We combine research and teaching in various aspects of Medical Biosciences from the molecular to the whole body level.

We study the biochemical, cellular and physiological aspects of biological processes in health and disease, using both experimental and informatics approaches, and to use this knowledge to further improve health care.

We work on the development of new drug delivery approaches, biomaterials for tissue engineering, and the immunological treatment of tumors, aiming at the translation of our findings to clinical applications.

Research Departments Medical BioSciences


We focus on basic and translational research in the medical biosciences, from molecules to humans, to better understand disease and health and improve diagnostics and treatment.


prof. dr. Jolanda de Vries
head of department

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We combine research and teaching and aim to translate our findings into clinical applications.

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Available positions within our department.

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We regularly offer internship opportunities.

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Motivated undergraduate students are welcome for internships at our department.

We offer a broad range of internships for students related to medical biosciences. Depending on the research question and type of internship, the duration varies between 12 weeks and 12 months. Be aware that you make inquiries at least 6-9 months in advance to prevent disappointments.


Dendritic Cell therapy is a promising immunotherapeutic approach for cancer treatment.

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Dendritic Cell (DC) therapy represents a promising immunotherapeutic approach for the treatment of cancer.

The beauty of DC therapy is that it exploits the body's own immune system to fight cancer. Since 1997 we perform clinical trials to test the potency of this approach. For each patient a specialized vaccine is prepared from immune cells isolated from the blood. In specialized cleanrooms, a personalized DC vaccine is prepared after which patients are vaccinated.

So far, our clinical trials are mainly focused on melanoma, a cancer of the pigmented cells of the skin. We have treated more than 350 patients until now and observed that DC vaccination is well tolerated with minimal side effects.

More information can be found on the website of Stichting Afweer Tegen Kanker.

Merging of departments

This department is a merger of the 5 departments Biochemistry, Cell Biology, CMBI (Center for Molecular and Biomolecular Informatics), Physiology, and Tumor Immunology.

Our technology centers

Technology center Bioinformatics

This technology center offers computational biology and big data solutions that we believe are key in shaping the data-driven life science and care of the future. It is a one-stop-shop for biodata analysis with rapid deployment without sacrifices on safety and privacy.

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Technology center Human performance

This technology center offers human in-vivo measurement techniques to study human functionality from the level of organs to individuals as a whole. These can play an important role in the evaluation of new therapies and interventions at the patient level.

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Technology center Microscopy

This technology center offers access to a wide range of optical and electron microscopy platforms. It provides training and support for users in all aspects of microscopy from experimental setup, image acquisition, analysis and data interpretation.

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Our researchers

A list of researchers connected to this department.

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Getting here

Entrance: Research Tower
Route: 278

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Getting here

Visiting address

Geert Grooteplein 28
6525 GA Nijmegen


Enter building at: Research Tower
Follow route 278