Research institutes

M4I Division of Nanoscopy

M4I Division of Nanoscopy strives for greater insight into the 3D form of cell proteins, paving the way for developing more effective treatments for diseases such as cancer and tuberculosis while gaining better understanding of how protein complexes manage healthy and diseased cells, allowing drugs and vaccines to work more effectively.


The M4I Division of Nanoscopy investigates cell structures at a macromolecular level. Inside cells, proteins work together in complex structures and are responsible for virtually all processes in the human body, including diseases such as cancer. To understand the working mechanisms of protein complexes, three-dimensional imaging of normal and disease-causing protein complexes is essential. This could ultimately lead to more effective treatments, but also to vaccines against diseases such as tuberculosis.


M4I’s scientists are involved in teaching at a bachelor's, master's and PhD level, within the University College Maastricht, the Maastricht Science Programme and various programmes within the Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences.

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A new M4I office wing with the same open and transparent look and feel will be realised now. Based on C.O.R.E. collaborative open research education. C.O.R.E. requires a transparent and open environment for both laboratories and offices.

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  • Cancer cells

    IMS CORE lab teams up with Cristal Therapeutics

    Monday, July 6, 2020

    The ICARUS project will be carried out in close collaboration with the IMS CORE lab at the M4I division of Imaging Mass Spectrometry, ​where CriPec® nanoparticle microlocalisation and drug release in tumours will be evaluated.

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    How the coronavirus infects our small intestines

    Monday, May 18, 2020

    Interview with prof. Peter Peters on the Science article he co-worked on intensively.

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  • corona virus

    Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 infects cells of the intestine

    Friday, May 1, 2020

    Researchers from the Hubrecht Institute in Utrecht, Erasmus MC University Medical Center Rotterdam, and Maastricht University in the Netherlands have found that the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19, can infect cells of the intestine and multiply there.

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  • Prof. Maarten Honing joins Dutch Chemistry Council

    Monday, March 2, 2020 Read more
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    Realising hair’s information richness

    Tuesday, January 21, 2020

    Interview with Cyrille Depondt, director of Dutch Screening Group (DSG), a spin-off company that originated from Ron Heeren's research.

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Visiting address: M4I Division of Nanoscopy

Prof. Peter Peters - contact Anita Mühlegger