Life Sciences and Biocomplexity
From molecules tot organisms
Biological systems derive many key properties from continuous exchange of information between many levels of organisation: tissues, cells, subcellular organelles, and molecular complexes containing proteins, DNA and lipids. Such communication networks transcend the individual levels and are highly dynamic.
Our mission in the focus area Life Sciences and Biocomplexity is to capture the essence of biological systems by deciphering networks that regulate biological processes across organisation levels. Understanding the complexity of the living state requires high-quality data and increasingly new computational approaches to connect these data. Our challenge is to create a joint centre of biological, structural and computational expertise in Utrecht where research groups focusing on biomolecular analysis, biocomplexity and bio-imaging work closely together to gain more insight in regulation networks within and between cells. Our hope is that this kind of research will lead to biotechnological innovation, improved sustainable agriculture and a deeper understanding of disease processes.
The coordinator of this research focus area is:
Prof. dr. M. (Marc) Baldus
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