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Welcome to the Institute for Biomechanics (IfB)

The Institute for Biomechanics (IfB) is a multidisciplinary research unit dedicated to the biomechanical investigation of the human body from a macroscopic (body) to a microscopic (cell) scale, while maintaining ethical standards and a philosophy of respect and compassion for all life. Our mission is to investigate and characterise the mechanics and material properties of musculoskeletal and biologically engineered tissues, as well as to explore and understand the organisation, kinematics, and kinetics of the musculoskeletal system. Challenges involve studying musculoskeletal adaption and regeneration throughout life, in health and disease, and in the presence of high mechanical demands. Building on this foundation, we aim to develop, refine and utilise biological, medical and engineering tools and concepts to provide a translation of understanding and techniques into clinical practice for musculoskeletal repair or regeneration, ultimately to improve societal wellbeing.

News & Events


8th Zurich Forum for Applied Sport Sciences

On the 13th and 14th of September 2017, the 8th Zurich Forum for Applied Sport Sciences takes place at ETH Hönggerberg.  Read more 


ERC Advanced Grant to Ralph Müller

Professor Ralph Müller, Head Laboratory for Bone Biomechanics, has received an Advanced Grant of the European Research Council (ERC) for his MechAGE project. With that grant, the ERC is financing Müller‘s research on in vivo single-cell mechanomics of bone adaptation and regeneration in the aging mouse. The funding is 2.5 Million Euro over the next five years. Read more 


CellSpring: Forbes 30 under 30 Class of 2017

Christopher Millan listed in the 30 under 30 Class of 2017 by Forbes. Read more 


Advanced Healthcare Materials Back Cover

Our publication makes the back cover of this month's Advanced Healthcare Materials Read more 


Election ESB President

Prof. Dr. Stephen Ferguson has been elected President of the European Society of Biomechanics for the term 2016 - 2018. Read more 



SGV Travel Grant

We are pleased to inform you that Dr. Esther Wehrle was selected for an SGV Travel Grant from the Swiss Laboratory Animal Science Association (SGV) to attend the CRISPR Workshop on “Practical Aspects of Precision Biology” at the University of California in Berkeley from 10-14 July 2017. Read more 


ETH Medal for Outstanding Master Thesis

We are pleased to inform you that Gianna Marano was selected for an ETH Medal for Outstanding Master Thesis for her master thesis entitled “Bone Modeling and Remodeling and Its Mechanobiological Control in Young Females with Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis”. Read more 


ECTS Basic 'Ask your Peers' Poster Award

We are pleased to inform you that Felicitas Flohr was selected for the ECTS Basic 'Ask your Peers' Poster Awards at the 44th Annual Congress of the European Calcified Tissue Society (ECTS) for her contribution “IDG-SW3 osteocytes extend processes in micro-3D printed lacunocanalicular network-like structures - a novel in vitro 3D biomimetic osteocyte model”. Read more 


ESB Travel Award

We are pleased to inform you that Ariane Scheuren, a doctoral student at the Institute for Biomechanics, was selected for a 2017 ESB Travel Award from the European Society of Biomechanics (ESB) to attend the 23rd ESB Congress from 2-5 July 2017 in Seville. Read more 


Academia-Industry Training Award

Congratulations to Emma Cavalli for winning a 2016 Academia-Industry Training Award. Read more 

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