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.





Cuypers Ann

Universiteit Hasselt



Arckens Lutgarde

KU Leuven



Berardi Nicoletta

Florence University (IT)

Davies Shireen

University of Glasgow (GB)

De Boeck Gudrun

Universiteit Antwerpen

Denecke Jürgen

University of Leeds (GB)

Kuchler Karl

Medical University of Vienna (AT)

Leinekugel Xavier

CNRS & Université Bordeaux 1&2 (FR)

Mariani Celestina

Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen (NL)

Prinsen Els

Universiteit Antwerpen

Smagghe Guy


Swevers Luc

National Center for Scientific Research (GR)

Top Eva

University of Idaho (US)

Vandenbroucke Roosmarijn


Van den Ende Wim

KU Leuven