Welcome

to the official homepage of the Centre for Evolutionary Medicine (ZEM), University of Zurich, Switzerland.

As a transdisciplinary bridge between the past, the present and the future, researchers at the ZEM study the general evolutionary aspects of, e.g. disease aetiology (contributing factors such as lifestyle or infectious environmental factors) and disease patterns (prevalence, socio-economic stratifications, etc.). Primarily, musculoskeletal and joint diseases as well as the molecular evolution of disease pathogens are studied. For further information please visit “The Centre”.


The ZEM will become the Institute for Evolutionary Medicine in 2014!

On May 6th 2014 the University of Zurich announced an upgrade of the Centre for Evolutionary Medicine (ZEM) to become a permanent institution – the “Institute for Evolutionary Medicine (IEM)” – by September 2014. The IEM will newly also be responsible for the object collection of the Institute for the History of Medicine and will launch the new “Museum of Medicine” probably by 2016, which will serve to the whole Medical Faculty as its window to the public. For more information please refer to the official press release by the University of Zurich.


Save the date: Evolutionary Medicine Conference 2015!

The IEM will organise an international and interdisciplinary conference on Evolutionary Medicine in Zurich in 2015 (July 30 – August 1). For more information please visit the provisional conference webpage.


Open Position!

The ZEM is looking for a post-doc research assistant to join the Molecular Group. High-throughput sequencing experience is essential, please find more details in the job description

Recent News and Blog Posts


More News Posts from the ZEM researchers in our Blog section.  

With the most generous support by the Mäxi Stiftung, Zürich.