About the Department of Biochemistry

Biotechnology research, education and services.

The Department delivers groundbreaking research: innovative results are published in leading international journals on an annual basis. The Department is one of the branches of the Flemish Institute for Biotechnology (in Dutch: Vlaams Instituut voor Biotechnologie, VIB) since its launch in 1996. Several research topics are connected to two spearhead programs of Ghent University: immunology/inflammation and bioinformatics. The international reputation of the research is also reflected in the acquisition of highly competitive European (ERC, FP7) and American (NIH) grants.
This research is directed by six subgroups. Biochemistry, molecular biology and systems biology approaches are applied for a better understanding of the functioning of the cell. This leads to new insights into the principles of cell communication, cell motility and cellular organization with applications, among others, in inflammation and immunity, metabolism and cancer.
Besides these fundamental research programs, there is also a clear connection to translational research. Innovative, in-house developed technologies are used for large-scale studies: proteomics and interactomics programs offer new applications in the field of biomarkers and the development of new therapeutics. Through an extensive network of national and international collaborations, links to (pre) clinical research are in place.

In the field of education, the Department provides mostly courses in basic sciences to students following  Audiology & Speech Therapy, Biomedical Sciences, Medicine, Physical Education and Movement Sciences, Medical-Social Sciences, Rehabilitation Sciences and Physiotherapy, and Dentistry. In addition, the Department is involved in some postgraduate courses and permanent training.

Several members of the Department hold positions in both national and international organizations and are so involved in policymaking. These services also include tasks as editor or peer reviewer for leading journals in life sciences, evaluations of project funding for organizations such as the European Commission and the like.

Together, over 100 members of the Department ensure the success of this threefold mission.