Three young researchers from the University of Groningen are going to conduct research abroad with the help of the Rubicon programme of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). The Rubicon programme is part of NWO’s plans to give recent postdoc researchers the chance to gain research experience abroad at eminent institutions.
The awardees can use their Rubicon grant to finance up to 24 months of research. The amount of the grant depends on the chosen destination and the duration of the stay. Each year, NWO awards about 80 young researchers a Rubicon grant.
Searching for biomarkers for diabetes with new genetic techniques
Dr A. (Ali) Abbasi (m), -> Addenbrooke's Hospital Cambridge, Institute of Metabolic Science (UK), 24 months
Biomarkers are signals indicating metabolic disorders. It is important to know whether these biomarkers cause the disorder or are a consequence of it. New genetic techniques are being used to study these cause-effect issues in large-scale population studies in the United Kingdom and the Netherlands.
Solar cells made of metal
Dr E. (Eric) Detsi (m), -> University of California Los Angeles, Dept. of Chemistry and Biochemistry (USA), 24 months
Cheap and efficient photo-electrochemical cells are important for our future energy provision. This project will develop a new type of cell based on nanoporous metal. This may be cheaper and more efficient that traditional photo-electrochemical cells in semiconductors.
Discover faster and better new medicines via the computer
M.H. (Marnix) Medema, MSc (m), -> Max Planck Institut für Marine Mikrobiologie, Bremen (D), 24 months
Bacteria and fungi make all sorts of substances that can be used as antibiotics and chemotherapy drugs. Most of these substances are still completely unknown. By sampling as wide a range of chemical, genetic and ecological diversity as possible with a computer, the researchers want to track down new medicines in the biochemical universe.
Prof. Moniek Tromp has been appointed Captain of Science of the Chemistry Top Sector by the Minister of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy. As from 1 July 2023, she succeeded Prof. Bert Weckhuysen from Utrecht University.
Leonardo Arriagada Beltran conducted his PhD research on the interface of computer-generated art and the constantly evolving field of Artificial Intelligence (AI). He will defend his Phd thesis on 21 September. His research offers valuable insights...
Harish Vedantham and Casper van der Kooi have been nominated by New Scientist for Wetenschapstalent 2023 (Science Talent 2023). This election is meant to give young scientists and their research a stage.
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