Biomedical Sciences of Cells and Systems We deliver cutting-edge basic research on human biology and mechanisms of disease. Department
Understanding the basic functioning of cell & systems and how they are disturbed in diseases is key to the identification and exploitation of targets to prevent or cure disease, and to promote Healthy Aging.

Our mission is to contribute significant advancements to the understanding of the fundamentals of functional and dysfunctional human biology at the molecular, cellular and systems level that ultimately will be applicable to combat diseases and increase human health span.

In BSCS, research and education are intertwined.

  • With our research, we aim to discover and transfer knowledge to medical applications
  • With our education, we teach cutting-edge biology to the doctors and scientist of the future

This way, we strive to advance the cycle of bench-to-bed-to-bench for human well-being.



Understanding basic mechanism of the function of cells & systems drive advances in Medicare

Nearly all current medical treatments are based on discoveries, often done long before the related application, on detailed insights in how molecules, cells and systems function and how they are derailed in disease.

  • Our early analysis on how precision radiotherapy can be targeted to avoid radiation side effects has been the basis for proton therapy
  • Our screens in Drosophila melanogaster have led to the discovery of therapeutic compounds now explored for the treatment of PKAN
  • Academic education requires role models and modern teaching.

    • BSCS takes pride in intense training and careful supervision of its PhD students
    • We support problem-based, curiosity-driven learning programs (such as in flipped class rooms), provide basic and advanced courses in science technologies and strategies, and practical courses.
    • We develop novel digital education tools (e-learning)
  • The progress of science is based on specialied expertise for discoveries, but requires intense collaborations amongst experts for driving such discoveries all the way to utiliation

    BSCS strives for a great team spirit not only to nurture internal collaboration but also strongly supports collaborations with external partners in and outside the UMCG.

  • Number of research articles published in 2020 = 134
    Number of research projects awarded in 2020 = 23
    Budget awarded via research projects in 2020 = € 4.068.420,00

    Number of graduated PhDs in 2020 = 12
    Number of working PhDs (at the end of 2020) = 42

    Number of employees (FTE) (at the end of 2020) = 153
    Gender balance: Male and Female = 41% and 59%

    Staff under age 44 = 73%

    No. of International employees (at the end of 2020) = 64

    % of international employees (at the end of 2020) = 25%
    Number of nationalities (at the end of 2020) = 22


Visiting Address:

Department of Biomedical Sciences of Cells and Systems
University Medical Center Groningen
Antonius Deusinglaan, 1
Section Molecular Cellbiology Building 3215 5th, 6th, 7th and 10th floor
Section Molecular Neurobiology Building 3215 8th and 10th floor
Section Anatomy and Medical Physiology Building 3215 7th and 8th floor
Section Cognitive Neuroscience Center Building ADL2 1st floor
9713 AV Groningen
The Netherlands

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