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Ueli Aebi

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Nationality  Swiss
Name  Ueli Aebi
Fields  Structural biology

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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

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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.


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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.

Awards and honors

  • 1993 Elected Member of the European Molecular Biology Organization
  • 1999 Elected Member of the Academia Europaea
  • 2007 Dr. honoris causa (h.c.) from the 1st Medical Faculty, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic
  • 2011 Carl Zeiss Lecture Award of the German Society for Cell Biology
  • 2011 Distinguished Scientist Award of the Microscopy Society of America
  • References

    Ueli Aebi Wikipedia