Experimental laboratories in life sciences
While the Radboud University excels in research programs in the molecular- and biosciences, there is an unmet need to further integrate and connect these research areas. Interdisciplinary research at these interfaces in the context of the Interdisciplinary Research Platform can contribute to address sustainable goals in the areas of health, food, agriculture and the environment.
Life science research at the Radboud Faculty of Science
During the last decades, interdisciplinary research at the interface of molecular sciences and biosciences has become more and more pronounced. Chemists develop molecular tools that empower biologists with a broad arsenal of bioengineering technologies to unravel biochemical and cellular processes in model organisms and sophisticated self-organizing in vitro culture systems.
Furthermore, chemists are inspired by biosynthetic principles and biochemical pathways, which leads to more efficient and more sustainable chemical processes. Additionally, the expanding molecular toolbox and powerful omics (e.g. proteomics, glycomics, metabolomics, high-throughput imaging) technologies produce extensive data sets that require new data science solutions for meaningful processing and interpretation.
While the Radboud University excels in the above-mentioned technologies, their full potential can only be realized when these are integrated and connected in the form of interdisciplinary research projects.
Potential for interdisciplinary research
As an example, the expertise of the RIMLS-Science institute with its advanced single cell, proteomics and bioinformatics capabilities is relevant for many aspects of life science research at the Faculty of Science. These technologies have significant potential to foster interdisciplinary collaborations, thus bridging gaps between research programs that are currently ongoing at different institutes within the Faculty of Science.