biological sciences. Cutting-edge core facilities and infrastructure support our scientists to push the boundaries of knowledge in development, neurosciences, immunology, cancer, infectious diseases and bioengineering.

Prosthetic hand feels objects

Innovation

We cultivate a climate of exploration and translation of knowledge and technologies to a sustainable benefit of humankind. The life sciences flagship innovation encouragement program, Catalyze4Life, facilitates the advancement of scientific know-how towards applications. We maintain a constructive and open dialogue between science, industry and society.

Key Numbers

1,094

Bachelor, Master and PhD students

52

Research groups

40+

Companies founded

Andrea Ablasser wins Sanofi-Pasteur Award

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The 2019 Sanofi-Institut Pasteur Awards focused on the fields of Immunology and Microbiology & Infection.