Life Sciences gives you the skills and understanding to perform lab research in different scientific settings, including fundamental research and quality control. You can specialise in molecular plant biology, molecular pathogenesis, or biotechnology. Your practical experience combined with the knowledge and skills in science and project management will make you the linking pin between lab technicians and management, and between different departments.
Theory and practice are inseparable at HAN University of Applied Sciences. You get a solid theoretical foundation as your lecturers guide you through all the current research topics in life sciences. But at the same time, you dive straight into practice in the lab. In fact, half your time is spent doing practical work. This means working in groups of 4-6 students on projects that deal with real problems in the field of life sciences. And because HAN University of Applied Sciences collaborates with companies and research institutes in the Netherlands and abroad, you get to work on cutting-edge research projects. This gives you invaluable experience as well as problem-solving and communication skills that put you in high demand on the labour market.
At the HAN Biocentre, staff and students conduct practice-based research that finds answers to specific questions from the professional field. The centre focuses on biodiscovery, which involves the discovery, analysis, production and application of biomolecules such as proteins and metabolites. As a Life Sciences student you can also participate in various research projects at other universities and institutes. Some students have participated in research on melanomas at the Department of Pathology and Cancer Biology (Vanderbilt University Nashville). Others have contributed to research at the Biochemistry Department at the University of Oxford. This involves C. elegans, a nematode that enables the study of pathological conditions, such as tumour formation.
During your studies, you will have access to excellent lab facilities. All the basics as well as advanced apparatus can be found there. What’s more, specialised microbiological, plant and biochemical labs allow you to do research on DNA, RNA and protein. To make cells visible you can use light microscopy, fluorescent microscopy and electron microscopy. For molecular research on skin cancer, you have access to real-time PCR apparatus, a high performance plate reader and a flow cytometer. And to make biological products, you can use the fermentation lab, where bacteria, fungi and yeasts can be fermented under ideal conditions.
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