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.

Research

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.

Education

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.

New M4I office wing

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.

M4I office wing

News

  • Maastricht University and Avans University of Applied Sciences awarded €250,000 for forensic study of hair

    Friday, July 6, 2018

    Researchers at Maastricht University (UM) and Avans University of Applied Sciences are developing a method that enables person profiling on the basis of hair.

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  • Maastricht technology makes simultaneous lipid imaging and identification possible

    Thursday, May 24, 2018

    Scientists from Maastricht University (UM) and researchers from Denmark and Germany have developed a new technique to accurately determine both the location and identity of lipids in bodily tissues in a single workflow. Lipids are essential molecules in every cell of our body and intimately involved in many important biological functions. 

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  • Maastricht University is a linchpin in national microscopy research

    Thursday, April 12, 2018

    The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) is allocating more than 17 million euros in subsidies for the further development of a Dutch network for electron microscopy (NEMI). Almost 5 million of this will go to UM. From Maastricht, the M4I institute of university professors Ron Heeren (mass spectrometry) and Peter Peters (cryo-electron microscopy) is one of the initiators of NEMI.

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  • MSI symposium November 2017

    First workshop on Mass Spectrometry Imaging organised by M4i

    Friday, December 8, 2017

    From November 13-17th, 2017 M4i organised its first workshop dedicated to Mass Spectrometry Imaging (MSI). 

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  • The organising committe of OurCon V: Florian Barré (UM), Alina Astefanei (UvA), Irena Dapic (UvA), Philippe Saudemont (UdL), Brenda Bakker (UT), Lieke Lamont (UM), Pieter Kooijman (UM)

    International MSI conference OurCon organised by M4i

    Friday, November 10, 2017

    Three PhD students from Maastricht University's M4I took the lead in bringing the fifth edition of the OurCon mass spectrometry imaging (MSI) to the Netherlands.

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Visiting address: M4I Devision of Nanoscopy

Prof Peter Peters - contact Maria Miu