Department Department of Life Sciences and Medicine

About the DLSM

University of Luxembourg’s Department of Life Sciences & Medicine

As an active partner in Luxembourg’s health network, the DLSM trains the country’s future biologists, physicians, and specialised nurses. In addition, we conduct research in several areas: Signal Transduction, Cancer Cell Biology & Drug Discovery, Systems Biology, Molecular Disease Mechanisms, and Nursing Sciences. Our researchers attract national and EU funding and contribute to top-tier scientific journals.

    Education and research to shape the health sciences field in Luxembourg

    DLSM focuses on pressing health issues. We study cancer, signalling networks, therapeutic approaches, and drug repurposing, through a combination of wet-lab and computational approaches. Our societal role centres on training physicians and specialised nurses, taking advantage of our continuously evolving advanced simulation unit. Moreover, we actively participate in numerous public outreach events. Since our inception, predating the creation of, the department has been part of Luxembourg’s health environment alongside hospitals, Ministries of Health and Higher Education and Research,

    Fondation Cancer, and all other national institutes involved in health. Our scientists maintain many international collaborations with academic and industrial partners. Our skilled teams publish in prestigious scientific journals and sit on their editorial boards. DLSM projects regularly attract funding from multiple private and public sources, within the country, Europe and worldwide. We accompany students from bachelor’s degree to PhD level, provide mobility opportunities. In Life science, we encourage participation in courses from different disciplines.

    What we stand for

    Our mission

    The Department of Life Sciences and Medicine’s key mission is to meet the needs of the country, by training highly skilled graduates who will play a leading role in society, and to improve health through research, education, and clinical practice.

    Our vision

    DLSM’s ambition is to continuously provide Luxembourg with a next generation of outstanding scientists and health professionals. By developing ground-breaking health sciences research, we constantly expand our local and global network of collaborators.

    Our values


    DLSM is intrinsically multicultural. This starts with the international origins of both students and staff – as for the rest of –, and extends to several multinational diplomas, but we give it a further multidimensional spin. To actively build an open-minded atmosphere, we apply an open-door policy and encourage students to engage with other departments or study abroad. To push traditional interdisciplinarity a step further, we bring future health professionals together early in their training.

    Committed to ethics

    To provide Luxembourg with health professionals and researchers trained to the highest standards, the curricula at DLSM also include ethics.

    Active in outreach

    Our expertise is ideally suited to outreach activities engaging the general public. In the past we have organised events linked to palliative medicine, ethics, inclusion and diversity in health care, raising awareness of colon and other cancers, and participated in the LUX:plorations science-comic initiative.

    Our team

    Committed to health through excellence in teaching, research, and outreach

    DLSM reflects the ethos of the University of Luxembourg’s Belval campus. Multicultural, multilingual, and interdisciplinary, our team is united in its research, educational, and outreach commitments. Shared equipment and core facilities, regular seminars, and group meetings reinforce networking. This enhances the quality and the productivity of our research, which is regularly published in high-ranking peer-reviewed journals.

    Iris Behrmann

    Iris Behrmann

    Head of Department of Life Sciences and Medicine

    In numbers

    • 8
    • 30
      post-docs & research scientists
    • 19
      doctoral candidates
    • 19
      technical & admin staff