Dr. Cristina Paulino
Prof. Bert Poolman
) have received an ENW-KLEIN grant from the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) worth EUR 700,000. The grant is for their project ‘Unravelling the mechanism of action of an osmoregulator’.
One of the outstanding questions in biochemistry and cell biology relates to the control of cell volume of microorganisms during growth and under environmental stress. Cells need to respond rapidly to fluctuating environmental conditions, for example by a prompt and large accumulation of compatible solutes. Conversely, a too high intake of osmolytes would be detrimental for the cell, and requires a fine-tuned regulation mechanism. Yet, the molecular details by which microorganisms control their volume are still largely elusive. Paulino and Poolman aim to elucidate the full mechanism of transport and regulation of the ABC importer OpuA, using cryo-electron microscopy and single-molecule biophysical methods.
The ENW-KLEIN grant offers researchers the opportunity to establish scientific innovations that can form the basis for research themes of the future.
Scientists at SRON, VU and RUG have now developed a model that predicts whether there is a carbon cycle present on exoplanets, provided the mass, core size and amount of CO2 are known.
On 26 April, Bert Poolman (Avereest, 1959) was appointed Knight in the Order of the Dutch Lion. He is Professor of Biochemistry and programme director of the Groningen Centre for Synthetic Biology at the Faculty of Science and Engineering,...
On 26 April, Amina Helmi (Bahia Blanca, Argentina, 1970) was appointed Knight in the Order of the Dutch Lion. She is Professor of Dynamics, Structure and Formation of the Milky Way at the Kapteyn Astronomical Institute, which is part of the Faculty...
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