Science for Life


Without understanding how things work, we can’t fix them when they’re broken. In this day of modern diseases, this is critical. Fundamental science - biology, chemistry, physics, math – is our toolbox with which we can make smart solutions for medicine, our environment and technology.

Breeding ground for our innovation ecosystem

All Nobel Prize winners are awarded for their discoveries that fill a gap in our current knowledge. The ‘spill-over’ from their findings generate progress and shape our society. We recognise the importance of scientific curiosity and have created the Science for Life domain in Utrecht that serves as a breeding ground for our innovation ecosystem.

We're exploring the biochemical foundations of life 

Focus areas

The research and discoveries in this domain bring diversity, insight and detail to our understanding of how life and its components work. Focus areas include molecular and cellular biology, pharmaceutical science and plant biology. Using highly advanced technologies, such as NMR spectroscopy, bioinformatics and nanotechnology, we’re finding solutions for health and environmental challenges.


The research groups of Utrecht University (Faculty of Science, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine) and the UMC Utrecht, who work together in this domain, also operate in close interaction with the Hubrecht Institute and Princess Maxima Center.


6 November 2019
Utrechtse plantenwetenschappers en bioinformatici krijgen bijna 1 miljoen euro toegekend voor een onderzoeksproject naar de ziekteverwekker van spinazie.
Rens Voesenek
24 October 2019
Prof Rens Voesenek on tomorrow's menu
8 October 2019
Scientists clarified the function of proteins that play a role in signal transmission between neurons. That leads to new insights into neurological disorders.
Maarten Altelaar
12 September 2019
As of 15 September, researcher Maarten Altelaar has been appointed Professor in Pharmaceutical Proteomics.
9 September 2019
Per September 1, prof. Alexandre Bonvin has been appointed as the new scientific director of the Bijvoet Center for Biomolecular Research.