About us

Combining molecular, cellular and computational approaches, research at Department of Life Sciences and Medicine (DLSM) focuses on the fundamental understanding of biological processes relevant to human diseases to make use of it for biomedical applications.

The centrepiece of this research is the cell which serves as a unifying principle for life. The capacity of cells to divide, to differentiate into various types or to migrate is crucial for tissue integrity, renewal and function. The behaviour of cells is tightly controlled in time and space by signals they receive from their environment.

When cells fail to communicate, the consequences can be severe: Most diseases with high societal impacts are linked to failing cell communication and abnormal cell behaviour. These include inflammatory diseases, such as atherosclerosis, a chronic inflammatory response to the build-up of fatty materials in the arteries and neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s, or Parkinson’s, as well as cancer, the leading cause of death worldwide.

The DLSM is responsible for the Bachelor in Life Sciences (Biology and Medicine) and for the Master in Integrated Systems Biology which  which is a partner of the EU-Atlantis study programme in Cancer and Systems Biology, CansSys. In partnership with the Luxembourg Center for Systems Biomedicine (LCSB), a doctoral school in Systems and Molecular Biomedicine started in 2011.