Rifka Vlijm and Wouter Roos are partners in a consortium that was recently awarded an NWO XL grant. The research project "In search of the coronavirus Achilles’ heel" is led by Dr. David Dulin of VU Amsterdam. Vlijm and Roos will both receive a PhD position within the project.
COVID19 is the disease resulting from SARS-CoV-2 infection and is responsible for the ongoing pandemic. Though vaccines are available, we need to understand how the virus replicates within the cell in order to develop new antiviral drugs. New drugs will protect people against lengthy hospitalizations, long-COVID, and future new variants that make vaccinated people ill. We will investigate the coronavirus Achilles’ heel, namely how coronaviruses multiply their genetic material and how genetic material is packed into new viral particles. We bring together an interdisciplinary team of biologists,experimental- and theoretical physicists to uncover the very early stages of coronavirus infection.
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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