Bio2: Functional Biology

The scope of Expert panel Bio2 includes fundamental biological research, which focuses by content and/or methodology on cell communities, organs and (micro-)organisms. The finality of the research is the fundamental knowledge of biological processes without immediate application goals (such as medical, biomedical, agricultural, biotechnological).

More specific:

  • Research on physiological processes and their regulation, and the underlying mechanisms in all living organisms.
  • Research on homeostatic and hormonal mechanisms in plants and animals.
  • Research on exchange of signal molecules (Archaea, Bacteria, Eukarya).
  • Research on neuronal mechanisms, electrophysiological research.
  • Functional-morphological research, for example development, organogenesis, differentiation or ageing.
  • Adaptive physiological research (functional response related to environmental factors).
  • Research on the interactions between multicellular eukaryotes and micro-organisms.
  • Molecular-genetic research of behaviour.
  • Examples of disciplines (not exhaustive): plant, animal or microbial physiology, developmental or ageing biology, functional morphology, endocrinology, neurobiology and behaviour, ecophysiology, chronobiology, stress physiology, systems biology at organism and organ level.





Arckens Lutgarde

KU Leuven



Smagghe Guy

Universiteit Gent



Berardi Nicoletta

Florence University (IT)

Davies Shireen

University of Glasgow (GB)

De Boeck Gudrun

Universiteit Antwerpen

Denecke Jürgen

University of Leeds (GB)

Geelen Danny

Universiteit Gent

Ginsberg Stephen

Nathan Kline Institute/New York University Langone Medical Center

Kuchler Karl

Medical University of Vienna (AT)

Leinekugel Xavier


Prinsen Els

Universiteit Antwerpen

Swevers Luc

National Center for Scientific Research (GR)

Top Eva

University of Idaho (US)

Urban Otmar

Globale Change Research Institute

Vandenbroucke Roosmarijn

Universiteit Gent

Van den Ende Wim

KU Leuven