Dijkhuizen, Prof. Lubbert
Lubbert Dijkhuizen (1951) is professor of Microbiology. He initiated many research projects into life processes in micro-organisms and relevant industrial and other applications of this fundamental knowledge. The main focus in this research is on the ability to use micro-organisms and enzymes in biotechnological processes, in particular in the conversion of carbohydrates. Dijkhuizen's research also focuses on tuberculosis.
Dijkhuizen is one of the initiators and joint founders of the Carbohydrate Competence Center (CCC), a public-private cooperation among 19 businesses and 6 knowledge institutions. Research is being conducted in 24 projects (total value € 28 million) on carbohydrates that play an important role in Nutrition and Health. The Dagblad van het Noorden has written an overview article about the CCC's research and its implications for healthy nutrition, for example.
Dijkhuizen has thus far supervised over 55 PhD students and written over 300 international scientific publications. His research is internationally renowned and is so fruitful that he is always able to acquire the necessary funds. He has a good eye for the possible products and processes that his research may yield. This has resulted, for example, in his being mentioned as the inventor or joint inventor in 25 patents and about 75% of his research group being financed by external funds, mainly by industrial parties. In late 2010, Dijkhuizen and his colleague Dijkstra caused an international stir with an article in PNAS about a possible solution to prevent caries. In 2012 Dijkhuizen was nominated as one of the three most enterprising researchers of The Netherlands. the same year, Dijkhuizen's CCC announced a breakthrough in carbohydrate research, as a result of which, among other things, French Fries can be made healthier.
On 11 April during its Open Day, the CCC presented its research results regarding new carbohydrate applications.
Previously in the news
- Frisdrankfles uit suikerbiet (in Dutch, Dagblad van het Noorden, 7 november 2013)
- Breakthrough in research healthy French Fries (in Dutch; Dagblad van het Noorden, 31 juli 2012)
- Breakthrough in dental plaque research
- Glucansucrase designated as Molecule of the Month by the Protein Data Bank (PDB)
- Groningen launches research centre for synthetic biology
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