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How molecules by organisation and interaction create life

Molecular Cell Biology

The department of Molecular Cell Biology (MCB) strives to elucidate how the integration of molecular structure, function, and behavior can lead to a functional living cell.

Subjects under elucidation range from the structural dynamics of domains within macromolecules and subunits of macromolecular assemblies, through the integration of pathways and organelles, to the interactions of a cell with its immediate environment. The integration generates new functional properties through the nonlinear, dynamic and spatial nature of the interactions between biological macromolecules.

Mission and vision of the department
The central theme of the Department of Molecular Cell Biology is how molecules by dynamical organisation and interaction create life. MCB addresses this question by means of excellent, internationally recognized teaching and research.

View all of our publications, sorted by year of release and categorized by publication type, ranging from journal articles and doctoral theses to lectures and conference contributions.

Research groups

The department of Molecular Cell Biology is divided into three research groups:

  • Molecular Microbiology
  • Structural Biology
  • Systems Biology Lab 

Education programmes

The department participates in several Bachelor's and Master programmes. The programmes are challenging and innovative.

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More about



Head of the department:
Prof. dr. H. (Holger) Lill

Administrative Office:
Jacqueline Cransberg

VU Amsterdam, Faculty of Science
Science building (W&N)
De Boelelaan 1085
1081 HV Amsterdam, The Netherlands