Skip to ContentSkip to Navigation
OnderzoekZernike (ZIAM)News

EU awards FET-Proactive grant to Wouter Roos and seven other European groups

21 December 2016

In the framework of H2020 the FET-Proactive project VIRUSCAN has been awarded to a consortium of 8 European research groups at technological centres, universities, hospitals and companies in the Netherlands, Germany, France, Spain and Greece. In the Netherlands research groups at TNO and at the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen (RUG) are being funded. The group at the RUG is led by Wouter Roos who is looking forward to cooperate with the other groups in this challenging project. Viruscan will be supported by the EU with 7 M€ of which 0.6 M€ will be for the RUG.

AFM image of a viral particle
AFM image of a viral particle

In the Viruscan project Optomechanics will be applied in Virology. Lately, optomechanics has served to fundamental advancements in physics, from gravitational wave detection to the study of mechanical quantum ground states but it has not yet delivered its full applicability potential.
The current project aims to apply frontier advancements in optomechanics to the biosensing and diagnostic fields and to create a new interdisciplinary research community with the goal to advance optomechanics, nanoelectromechanics, atomic force microscopy, native mass spectrometry and biophysics towards clinical applications.

Viruscan aims to provide novel technology capable of identifying viral particles and to assess their infective potential through the characterization of two physical parameters: mass and stiffness. Stiffness of viral particles has been recently known to act as a regulator of their infectivity at different stages of the virus life cycle. In parallel, advancements in nanoelectromechanical systems have recently demonstrated that stiffness and mass information from nanoscale adsorbates can be disentangled. Targeting intrinsic physical properties of viral particles will allow developing an open platform that will tackle any virus and their mutations.

Prof.dr. Wouter H. Roos
Prof.dr. Wouter H. Roos

The joint research and development project will have impact at multiple levels and aims at the following: Providing a personalized treatment to the patients, reducing the use of non-effective antibiotics, increasing safety in blood transfusions, allowing a quick and trustworthy response to emergency situations (e.g. recent EBOLA in West Africa and the ZIKA in Brazil), reducing the spread of viral infections, reducing costs per analysis and screening of a wide range of pathogens.

More info? Contact Prof. Wouter Roos.

http://cordis.europa.eu/project/rcn/205930_en.html

Last modified:16 March 2017 11.16 a.m.

More news

  • 16 January 2019

    Twee jonge onderzoekers naar topinstituten met Rubiconbeurs

    Dr. Michael Lerch en Sanne van Dijk, twee veelbelovende RUG-wetenschappers, gaan dankzij het programma Rubicon van de Nederlandse Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek (NWO) twee jaar onderzoek doen aan buitenlandse topinstituten.

  • 14 January 2019

    UG student Boomstra world champion in draughts

    His opponent was fourfold world champion Alexander Schwarzman. Boomstra, who studies Physics at the University of Groningen, also won the title in 2016.

  • 09 January 2019

    Smoking gun

    Galaxies grow by giving birth to new stars, but Amina Helmi found evidence to support the theory that parts of the Milky Way have also grown by merging with other galaxies. She had to wait for the Gaia space mission to produce data before she was able...