Life Science research at KTH
KTH conducts both basic and applied research within Life Science. This multidisciplinary research mostly concerns human health and the healthcare system, but also adjacent areas, e. g. environment and sustainability. The common denominator of all research is the contribution to human wellbeing.
For the human wellbeing
Basic research, experimental methods and technologies, and applied science is needed in order to better understand the human and also to develop the healthcare system. With a constantly growing and aging population the demand is increasing for more cost-effective technology, new methods for diagnostics and treatment of complicated deceases, possibilities to improve the individuals quality of life, and research that contributes to the possibilities to influence human beings outside the healthcare.
An area undergoing a revolution
Life sciences is traditionally defined as the study of processes and phenomena associated with living organisms and their organization, life processes, and their relationships to each other and their environment. The field is in the midst of a revolutionary change due to the integration of powerful technologies along with new concepts and methods derived from inclusion of engineering, physical sciences, and mathematical sciences. As an example, much of the recent progress in genetics, molecular & cellular biology depends to large extent on technologies that makes it possible to acquire information from all scales of biological organisation.
New interdisciplinary areas
Furthermore, a number of new interdisciplinary areas like bioinformatics, computational imaging, computational biology, synthetic biology, and nanotechnology have accelerate this convergence of disciplines, which we refer to as life science technologies, and describe the research using seven thematic research areas . Future progress in adressing the challenges in life sciences will depend on the ability to promote and take advantage of life science technologies.