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. 


Oudste diertje geeft geheimen prijs over evolutie
30 January 2013
UU biologists and chemists, with colleagues, for the first time measured protein expression in Trichoplax; the most ancient and primitive animal on earth,
Jürgen Plitzko benoemd tot hoogleraar Biomoleculaire Elektronenmicroscopie
21 January 2013
Utrecht University has appointed Dr. Jürgen Plitzko as Professor of Biomolecular Electron Microscopy at the Department of Chemistry and the Bijvoet Center.
Eerste ‘röntgenfilmpjes’ van bewegende biomoleculen
18 December 2012
First ‘X-ray films’ of moving biomolecules