The BioMedical Science Center Brussels is a center of expertise affiliated with the bachelor program Biomedical Laboratory Sciences (“biomedische laboratoriumtechnologie”) at the Erasmushogeschool Brussel.
The Biomedical Science Center Brussels started in October 2017 and carries out both in-house and on-demand scientific projects in collaboration with bachelor students Biomedical Laboratory Sciences. As a consequence these projects are confined to the three disciplines within the Biomedical Laboratory Sciences program: Biotechnology, Pharmacy, Clinical & Molecular diagnostics.
Currently, the BioMedical Science Center Brussels has two (in-house) research lines running in collaboration with the VUB:
(1) the implementation of the CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing system in filamentous fungi that are potentially interesting in industrial applications,
(2) the development of a liposome based nanobody delivery system that specifically targets cancer cells.
But the BioMedical Science Center Brussels also performs services and R&D for third parties. We aim to address specific questions coming from the biomedical workfield and/or industry within short-term projects. Examples of past and future services comprise:
- testing the antimicrobial properties of coatings, commissioned by a company
- the development of stable triturations, commissioned by a company
- cloning plasmids for academic research, commissioned by the VUB
Finally, the BioMedical Science Center supports the Open BioLab Brussels that started in September 2016. The Open BioLab Brussels, also an initiative of the bachelor program Biomedical Laboratory Sciences, is a lab that opens once a week. Its goal is to offer everyone with an interest in life sciences and biomedical sciences the opportunity to set-up research projects by providing its laboratory equipement as well as guidance by highly skilled mentors. The Open BioLab provides a place and a platform that interconnects interested, motivated students, staff and/or other stakeholders, creating a vibrant community.
In order to promote the scientific literacy of high school students, we are developing low cost DIY-bio STEAM-kits as well as DIY laboratory tools that can readily be used or set-up in schools. Additionally we are also providing complementary workshops for science teachers and high-school students in the Open BioLab Brussels.
Hereby the BioMedical Science Center Brussels and the bachelor program Biomedical Laboratory Science at the Erasmushogeschool Brussel strives to contribute forming (biomedical laboratory) scientists that are better equipped to the demands of the job market!
Where to find us?
Biomedical Science Center Brussels is situated at campus Jette Erasmushogeschool Brussels.