Understanding the molecular basis of disease

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Prof. René Bindels, Scientific Director

The mission of the Radboud Institute for Molecular Life Sciences (RIMLS)  is to achieve a greater understanding of the molecular mechanisms of disease. By integrating fundamental and clinical research, the institute obtains multifaceted knowledge of (patho)physiological processes. To have a significant impact on healthcare, these findings are translated into diagnostics, therapeutics and personalized treatment strategies.

The RIMLS accommodates research groups from the Radboud university medical center (Radboudumc) and the Faculty of Science of the Radboud University Nijmegen. 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 clinically-orientated research themes from molecule-to-man (M-2-M) plus a "mechanism-based" theme focusing on chemical biology and nanomedicine. RIMLS works closely with the Radboud Institute for Health Sciences (RIHS), thereby extending many of the research themes from 'man' to 'population' studies. The multi-disciplinary approach to research in molecular life science is reflected in an established RIMLS Graduate School with a dedicated 2-year research honours MSc degree in Molecular Mechanisms of Disease and a follow-up 4-year PhD program.

Our goals are:

  • To generate basic knowledge in the molecular medical science and to translate this knowledge into clinical applications, into the development of diagnostics and into the treatment of patients through translational research programs.
  • An international graduate institute integrating top research MSc and PhD programs constituting a challenging yet enriching learning environment where researchers of all levels are exposed to societal-relevant multidisciplinary research questions along the theme of understanding the molecular basis of disease.

RIMLS innovation is advanced through a number of Technology Platforms, such as microscope and in vivo imaging, genomics, proteomics and bioinformatics. The RIMLS prides itself on being an international research school offering a stimulating environment for scientists of all levels. In addition to our Master's and PhD programs, the RIMLS actively participates in a post-doc platform and is committed to promoting career-track models, such as the Hypatia Tenure Track.

I would like to welcome you to the Radboud Institute for Molecular Life Sciences research and graduate school and invite you to navigate through our website. For queries please contact the RIMLS secretariat on ++31 (0)24 26 10707 or email us.