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.
3D model of dendritic spines (purple) making synapses with axons containing vesicles (yellow). Background shows electron microscope image of brain tissue. ©EPFL-Graham Knott

3D model of dendritic spines (purple) making synapses with axons containing vesicles (yellow). Background shows electron microscope image of brain tissue. ©EPFL – Graham Knott

The School of Life Sciences offers temporary placements for Ukrainian researchers in the broad life sciences (PhD students, postdocs and group leader) from a Ukrainian University or Research Institution for 3-6 months.

For more information contact the Deputy to the Dean at [email protected]

Discover the splendid labs and facilities of the Schools of Life Sciences (SV) and Engineering Sciences and Technology (STI)

Boat Sea Plastics

Quatre mois en mer pour mesurer la pollution microplastique

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Five young scientists, including one EPFL student in Life Sciences Engineering, are sailing around the Mediterranean as part of the SEA Plastics expedition, conducting on-board experiments to assess the presence of plastic particles and their effects on marine waters.

Life Sciences Symposium 2022

will honor life sciences in the context of a technical university with long-term supporters and the scientific community

Advances in imaging pathological protein assemblies – from molecule to disease

Our Mission

EPFL students working on portable biosensor


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.


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


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.

Four questions to Andy Oates

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“Being in a technical school gives us many opportunities”. Watch our interview with the new dean of the School of Life Sciences, Andy Oates