Molecular Cytology is the study of the dynamic architecture of living cells. Our central theme is 'Self-organisation and signalling in living cells'. Self-organisation is the intrinsic property of matter to organise itself in a (dynamic) structure, whereas signalling implies the activity of gene-products to control a local activity which can alter the local cellular architecture (e.g. driving morphogenesis). In order to achieve a certain 3D architecture in cells, these two important mechanisms work in concert. At Molecular Cytology both mechanisms are studied with emphasis on membrane-related architecture of living cells using advanced microscopy tools.
Because of this integrated expertise and advanced instrumentation, the centre has triggered significant collaborative research projects both within and outside SILS.