The Molecular and Cellular Biology (MCB) expert group is divided into two subunits that conduct specific research with regard to the biological effects of ionising radiation at low doses and bacterial adaptation under extreme conditions.
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).
Head of Expert Group: Vanmarcke Hans