Name Ueli Aebi
|Fields Structural biology|
|Born 31 May 1946 (age 69)
Bern (1946-05-31) |
Institutions University of Bern, Maurice E. Muller Institute for Structural Biology, University of Basel
Known for Integrative structural biology
Institution University of Bern, Structural biology, University of Basel
Self‐assembling Peptide Nanoparticles (SaPNs): their Use in Biomedical Applications
Ueli Aebi is a Swiss structural biologist and co-founder of the Maurice E. Müller Institute for Structural Biology at the Biozentrum University of Basel.
- Selfassembling Peptide Nanoparticles SaPNs their Use in Biomedical Applications
- Awards and honors
Aebi studied physics, mathematics, and molecular biology at the Universities of Bern and Basel from 1967 to 1974, graduating in 1977 in biophysics at the University of Basel. After establishing his academic career in the United States (University of California, Los Angeles, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine), in 1986 he returned to the Biozentrum as professor of structural biology. He was co-founder of the Maurice E. Müller Institute for Structural Biology and its director from 1986 until reaching emeritus status in 2011.
Aebi is recognized as a pioneer in integrative structural biology as well as mechano- and nanobiology. His work focused on the elucidation of the structure, function and assembly of the cyto- and nucleoskeleton and the nuclear pore complex (NPC), as well as the amyloid fibrils that are a hallmark of Alzheimer's disease. He studied the architecture of diverse supramolecular assemblies using a combination of light, electron and atomic force microscopy, X-ray crystallography, and protein engineering. Among others, Aebi determined the 3-dimensional structure of the NPC by cryo-electron tomography.