Radboud Institute for Molecular Life Sciences

The RIMLS accommodates research groups from the Radboudumc and Radboud University’s Faculty of Science. read more

Radboud Institute for Molecular Life Sciences

The Radboud Institute for Molecular Life Sciences (RIMLS) main aim is to achieve a greater understanding of the molecular mechanisms of disease. By integrating fundamental and clinical research, we obtain multifaceted knowledge of (patho)physiological processes. We aim to improve clinical practice and public health by:

  • generating basic knowledge in the molecular medical science
  • translating our gained knowledge into clinical applications, and into diagnostic, therapeutic and personalized treatment strategies
  • training and exposing researchers of all levels to societal-relevant multidisciplinary research questions along the theme of understanding the molecular basis of disease.

Research domains and themes

The RIMLS accommodates research groups from the Radboudumc and Radboud University’s Faculty of Science. RIMLS aims to advance innovation in translational research, based on integrating diverse areas of scientific expertise within the molecular and medical sciences. In line with the Radboudumc's strategic vision to have a significant impact on healthcare, research is bundled into disease-oriented research themes from molecule-to-man in which we collaborate with the Radboud Institute for Health Sciences.

Societal impact

In line with the Radboudumc mission, RIMLS aims to have a significant impact on healthcare. We continuously try to  bridge the gap between science and society, by, for example, being involved in the development of novel diagnostics and therapies to treat rare and common diseases. Where possible we involve patients and other stakeholders in this process. Societal impact is at the core of our ambition and our motto: Today’s molecules for Tomorrow’s medicine.


The multi-disciplinary approach to research in molecular life science is reflected in an established RIMLS Graduate School.  We pride ourselves on being an international research school that offers a stimulating environment for scientists of all levels.  We offer a 2-year research honours MSc degree in Molecular Mechanisms of Disease and a 4-year PhD program. In addition, the RIMLS actively participates in a post-doc platform and is committed to promoting career track models, such as the Hypatia Tenure Track.

Technological expertise

Our innovation is advanced through a number of Technology Platforms, such as microscope and in-vivo imaging, genomics, proteomics and bioinformatics.These centers are an access point for technological expertise, high-end equipment, biobanks and combinations thereof.


Management team

The Radboud Institute for Molecular Life Sciences is managed by the Scientific Director and the Scientific Managers. read more

Management team

From left to right: René Bindels, scientific director, Dagmar Eleveld-Trancikova, scientific manager and Clasien Oomen, scientific manager.

RIMLS Internal Advisory Board

The Internal Advisory Board advises the RIMLS Scientific Director regarding short- and long-term research strategy, PhD program, national and international collaborations and visibility of the institute. The board meets four times a year. read more

Scientific integrity

Radboudumc believes scientific integrity is the basis of science itself. Scientific results are useless when their validity or sources are questionable. read more

Press Information Officers

For interesting developments, media appearances and news, please contact our science communicators via nieuws@radboudumc.nl. read more

Open Science and open access

Open science is the practice of science in such a way that others can collaborate and contribute, where research data, lab notes and other research processes are freely available, under terms that enable reuse, redistribution and reproduction of the research and its underlying data and methods.

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Open Science and open access

Open Science

What is Open Science?

Open Science stands for the transition to a new, more open and participatory way of conducting, publishing and evaluating scholarly research. Central to this concept is the goal of increasing cooperation and transparency in all research stages. This is achieved, among other ways, by sharing research data, publications, software, tools and results as early and open as possible. More information

Three main topics are identified in this transition:

  • Open Access
  • FAIR data
  • Citizen Science

Radboudumc endorses the principles of Open Science.

Open Access publishing

What is open access?

Open Access is an important part of Open Science. Open Access of publications provides direct, free and online access to scientific publications without copyright restrictions of publishers. Open Access significantly increases the visibility of a publication. More information

Radboudumc endorses the principles of Open Access and monitors the percentage of articles that are published Open Access.

How to publish Open Access?

The Radboud University Library supports Radboudumc researchers in publishing their research articles Open Access, including excellent financial deals with scientific journals and making the publication available free of charge via the Radboud Repository. Check the Radboud University Library website for all available support.

FAIR data management

What is FAIR?

The FAIR data principles are a set of principles that enable reuse of data by humans, and by machines. Data should be made Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable. All Radboud University and Radboudumc researchers are obliged to have all research data comply at least with the F (sustainably findable) and the A (proper access management) of the FAIR guidelines. More information

Furthermore, according to the RU doctorate regulations, all PhD candidates should include a description of the research data management in their PhD thesis. The doctorate regulations also indicate that the research data of the PhD thesis should be made available to the manuscript committee, cum laude committee (if applicable) and doctoral Examination Board when requested.

How to make your data FA(IR)?

The Radboud Technology Center Data Stewardship supports researchers in the complete research data lifecycle in order  to make data FAIR. This includes the Planning & Design phase, with support to make a data management plan (DMP), the Collect & Create phase, providing guidance about data sources and recommended data collection tools, the Store & Analyze phase, supporting safe and shareable data access and analysis, and the Archive & Share phase, including publishing and archiving the data after publication of the results. A Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) data management scientific research indicates the requirements for each type of research project.

Citizen Science

What is Citizen Science?

Citizen Science is the collection and analysis of data relating to the natural world by members of the general public, typically as part of a collaborative project with professional scientists.

Radboudumc and Radboud University endorse the principles of Citizen Science.

How to ‘do’ Citizen Science?

Radboudumc already has many examples of Citizen Science. Together with Radboud University, a tool set is being developed to support researchers in setting up citizen science projects. A link to this information will follow shortly.

Grants and awards RIMLS

RIMLS grants several awards, such as the Hans Bloemendal medal. read more

Joint publications

See our worldwide collaboration based on research publications. visit website

New Frontiers Symposium

Every year, RIMLS and RIHS each organize an international symposium across one of the thematic areas of the Radboudumc with the intention of exploring the newest scientific research and pioneering developments from molecule to man and population. read more

Practical information

Front office

Our front office, amongst others, serves as a first port of call for all general enquiries. read more

Contact and getting there

Radboud Institute for Molecular Life Sciences

Entrance: Radboud Institute for Molecular Life Sciences

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Contact and getting there

Visiting address

Radboud Institute for Molecular Life Sciences
Geert Grooteplein 28
6525 GA Nijmegen

Postal address

Post 259 RIMLS
P.O. Box 9101
6500 HB Nijmegen
The Netherlands


T: +31 (0)24 361 07 07
E: rimls.info@radboudumc.nl
W: www.rimls.nl


Enter building at: Radboud Institute for Molecular Life Sciences

Funding and support

Are you a researcher at Radboudumc and do you wish to obtain a grant, national or international, for your research group or as an individual? To help you get started, we offer an overview of some of the available grants including some funded by Radboudumc. see overview

Publication affiliation

For publications, please note the correct affiliation of our institute is as follows: read more

Publication affiliation

Radboud university medical center, Radboud Institute for Molecular Life Sciences, Department of [name], Nijmegen, The Netherlands.


Radboud university medical center, Radboud Institute for Molecular Life Sciences, Nijmegen, The Netherlands.

Update your profile

All our employees have an internal Radboudumc profile page and can have an external Radboudumc profile page on request. read more (intranet)

Photo impression RIMLS events

Snapshots of RIMLS events throughout several years.