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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.
23 July 2019
Three researchers who recently received their PhD at the University of Amsterdam have been awarded a Rubicon grant from the Dutch Research Council (NWO) to conduct research abroad. Marie Deserno, Sylvie Lesuis and ...
16 July 2019
The Dutch Research Council (NWO) has awarded a Veni grant worth up to 250,000 euros to 166 highly promising young scientists. The grant provides the laureates with the opportunity to further elaborate their own ideas ...
2 July 2019
Aging comes with a risk of cognitive impairment and neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease. The maintenance of neural stem cells is important to keep the brain functioning. Unfortunately, these cells ...
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