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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.
22 May 2019
V-shaped yellow sectors on the leaf edges and blackening of the leaf veins in Brassica crops such as broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, radishes or watercress are typical disease symptoms of Black Rot, a major ...
15 May 2019
On Tuesday 14 May 2019, the jury of the Academic Startup Competition announced ten winners, from 28 nominated university startups. Two of those ten winners originate from the University of Amsterdam.
15 May 2019
On 7 May 2019, Fernando Lopes da Silva passed away at the age of 84. Fernando Lopes da Silva was a professor at the UvA from 1980 to 2000, first at the Faculty of Biology and later at the Swammerdam Institute for ...
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