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Masters and Bachelors Projects, Student projects, Research projects

Thanks for your interest in Toxicology research. The overarching theme of our work is to derive an understanding of toxicity on the basis of chemical structure and reactivity. We focus largely on chemicals relevant to the human diet, and biochemical processes involving nucleic acids.

For representative research areas look at our research site.

Research techniques: research may be addressed by different combinations of the following experimental techniques

  • synthetic organic chemistry
  • enzymological biochemistry (kinetics and dynamics of how small molecules influence isolated enzymes)
  • chemical bioanalysis
  • biophysical analysis (modified biomolecules, nanomaterials and conjugates)

Envisioning your project:

In practice, MS/BS students usually focus on one technique area.  However, this is done as part of a broader project that their PhD or Postdoc mentor works on, so you learn about other aspects and may integrate to some extent a second technique.  At the PhD and postdoc level, researchers work with multiple techniques.  We also have many collaborators that bring further dimension to the work, and sometimes masters students work on collaborations.

Projects are all strongly grounded in chemistry.  We address chemical aspects of biological interactions and rely on chemistry-based approaches, and interested students should find motivation in the chemistry-oriented basis of the research.  A good way to get a practical perspective on this is to look at our actual publication list.

Available Projects: projects can also be adapted to interests of students or related to other project we are working on, but are not listed below

  • Biomarkers of toxicity in animals exposed to iron nanoparticles intended for food fortification (multiple projects under this topic)
  • Prioritization of foodborne hazards in Switzerland (non-lab work in collaboration with Federal office of Food Safety)
  • Uptake of selenium in cancer cells and implications for food-drug interactions
  • Functionalization of Gold nanoparticles with DNA strands containing modified nucleic acids for detection of nitrosamine-induced DNA damage
  • Identification of gut microbial strains that alter the structure of dietary carcinogens
  • Chemical mechanisms of dietary carcinogen transformation catalyzed by gut microbes
  • Do dietary flavonoids inhibit translesion DNA synthesis?


Visit one of our weekly group meetings (every Thursdays at 16.00h during the semesters, Tuesdays 16.00h during the summer, room LFO D16.2 ETH center). Check and confirm the one you want to attend.

Send an email to Ms Florence Berger ( and add cc: ) including:

  • Your major, degree track, record of courses completed and grades (Leistungsüberblick), a proposed time period (approximate dates) for the project, and the format of the project (i.e. Bachelorarbeit, Projektarbeit, Masterarbeit, etc.).
  • Research themes of interest (see list above)
  • Feedback regarding what motivates you in terms of research areas and/or technique interests (if you know)
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