Systems Biology

Do you want to better understand the underlying mechanisms of life? Would you like to contribute to integrating the scientific fields of biology and mathematics in order to open new perspectives for a deeper insight into biology, development of diseases and possibly the development of new therapies? Then Systems Biology is the right programme for you!

Systems Biology will become mainstream in biological sciences this century. It can be used to systematically gather knowledge at all levels, from molecules to entire systems and its integration into quantitative (computer) models. These models make accurate simulation of biological processes possible.

This programme will give you the knowledge and practical skills necessary to unravel the complexity of these systems and use it for academic, industrial and societal progress. After you’ve graduated, your ability to unify life sciences and mathematics will make you a great candidate for a career in medical research, drug development and biotechnology. Read more

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Master’s Programme Systems Biology – Maastricht University


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Maastricht Centre for Systems Biology (MaCSBio)

Launched in 2015, the Maastricht Centre for Systems Biology (MaCSBio) strives to perform cutting edge research in the interdisciplinary field of Systems Biology to create a “virtual physiological human”, a set of computational and mathematical models based on biological evidence that will help to understand and predict human systems.

Research projects at MaCSBio focus on multi-scale modelling within two complementary research lines tackling areas that are highly relevant for society:

  • Systems Medicine of Chronic Diseases
  • Computational Biology of Neural and Genetic Systems

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  • Amrapali Zaveri and Anna Schueth

    Anna Schueth and Ilja Arts win Amrapali Zaveri Award

    Wednesday, March 10, 2021
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  • Shauna O'Donovan sucessfully defends thesis

    Shauna O'Donovan successfully defends thesis

    Monday, September 28, 2020

    In her thesis: 'Modelling the Dynamics in Time Series of Metabolomics and Transcriptomics Data' O'Donovan focused on a range of computational approaches that allow multivariate time series of biological data to be integrated, analysed, and interpreted.

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  • Adipose tissue

    Publication in Nature Research

    Friday, July 24, 2020

    The framework of this research allows tissue cell type composition to emerge as a potential marker measuring homeostasis that can be utilized in prospective studies in regenerative medicine.

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  • Molecular processes of coronavirus identified

    Wednesday, May 13, 2020

    Scientists of Maastricht UMC+ and Maastricht University are closely involved in describing the molecular mechanism of the coronavirus.

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  • Samar Tareen

    Samar Tareen successfully defends thesis

    Thursday, April 30, 2020

    Former PhD student Samar H.K. Tareen has successfully defended his thesis entitled 'Modelling molecular processes in weight loss: Regulation of metabolic flexibility'.

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  • MaCSBio PhD student Chaitra Sarathy publishes first paper

    Thursday, February 13, 2020

    The paper: "EFMviz: A COBRA Toolbox extension to visualize Elementary Flux Modes in Genome-Scale Metabolic Models."

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  • Balasz Erdos wins poster award

    Balazs Erdos wins poster award

    Monday, December 9, 2019

    140 researchers came together for the EMBO Workshop: Precision Health: Molecular Basis, Technology and Digital Health to present and discuss the promises and challenges of precision health and the molecular insights necessary to enable a maintenance of wellness and prevention of disease.

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  • Felix Taschbach wins the MaCSBio Master Thesis Award

    Systems Biology graduate wins MaCSBio Master Thesis Award

    Thursday, July 11, 2019

    During the ceremony, Dr. Mike Gerards handed out the MaCSBio Thesis Award to graduate Felix Taschbach for his research.

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  • MaCSBio - Ilja Arts

    Ilja Arts appointed board member NWO Science Domain

    Thursday, April 25, 2019

    Prof. dr. Ilja Arts, scientific director of the Maastricht Centre for Systems Biology was appointed as board member of NWO's Science Domain.

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  • Thomas Cleij

    Thomas Cleij appointed as new Dean of the Faculty of Science and Engineering

    Thursday, February 28, 2019

    The Executive Board of Maastricht University (UM) has appointed Prof. dr. Thomas Cleij as the new dean of the Faculty of Science & Engineering.

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