Interdisciplinary Biosciences

The Interdisciplinary Biosciences expert group (BIO) is divided into three research units that conduct specific research with regard to the biological effects of ionising radiation, bacterial adaptation under extreme conditions and the behaviour of radionuclides in the biosphere.


The Radiobiology research unit contributes to public health by providing the necessary scientific background for radiation protection, radiotherapy and nuclear medicine.

Radiobiological research aims at evaluating the potential risks of low doses of ionising radiation delivered to the organism with an important concern in the radiosensitivity of the developing mammalian organism and in the individual susceptibility to ionising radiation.


The  Microbiology research unit contributes to the study of the behaviour of bacteria in extreme environments (space, Antarctic platform, heavily polluted soils) and to the use of bacteria for water and waste recycling and for oxygen and food production in the context of long-term space missions (to Mars, for example).

Biosphere Impact Studies

The Biosphere Impact Studies research unit investigates the behaviour of radionuclides in the terrestrial environment and develops models to predict radionuclide behaviour.

The effect of ionising radiation on non-human biota is also studied. The impact of ionising radiation and radioactive substances on man and environment is evaluated.

Head of Expert Group: Vanmarcke Hans