Located in the heart of the University of Liège (Belgium) and physically integrated into the University Hospital (CHU) of Liège, the GIGA is a major centre for research and activity development in the field of biotechnologies.
An alliance between life science and technologies, biotechnologies are applied in many fields such as health, agriculture or industry.
The research theme of the Faculty Research Unit AGROBIOCHEM focuses on the valorisation of bioproducts related to the production of bio-resources. The research conducted there is aimed at developing food and non-food bioproducts through the transformation and exploitation of bio-resources, with the aim of improving the quality of life and the well-being of human and animal populations, all while preserving the environment.
The Faculty Research Unit BIOSE (Bio-Systems Engineering) brings together a set of teams (axes) leading their research in the field of sustainable management of natural and man-made areas. All the activities carried out are part of a conceptual logic: Measure, Quantify, Model - Understand and Interpret - Manage and Valorise.
dBRU- Dental biomaterials research unit
The d-BRU is specialised in Biomaterials (particular dental), from their in vitro and in vivo studies to clinical research. Research revolves around 2 research focuses: implantable biomaterials on the one hand, and restorative biomaterials on the other. The first focus is more particularly dedicated to tissue regeneration biomaterials and dental implants, as well as their biological interaction with the living tissue, whereas the second focus studies the biomaterials intended for the restoration and regeneration of dental tissues, as well as prosthetic biomaterials in generals, whether dental or for implant. Research in dental biomaterials is characterised by its interdisciplinary and translational nature.
The FARAH is the structural interdisciplinary research centre of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of the University of Liège, which manages the structural resources of the research institution. The activities carried out by the members of FARAH belong to one of these three specialised sectors: comparative veterinary medicine, sustainable animal production and veterinary public health. The FARAH is the new Structural interdisciplinary research centre of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of the University of Liège, which manages the structural resources of the institute dedicated to research.
FOCUS - Freshwater and OCeanic science Unit of reSearch
The research unit integrates fundamental and applied research in the aquatic domain. Its general theme is to carry out studies on the characterisation, understanding and modelling of the physical environment of aquatic ecosystems to maintain and/or restore their good environmental status and promote the goods and services provided by these ecosystems to businesses. In particular, the goal is to understand the dynamics of the ocean and inland waters and the interactions between organisms and their habitat.
GIGA - Research
The themes of the GIGA-Research research unit cover the field of biomedical sciences in the broad sense of the term. There are the following themes: cancer, neuroscience, immunity, inflammation and infections, cardiovascular sciences, medical genomics, molecular biology of disease, medicine in silico and imaging in vivo, and cyclotron. All GIGA-Research researchers are associated with one of these thematic units (UT), thus allowing for effective collaborations between researchers, the development of joint seminars and, above all, to make it easy to arrange an assessment of the research according to well-defined themes.
InBios - Integrative Biological Sciences
The multidisciplinary research led within the unit concerns understanding life from the functional and evolutionary point of view, from the level of the molecule, cells and organisms to that of complex biological systems:
- Molecules: study of biological macromolecules (proteins) at the structural and functional levels through methods from biochemistry, biophysics, enzymology, and x-ray crystallography
- Cells and organisms: study of their physiology, their development, their genetics and their evolution
- Systems: functional and phylogenetic studies through the use of tools from the field of computational biology and in vivo research ranging from interactions between organisms to the study of the functioning of Earth's ecosystems and the exploration of biodiversity.
MolSys - Molecular systems
The research unit MolSys brings together scientists having as common research topic the study of molecular systems, notably systems of biological interest. The research led requires the use of a wide range of theoretical and experimental methods that affect the synthesis of biologically active compounds, the characterisation of their structure and their properties, their dosage, the analysis of their interactions and their modelling. They use mass spectrometry or molecular imaging techniques, manufacturing processes and continuous organic synthesis and microfluidics (for the synthesis of complex organic compounds). The expertise in theoretical calculation and modelling completes the available resources
The TERRA Research Centre is a new interfaculty research unit of Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech whose mission is to develop research in biological engineering applied to agronomy, biotechnology and the environment. One of the main objectives of TERRA is to develop transversality and exchanges between researchers from different disciplines. Interfaculty and international scientific collaboration is therefore essential. TERRA is also a structure that is closely connected with the corporate world. To support its researchers, TERRA is developing a specific strategy for finding funding and setting up international projects.
3 CARE (Research and Teaching Support Units) are associated with TERRA
Facilities and equipment
CART - Center for Analytical Research and Technology
The CART's mission is to develop new concepts in analytical chemistry and data analysis, to lead research in the field of organic and inorganic compound analysis in foodstuffs, in animal products and in other biological and environmental materials, to carry out, on behalf of third parties, studies and analyses on organic and inorganic pollutants in foodstuffs, in animal products and in other biological and environmental materials, and to lead research on the effects of compounds and on their interactions with biological systems.
Genomics, or the study of genomes, has been a rapidly evolving discipline over the last decade. Enormous advances in DNA/RNA sequencing technologies, as well as in throughput and cost, have created access to understanding the dynamics of whole genomes. The Genomics platform offers a wide range of DNA analysis services, from simple fragment length analysis to standard Sanger sequencing and high throughput sequencing and the assembly of complex genomes or transcriptomes.
Different Plant Biology laboratories have developed complementary skills in the development of whole plant or microalgae farming systems. These skills are recognised outside the institution and mean that the laboratories concerned are regularly contacted for scientific collaborations or external services using their farming systems.
The TERRA Research Centre, located in Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech, brings together 175 teachers and researchers working in biological engineering applied to agronomy, biotechnology and the environment. This new multidisciplinary and international research centre, a unique structure in Wallonia, promotes scientific collaborations and interactions with the business world.