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Molecules of life

Amsterdam Institute of Molecular and Life Sciences

Welcome to the Amsterdam Institute of Molecular and Life Sciences. AIMMS understands molecules, makes molecules, detects molecules and studies their impact in biotechnological, biomedical and environmental contexts.

The mission of AIMMS is to achieve breakthroughs in molecular, pharmaceutical and life sciences, through fundamental understanding of molecules and their interaction with biological systems, humans and the environment. AIMMS integrates these disciplines to understand, modulate and use biological processes to improve sustainability and human health.



AIMMS takes a molecular perspective
AIMMS studies molecules in biotechnological, biomedical and environmental contexts
AIMMS applies fundamental knowledge 

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Overview AIMMS


PhD programme

The primary aim of the AIMMS PhD programme is to train talented students to become highly skilled and independent scientists in AIMMS related areas of research and to prepare them for a future career in academia and other research institutes, society and industry, in particular the pharmaceutical industry.

The PhD programme within AIMMS typically takes four years, but depending on the scientific discipline and the type of funding 3-year PhD programmes also exist (e.g. ITNs).

Below you can find all relevant information about the PhD programme


AIMMS provides complementary disciplines in chemistry and biology to study molecules in interaction with biological systems and the environment. We study chemical bonds, molecules, proteins, snake venoms, toxicity pathways, microbes, Zebra fish and humans.

The research groups involved in AIMMS belong to:

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VU Amsterdam, Faculty of Science
O2 building
De Boelelaan 1108
1081 HZ Amsterdam, The Netherlands