About our research

This Master’s specialisation is tightly connected to the Radboud Institute for Health Science (RIHS) and Radboud Institute of Molecular Life Sciences (RIMLS). On this page, you can read more about the relevant research institute(s) and departments in which our highly renowned research takes place.

Research institutes

Radboud Institute for Health Sciences

Human Biology is linked to the Radboud Institute for Health Sciences) (RIHS), which aims to translate early biomedical discoveries into applied clinical practice and public health. The themes cover various diseases, such as cancer, movement disorders and inflammatory diseases. As a Master’s student, you have the opportunity to do your internship at RIHS.

Radboud Institute for Molecular Life Sciences

The Radboud Institute for Molecular Life Sciences is a leading interfaculty research institute of the Faculty of Science (Radboud University) and of the Faculty of Medical Sciences (Radboudumc). Integrating the scientific expertise of both molecular and medical sciences, RIMLS aims to achieve a greater understanding of the molecular mechanisms of disease. By integrating fundamental and clinical research, researchers at RIMLS obtain multifaceted knowledge of (patho)physiological processes.

Research departments

During your Master's internship, you’ll spend more than half of your time in a laboratory. In that way, you’ll get extensive hands-on research experience. You can choose to do your internship at research departments with RIHS or RIMLS, or elsewhere. Some relevant departments are:

Human genetics

Human Genetics

The department of Human Genetics treats and investigates hereditary diseases of patients and their families. Their research is focused on the characterisation of novel diseasegenes and also results in new therapeutic strategies. Topics of interest are: blindness and deafness, cancer, congenital anomalies, and mental handicaps.

Department of Physiology


This department pursues and promotes knowledge of how the human body functions through an understanding of biomolecules, cells, organs, and organisms. The department is committed to basic and clinically relevant research of the highest achievable level that ranges from molecules to humans with the aim to unravel (patho)physiological mechanisms to ultimately improve the quality of life for human beings of all ages.

Department of Nephrology


The Nephrology department is a full facility center for renal replacement therapy and provides all dialysis modalities. Furthermore, renal transplantations are performed with kidneys from both living and cadaveric donors. The clinical and fundamental research of this department is focused on glomerular diseases and renal transplantation. 

Department of Hematology


The department Haematology performs research into blood-related diseases. The department is highly involved in supportive care studies for malignant diseases, which for example aim to optimize the tolerability of intensive chemotherapy. Other focus areas are immunotherapy, bone marrow diseases and meyelodysplastic syndrome.

Department of Molecular Pharmacology and Toxicology

Molecular Pharmacology and Toxicology

Research of the department focuses on personalized pharmacotherapy and systems pharmacology/toxicology ranging from molecule to patient. It aims to improve the efficacy and safety of drugs, including drug overdoses and intoxications. They investigate the complete spectrum from the molecular to the clinical level.