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. 

News

DNA (blue) in a spindle, the protein ASPM is located at the ‘poles’ (yellow)
24 April 2017
Publication in Nature Cell Biology about new molecular insight into brain development disorder microcephaly
24 April 2017
Utrecht University ranks at position 37 with number of top 10 places
Artist impression of transport in a neuron (NastPlas TM)
19 April 2017
Cell biologists from Utrecht University have discovered the crucial traffic regulator for the transport of vital molecules inside nerve cells.

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