Molecular Biology

The Molecular Biology department (part of Radboud Institute for Molecular Life Sciences) aims to unravel the molecular basis of development and differentiation emanating from the genome and epigenome in the context of health and disease. The major focus is on the regulatory networks in several model systems. State-of-the-art technological developments are applied, ranging from single molecule studies to genome wide elucidation of genetic and epigenetic pathways and mechanisms. 

Research groups

Michiel Vermeulen

Gene Regulation in Stem Cells and Cancer Cells Group


Michiel Vermeulen

The group of Michiel Vermeulen aims to understand how genes are regulated and expressed in stem cells and cancer. For this, we develop and apply state-of-the-art quantitative mass-spectrometry-based proteomics and next generation DNA sequencing technology to decipher how genes are regulated and expressed in stem cells, as well as how this regulation is disrupted in cancer cells.

Richard Bartfai

Integrative Parasitology Group


Richárd Bártfai

The group of Richárd Bártfai conducts research on Malaria, aiming to decipher transcriptional and epigenetic mechanisms that govern the development of P. falciparum and its interaction with the human host. Insights into gene regulatory mechanism of the malaria parasite will hopefully lead to development of antimalarial compounds.

About Bártfai's Group

Colin Logie

Chromatin Structure Group


Colin Logie

The group led by Colin Logie does research on chromatin and the relation between chromatin structure and transcription, DNA replication, recombination and repair. Research focuses on transcription factors, histone modifications and on SNF2-type ATPase bearing chromatin motors. With the aim to uncover how the chromatin structure affects the accessibility of the DNA and how it influences the proper functioning of our cells.

Hendrik Marks

"Ground State" of Pluripotent ESCs Group


Hendrik Marks

Embryonic stem cells (ESCs) have the remarkable ability to develop into any type of cell in the body (so called 'pluripotency'). In recent years, advancements in stem cell technology has enabled researchers to grow mouse ESCs in a defined serum-free medium, in which the ESCs can be kept in a "ground state" of pluripotency. The team led by Hendrik Marks aims to further understand and define the ground state of ESCs. By studying the signals, the gene networks, and the epigenetic mechanisms, we hope to gain a deeper understanding of how ESCs remain in their pluripotent ground state.

Joost Martens

Oncofusion Proteins in Cancer Development


Joost Martens

The group led by Joost Martens is studying abnormal proteins called oncofusion proteins and their role in cancer development. Understanding the binding regions, the effects on gene activity, and the associated epigenetic features can provide valuable information about the underlying mechanisms of cancer and potentially lead to the development of targeted therapies or diagnostic tools.

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