We're exploring the biochemical foundations of 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.

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 recognize 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. 

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. 


ERC grant voor André Mischke om opsporing borstkanker te verbeteren
4 March 2014
ERC Grant for Mischke to intensify the detection of breast cancer
Raadsel binding ‘chaperonne’ Hsp90 opgelost
27 February 2014
After 9 years of research, chemists of UU have solved how one of the most important chaperone proteins in our cells, Hsp90, selects its client proteins.
Anna Akhmanova en Marileen Dogterom ontvangen 7,1 miljoen voor onderzoek naar skelet van de cel
16 December 2013
7,1 M€ ERC Synergy Grant for prof. Anna Akhmanova and prof. Marileen Dogterom