VIB campuses and research centers
In close partnership with five Flemish universities - Ghent University, KU Leuven, University of Antwerp, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, and Hasselt University - VIB unites the expertise of all its collaborators in a single institute. In total, VIB consists of eight thematic research centers with 81 research groups that are embedded in the campuses of our partner universities.
VIB-KU Leuven Center for Brain & Disease Research
VIB-KU Leuven Center for Cancer Biology
VIB-KU Leuven Center for Microbiology
VIB-UAntwerp Center for Molecular Neurology
VIB Center for Inflammation Research
VIB-UGent Center for Medical Biotechnology
VIB-UGent Center for Plant Systems Biology
VIB-VUB Center for Structural Biology
Scientists at VIB conduct pioneering research across a wide spectrum of disciplines ranging from cancer, inflammation and neuroscience to plant biology. Our scientists are world leaders in their fields, and this is one of our greatest strengths.
Life sciences are evolving at an ever-increasing pace, and the boundaries of our knowledge are constantly shifting as new technologies emerge. VIB scientists are at the forefront of all these developments and can rely on excellent support staff and state-of-the-art lab facilities and equipment.
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Technologies and services
Technological advances set the pace for research.
The basic research at VIB continuously pushes the boundaries of scientific knowledge. In doing so, the need for disruptive technologies has become apparent. Therefore, VIB devotes a lot of attention to the development of core facilities that bundle the institutional technological expertise and make this available to scientists inside and outside of VIB, as well as to industrial partners. Furthermore, VIB has established a dedicated Tech Watch team to make sure that cutting-edge technologies are spotted and integrated into the cores and research centers at an early stage, strengthening the innovative status of VIB research.
See Us In Action
Towards new asthma treatments
Researchers from VIB and argenx have solved a century-long puzzle about the presence of protein crystals in asthma. Normally, proteins do not crystallize in the body, but there are some instances where this process does occur. Charcot-Leyden crystals are made from the protein Galectin-10 and were discovered in the airways of asthmatics as early as 1853.
A landscape of blood vessels
Pushing the boundaries of cancer research forward with pioneering work on endothelial cells. Our scientists are providing an even more detailed, single-cell look at cells and blood vessels by using an array of high-end technologies, single-cell and bulk RNA sequencing, mass cytometry, proteomics, big data analysis, as well as functional testing of identified targets.
LIFE IN THE VIB LABS
Labs aren't just places to perform experiments. Labs are places where colleagues exchange experiences, help each other, and form friendships. VIB encourages a sensible work-life balance, as well as an enjoyable life within its labs and headquarters.
Scientists at VIB conduct groundbreaking biomolecular research in life sciences, leading to sustained scientific progress and contributing to a better world. They study the molecular mechanisms that shape human health and disease, and plant growth and development. The research results can lead to improved detection, prevention and treatment of diseases, as well as enhanced crops and food products.
Since it was founded in 1995, VIB has led the way in showing how excellence in strategic basic research combined with a proactive technology transfer strategy can create tangible results that improve society as a whole.
EU Life: Europe's top life sciences research alliance
VIB is one of the founding members of EU-LIFE, an alliance of leading European life sciences research institutes, which contributes to the improvement of research by influencing European science policies and by developing, implementing and disseminating best practices in the organization and management of research institutes.