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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.
5 April 2019
Dr I. Huitinga (1960) has been named professor by special appointment of Neuroimmunology, specialising in the pathology of multiple sclerosis, at the University of Amsterdam (UvA)'s Faculty of Science. The chair is ...
4 April 2019
The Hersenstichting (Dutch Brain Foundation) awards € 555,000 to an Alzheimer's study by Helmut Kessels of the University of Amsterdam. Kessels will use the grant to investigate how the natural protection mechanism ...
5 March 2019
The molecular effect of mild epileptic seizures on the brain is poorly understood. A team of neuroscientists lead by Carlos Fitzsimons (SILS-UvA) have discovered how to revert effects of small RNA molecules present ...
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