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.

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


  • 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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  • Lipiden MSI

    M4i research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS)

    Tuesday, November 7, 2017

    Research into the influence of lipids on the severity of a bacterial infection in a mammalian host published in PNAS.

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  • M4i hosts Mass Spectrometry Imaging workshop

    Tuesday, October 31, 2017

    M4i organizes its first workshop on Mass Spectrometry Imaging in Maastricht on November 13-17th, 2017.

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  • Ron Heeren in Analytical Scientist Power List 2017

    Monday, October 23, 2017

    Ron Heeren ranks #6 in the category 'Mass Spectrometrists' of the Analytical Scientist Power List 2017 

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Visiting address: M4I Devision of Nanoscopy

Prof Peter Peters - contact Maria Miu