Graduate School

School for Oncology and Developmental Biology

The School for Oncology & Developmental Biology (GROW) focuses on research and teaching of genetic and cellular mechanisms, as well as environmental and life-style factors that underlie normal (embryonic and fetal) and abnormal (cancer) development. The emphasis is on basic and translational research, aiming at innovative approaches for individualizing prevention, patient diagnosis, and treatment for genetically determined diseases and cancer.


GROW research activities in the areas of oncology and developmental medicine are closely interrelated, revolving around the same basic concepts and research techniques. Scientists at GROW collaborate intensively with clinicians at the Maastricht Oncology Centre and the Centre for Genetics, Reproduction and Child Health.

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An important aim within GROW is training master's and PhD students in the fields of modern medicine and molecular life sciences.

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  • Philippe Lambin

    Obtaining research grants in times of corona

    Thursday, June 25, 2020

    A video interview with Prof. Philippe Lambin

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    ERC Proof of Concept Grant for the development and testing of AI software for lung cancer

    Monday, April 27, 2020

    In this ERC PoC project, we introduce fully automated software for fast, accurate, observer independent and reproducible detection and volumetric segmentation of (lung) tumours and metastases on CT images.

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  • Andre Dekker

    Improving healthcare with big data

    Monday, April 6, 2020

    Andre Dekker is a clinical physicist and professor of Clinical Data Science at Maastricht University, Maastricht UMC+ and the MAASTRO Clinic. Since 2010 he has led a research group. He has over 150 publications to his name and has supervised more than 25 PhD candidates.

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    Do algorithms help make healthcare better?

    Monday, November 25, 2019

    How can you further improve healthcare with the use of ‘big data’? That question is central to many scientific studies worldwide. At Maastricht University, the research group led by Professor of Clinical Data Sciences André Dekker is also working on answers to this question.

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  • Veerle Klokhuis

    'Gut thoughts and feelings' wins the Klokhuis Wetenschapsprijs

    Thursday, November 7, 2019 Read more
  • Gut thoughts and feelings

    Tuesday, October 22, 2019

    Can she explain the second brain to children? For her discovery of the involvement of the Enteric Nervous System (ENS) in colorectal cancer, Veerle Melotte has been nominated for the Klokhuis Wetenschapsprijs. That might give her the chance to share her research – and possibly get a foot in the door of children’s entertainment.

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  • PET MRI scan instead of surgery

    A scan instead of sentinel lymph node surgery

    Monday, October 14, 2019

    In 2019, it seems more logical to make a scan of the armpit glands to determine whether breast cancer has spread, rather than surgery to remove the glands (the sentinel lymph node operation). For many women, the latter leads to long-term complaints, such as a stiff shoulder and accumulation of fluid in the arm (lymphedema). Until now, it wasn’t technically possible to make such a scan reliably. In a few years, researchers at Maastricht hope to change this through a study using the only PET-MRI scanner in the Netherlands.

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  • Killer cells deadly for cancer cells: #buthow?

    Monday, September 2, 2019

    Two PhD candidates from Maastricht's cancer research institute GROW tell about their research into killer cells. 

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    Four Vidi grants for talented UM researchers

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  • First two TEFAF Fellowships awarded

    Friday, May 24, 2019

    This year, for the first time, two TEFAF Fellowships are awarded to PhD students from GROW (School for Oncology & Developmental Biology). Femke Ehlers and Nicky Beelen will have the opportunity to perform part of their research in the renowned lab of the TEFAF Honorary Chair, Professor Dr. Lisa Coussens at Oregon Health and Science Knight Cancer Center.

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GROW works in close cooperation with the Maastricht University Medical Center+ (MUMC+). MUMC+ is known both nationally and internationally for its focus on prevention and taking an integrated approach to health care: from prevention, promotion of good health, and basic care, to top-level clinical diagnostics and treatment. Patient safety is our top priority in all of our endeavours. MUMC+ is part of The Netherlands Federation of University Medical Centres.