Logic of Life is an initiative that unifies world-leading quantitative research in the life and life-inspired sciences in Switzerland with a bold aim: To identify the rules of life that drive emergence and self-organization at all biological scales, such as the appearance of variation, the formation of spatial patterns, the division of labour, and the creation of robustness. This will address one of the biggest missing links in our current understanding of life, namely how scales are connected. Knowing these rules will revolutionize the translation of biological findings into products, services, and treatments that benefit our society.


Logic of Life scientists are pioneers in developing technologies that can take multiplexed measurements across multiple length and time scales of interacting molecules, cells, tissues, and individuals, that can integrate these measurements using advanced computer vision methods, and that can analyse these measurements using graph theoretical approaches, mathematical modelling, and computer simulation. They create artificial ecosystems of interacting microbes, programmable precision materials to guide the self-organized growth of tissues from individual cells, and a new generation of ‘multicellular’ robots that form through the self-organized assembly of smaller units.


National partners

International partners


Logic of Life
University of Zurich, Irchel Campus
Winterthurerstrasse 190, CH-8057 Zurich, Switzerland


ETH Zurich:

Petra Dittrich (Department of Biosystems Science and Engineering), Tanja Stadler (Department of Biosystems Science and Engineering), Barbara Treutlein (Department of Biosystems Science and Engineering), Timm Schroeder (Department of Biosystems Science and Engineering), Mustafa Khammash (Department of Biosystems Science and Engineering)

Friedrich Miescher Institute:

Charisios Tsiairis (Quantitative Biology), Prisca Liberali (Quantitative Biology)

ETH Zurich:

Viola Vogel (Department of Health Sciences and Technology), Eric Dufresne (Deparment of Materials), Martin Ackermann (Department of Environmental Systems Science), Roman Stocker (Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering)

University of Zurich:

Rolf Kümmerli (Department of Quantitative Biomedicine), Jordi Bascompte (Department of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies), Francesca Peri (Institute of Molecular Life Sciences), Michael Schaepman (Department of Geography), Darren Gilmour (Institute of Molecular Life Sciences), Lucas Pelkmans (Institute of Molecular Life Sciences), Sebastian Jessberger (Brain Research Institute), Damian Brunner (Institute of Molecular Life Sciences), Andreas Wagner (Department of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies), Bernd Bodenmiller (Department of Quantitative Biomedicine)

University of Bern:

Olivier Pertz (Institute of Cell Biology)

University of Lausanne:

Yolanda Schaerli (Department of Fundamental Microbiology), Laurent Keller (Department of Ecology and Evolution), Sara Mitri (Department of Fundamental Microbiology)

EPF Lausanne:

Matthias Lutolf (Institute of Bioengineering), Maartje Bastings (Institute of Materials), Dario Floreano (Institute of Microengineering), Bart Deplancke (Institute of Bioengineering)

ETH Zurich
Friedrich Miescher Institute
ETH Zurich
University of Zurich
University of Bern
University of Lausanne
EPF Lausanne