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Starting Grants

Prof. Christian Keysers

Prof. Christian Keysers
Prof. Christian Keysers

Op 15 januari heeft de ERC de 3000ste starting grant toegekend aan prof.dr. Christian Keysers. Keysers is hoofd van het Social Brain Lab van het Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience (NIN). Ook is hij voor 0,1 fte verbonden aan de afdeling neurowetenschappen/NIC van het UMCG. Doel van zijn onderzoek is om te weten te komen hoe onze hersenen ons in staat stellen om te begrijpen wat er in anderen omgaat ('empathie'). Met behulp van de fMRI bekijkt hij de neurale activiteit van empathie bij gezonde proefpersonen. Ook bestudeert Keysers de verschillen in hersenactiviteit tussen gezonde mensen en mensen met autistische en psychopatische stoornissen. Een beter begrip van de verschillen kan uiteindelijk leiden tot een betere therapie bij genoemde stoornissen.

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Prof. Maria Antonietta Loi

Prof. Maria Antonietta Loi
Prof. Maria Antonietta Loi

Prof. Maria Antonietta Loi has been awarded an ERC Starting Grant for her research project ‘Hybrid Solution Processable Materials for Opto-electronic Devices’ (Hy-SPOD). Semiconducting nanocrystals are confined systems and therefore not usually good building blocks for electrical devices. The solution proposed by the Hy-SPOD project, to turn them into efficient components for optoelectronics devices, is to build a functional interface between nanocrystals using organic molecules. This will allow charge carriers to be extracted from these confined systems by means of different physical phenomena, including multiple exciton generation.

The research thus aims to carry out fundamental research that will be an important step towards making solar cells an economically viable alternative source of energy.

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Dr. Ming Cao

Dr. Ming Cao
Dr. Ming Cao

Dr. Ming Cao received an ERC grant for his research in which he studies how to design novel strategies and algorithms to control the collective behaviour of large numbers of agents coupled together through local interactions. He applies systems and control theory to model and analyze such complex networks, and uses robotic teams as case studies to implement and validate theoretical results.

The project will enrich multidisciplinary research at the interface of systems theory, graph theory and complex network theory, and will also promote the application of autonomous robotic teams.

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Dr. Meike Stöhr

Dr. Meike Stöhr
Dr. Meike Stöhr

Dr. Meike Stöhr received an ERC grant for her research project in which the following questions will be explored: Is it possible to artificially adjust the electronic surface properties of a material? Can we thereby gain access to material characteristics like conductivity, reflectivity and surface catalysis properties? The aim is to introduce a concept for tuning the surface properties of metallic substrates and graphene and to study the underlying mechanisms leading to the modified properties.

These findings will be relevant for developing new materials to be used e.g. in nanoelectronic and electronic devices or sensors.

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Prof. Frank Dekker

Prof. Frank Dekker
Prof. Frank Dekker

Prof. Frank Dekker received an ERC grant for his research on chronic inflammatory diseases, such as asthma. The molecular mechanisms that drive inflammation remain poorly understood. Enzymes play a crucial regulatory role in inflammation and represent potential drug targets. Nevertheless, the activities of these enzymes are poorly studied due to a lack of convenient tools for modulation and detection. It becomes increasingly clear that the slow advance in the development of chemistry-based methods to study enzyme activity in its physiological context delays drug discovery.

To address this problem further, Dekker will develop novel detection methods and small molecule inhibitors to study inflammatory signal transduction pathways. Ultimately, these newly developed detection methods and small molecule inhibitors open up opportunities for drug discovery aimed at epigenetic regulation of NF kB mediated inflammation.

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Dr. Eugene Berezikov

Dr. Eugene Berezikov
Dr. Eugene Berezikov

Berezikov’s group is developing genomic tools and resources for Milignano, including de novo genome sequencing and annotation, identification of neoblast markers, transgenics, and forward and reverse genetics methods. The group is relocated to ERIBA to study relations between stem cells and ageing using Milignano as a model.

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Dr. Sander van Doorn

Dr. Sander van Doorn
Dr. Sander van Doorn

Dr Sander van Doorn received an ERC grant for his research on the evolution of molecular networks. His research will develop realistic computer simulations of complex interactions between genes, proteins and other molecular constituents of the cell, in order to better understand the relationship between the observable characteristics of living organisms and the heritable information that is stored in their DNA. A major aim is to reveal how the properties of molecular networks are shaped by selection. Such knowledge can eventually be exploited to find biochemical weak spots of pathogens, and to identify potential targets for drug design. A second objective is to develop model-simplification and -reduction techniques that can distill functional information from complex molecular data. Such techniques may ultimately be applied to unravel the genetic basis of complex diseases, or to design biological systems with novel functions (for example, bacteria that can metabolize toxic compounds).

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Prof. André Aleman

Prof. André Aleman
Prof. André Aleman

Professor of Cognitive Neuropsychiatry and Scientific Director of the NeuroImaging Center, a joint venture of the University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG) and the University of Groningen. Professor Aleman is a member of the Young Academy of the KNAW (Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences) and member of the Netherlands Health Council (Gezondheidsraad). He was arwarded the ERC grant for his project 'Apathy in schizophrenia: time for a DRASTIC (Dual Routes to Apathy in Schizophrenia: Treatment, Imaging, Cognition) study'.

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Advanced grants

Prof. Cisca Wijmenga

Prof. Cisca Wijmenga
Prof. Cisca Wijmenga

The European Research Council (ERC) has awarded an Advanced Grant of 2.3 million euros to Prof. Cisca Wijmenga, Professor of Human Genetics and Head of the Department of Medical Genetics of the University Medical Center Groningen.

Prof. Wijmenga will receive the grant for her research project on Celiac disease. Celiac disease affects at least 1% of the world population. Its onset is triggered by gluten, a common dietary protein, however, its etiology is poorly understood. A better understanding of the disease biology would improve the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of celiac disease.

The project investigates the disease mechanisms in celiac disease by using predisposing genes and genetic variants as disease initiating factors. Specifically, it will investigate if long, intergenic noncoding RNAs (lincRNAs) are causally involved in celiac disease pathogenesis by regulating protein-coding genes and pathways associated with the disease. Previous studies, which led to identifying 39 celiac risk lo-ci, suggest the mechanism underlying the disease is governed by
dysregulation of gene expression.

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Prof. Raffaella Morganti

Prof. Raffaela Morganti
Prof. Raffaela Morganti

Prof. Morganti received 2.5 million euro for her research project ‘Exploiting new radio telescopes to understand the role of AGN in galaxy evolution'. This grant will permit her to employ PhD students, post-docs and a software engineer over a period of 5 years.

Prof. Morganti's project is aimed at understanding what fraction of the time the central massive black hole of a galaxy is active at radio frequencies and what the impact of this phase is on the evolution of the host galaxy. The possibility of making a major breakthrough in this field comes from two new and revolutionary radio telescopes of ASTRON: LOFAR (the Low-Frequency Array) and the focal-plane array system Apertif, which is to be installed on the Westerbork Synthesis Radio Telescope (WSRT).

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