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Veening, Prof. Jan Willem

Jan Willem Veening
Jan Willem Veening


Molecular genetics, bacteriology, medical microbiology

Curriculum vitae

Jan-Willem Veening is Associate Professor of Molecular Genetics. He gained his PhD at the University of Groningen and worked as a postdoc at the Centre for Bacterial Cell Biology, Newcastle University. Veening set up a unique research line relatively quickly at the Biomolecular Sciences and Biotechnology Institute of the University of Groningen, focusing on cell biology and phenotypical heterogeneity of the human pathogen Streptococcus pneumoniae. Veening expects to gain important insights in the coming years. ‘This research is helping us better understand this bacterium and, hopefully, find new targets for antibiotics and vaccines.’

In 2013, Veening was awarded a VIDI grant by NWO and an ERC Starting Grant by the European Commission. In addition, he was the only Dutch person to be admitted to the EMBO Young Investigators programme, a sort of Young Academy specifically for the life sciences. In November 2014, Veening was appointed member of The Young Academy, part of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences.

In October 2015 he published a study of the prerequisites for antibiotic resistance development in the important human pathogen Streptococcus pneumoniae in the journal Nature Communications, together with his colleague Robin Sorg.


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