Here we aim to extend our understanding of inanimate matter to ‘life’ and provide a physical basis for the diverse phenomonology displayed by the living world. This physical research has a strong connection to biology, chemistry and medicine.
The 21st century has been identified as the ‘century of the photon’, organized within the VU-LaserLaB (LLAMS) our researchers are uniquely equipped to apply advanced optical tools and microscopies to their study of Physics of Life and Health.
Recent developments in molecular imaging and spectroscopy make it possible to follow metabolic processes at the cellular and even molecular level. The simultaneous modelling of such a multitude of signals in terms of a physical-chemical model is the challenge for Physical Systems-biology.
Translation and implementation of these physical-technological developments into the clinical process is one of the challenges of biomedical and clinical physics.