HUMANE BIOLOGIE maastricht university

The Humane Biologie department is part of the School of Nutrition and Translational Research in Metabolism (NUTRIM). NUTRIM aims to contribute to health maintenance and personalised medicine by unraveling lifestyle and disease-induced derangements in metabolism and by developing targeted nutritional, exercise and drug interventions. This is facilitated by a state of the art research infrastructure and close interaction between scientists, clinicians, master and PhD students.

Research within Humane Biologie focuses on various aspects of human and metabolic health and how lifestyle factors can affect health, with an emphasis on Nutrition and Physical Activity. Using a translational scientific approach, our mission is to generate and transfer knowledge to improve health, well-being and sustainability of our society. The Department has a close fit to the themes and research of the Maastricht University Medical Center+ and the Campus Venlo (Innovative health foods). Within the Department, four research groups are embedded, related to

  • Obesity and Obesity-related health risks
  • Exercise Metabolism, Protein Metabolism, and Sarcopenia (
  • Molecular genetics of Obesity and
  • A joint embedding of the research group Microbiology of the Gastro-Intestinal tract with Campus Venlo.