Tessa Quax of the Groningen Biomolecular Sciences and Biotechnology Institute (GBB) receives the Beijerinck Premium 2022 of the
worth EUR 25,000 for her research on microbial virology. She will receive the premium at the Dutch Annual Virology Symposium on March 3, 2022. The Beijerinck Premium is awarded annually to a researcher who is at the beginning of his or her career and who is conducting outstanding virus-related research at a Dutch research institution.
Tessa Quax studies the mechanisms by which viruses infect microorganisms, the so called archaea. Archaea are single-celled organisms that, for example, occur in salt lakes and hot springs. Quax started her career at the Insitut Pasteur in Paris, where she conducted research on viruses from hot springs. Her passion for viruses and archaea led her to renowned research institutes in Belgium and Germany, where she specialized in molecular techniques to conduct research on archaea and their viruses. She has been an Associate Professor at the University of Groningen since 2021. Her research contributes to a better understanding of the role of viruses in nature and of the origin and evolution of viruses in general.
Recently, Tessa Quax also received an ERC Starting Grant and a KNAW Early Career Award.
Four researchers of the Faculty of Science and Engineering of the University of Groningen (the Netherlands) have received an ENW-XS grant from the Dutch Research Council (NWO). These grants are awarded to encourage curiosity-driven and bold...
EIC Pathfinder grants are intended to support research teams in investigating or developing an emerging breakthrough technology.
What is special about these grants is that they come under the Global Challenges & European Industrial Competitiveness branch of Horizon Europe. This means that the technological application has already been considered.
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