The department of Molecular Cell Biology and Immunology (MCBI), headed by prof. dr. Yvette van Kooyk, performs fundamental-preclinical research in the field of Cancer Immunology, Neuroimmunology and Mucosal Immunology. The main goals of the department are to 1) perform innovative, cutting-edge and excellent  fundamental research with translational character and 2) to  provide education of the highest quality level both theoretical and hand-on in topics such as in immunology, cell biology and biochemistry.

The department of Molecular Cell Biology and Immunology (MCBI), consists of around 120 researchers and 10 research groups supervised by principle investigators. MCBI  is a preclinical department with outstanding facilities to perform state-of-the-art research fundamental and translational research. Clinical research questions are approached in experimental models, and new fundamental research results are translated into potential clinical applications.

The research performed in the department covers a wide variety of topics in the field of cell biology and immunology. The MCBI department has ample expertise in advanced in-vivo and in-vitro research models and methodology in the field of immunology. The MCBI technology unit comprises sophisticated equipment ranging from life cell imaging, flowcytometry, image-stream, mass-spectometry and peptide synthesis.

The bachelor and master education of both medical students and students of the Faculty of Earth and Life Sciences is central to the academic role of the department. MCBI is a major contributor to both the undergraduate and graduate curriculum through providing courses covering basic cell biology, biochemistry, (neuro)immunology, glycobiology, cancer immunology and molecular biology.