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Swammerdam Institute for Life Sciences

A multidisciplinary research institute with a systems biology approach to the life sciences.

Research

Cell & Systems Biology
The Research Theme 'Cell & Systems Biology' focuses on the chain of events all the way from modulation of gene expression up to the resulting phenotype in cells.
Neurosciences
The mission of the Neurosciences collaboration is to understand the fundamental mechanisms that underlie development and synaptic and structural plasticity of the brain as well as information processing.
Microbiology
The Microbiology theme studies the molecular mechanisms involved in the processes, works on techniques to prevent microbial pathogens, and develops novel ways to employ microbes for biotechnological applications.
Green Life Sciences
Research in Green Life Sciences aims at understanding at the molecular level how plants deal with biotic and abiotic constraints, how they interact with insects (herbivores, pollinators), microbes and other organisms and how they diversified during evolution.
Research spinn-offs
Within the institute, valorisation is valued and we stimulate new business opportunities.

Highlights

Jaap van Buul, professor by special appointment of Molecular Cell Biology of Cell Migration

Dr J.D. van Buul has been named professor by special appointment of Molecular Cell Biology of Cell Migration at the University of Amsterdam’s Faculty of Science. The chair was established on behalf of the Sanquin Foundation.

UvA biologists discover important regulator of tomato hairs

Tomato plants protect themselves against herbivorous insects with the help of tiny hairs. A team of biologists from the University of Amsterdam, supervised by dr. Rob Schuurink, in collaboration with Rijk Zwaan, has discovered that a protein called MYC1 is essential for the formation of a certain type of these hairs

Saskia Hogenhout, professor by special appointment of Molecular Plant-Microbe-Insect Interactions

Prof. S.A. Hogenhout has been named professor by special appointment of Molecular Plant-Microbe-Insect Interactions at the University of Amsterdam’s Faculty of Science. This chair was established on behalf of the Béta Plus Foundation.
Career portal
As a PhD you can virtually go 'anywhere' - but how should you decide which direction to take without knowing what to expect from a certain career path?
Education at the institute
SILS staff contributes to various Bachelor and Master programmes and is involved in supervising projects in the field of Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Biomedical Sciences and Earth and Environmental Sciences.

About the institute

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