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  • 22 May 2019
    Why are Brassica crops so susceptible to Black Rot?

    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
    Two UvA spin offs among ten winners Academic Start up Competition

    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
    In memoriam: Prof. dr. Fernando Lopes da Silva

    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 ...

  • 29 Apr 2019
    Funding for studying mechanisms of antibiotic resistance

    Microbiologists at the Swammerdam Institute of Life Sciences at the University of Amsterdam (SILS-UvA) have received nearly 400k funding from the Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA) to study ...

  • 5 Apr 2019
    Inge Huitinga, professor by special appointment of Neuroimmunology

    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 Apr 2019
    Helmut Kessels receives more than half a million for Alzheimer's research

    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 Mar 2019
    Therapeutic insights into the molecular effects of epileptic seizures

    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 ...

  • 28 Feb 2019
    Ten researchers to conduct research at UvA with Marie Curie Fellowship

    Ten talented researchers have been awarded a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship to conduct research at the University of Amsterdam (UvA). The awarded projects include research on public support for ...

  • 26 Feb 2019
    UvA biologists solve the long-standing riddle how lemons can be so extremely sour

    Citrus fruits come in many varieties and tastes; some are sweet, and some are sour. Extremely sour. Biologists have long sought for the mechanism that enables cells of, for example, lemons to become acidified to such ...

  • 26 Feb 2019
    Three UvA researchers receive NWO Vici grants worth 1.5 million euros

    The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) has awarded a Vici grant of 1.5 million euros to UvA researchers Denny Borsboom and Jaap van Buul and AMC-UvA researcher Diederik van de Beek. The Vici grant ...

  • 21 Feb 2019
    UvA biologists discover previously unknown survival strategy of bacteria

    Bacteria that are exposed to a hostile environment, for example with antibiotics or very few nutrients, can sometimes survive by ‘going to sleep’. Biologists from the University of Amsterdam (UvA) have discovered an ...

  • 15 Jan 2019
    Systems Epigenetics international conference in retrospect

    Last November the international conference ‘Systems Epigenetics: Towards Precision Cancer Medicine’ took place at the Royal Tropical Institute in Amsterdam. It was organised by the EU H2020 EpiPredict consortium. ...

  • 10 Jan 2019
    FameLab: Pitch your research!

    Are you a PhD student or postdoc, between 21 - 40 years old, and would you like to learn how to explain your research to a general public ... in just three minutes? Join FameLab!

  • 9 Jan 2019
    Jaap van Buul, professor by special appointment of Molecular Cell Biology of Cell Migration

    Dr J.D. van Buul (1973) has been named professor by special appointment of Molecular Cell Biology of Cell Migration at the University of Amsterdam’s (UvA) Faculty of Science. The chair was established on behalf of ...

  • 17 Dec 2018
    Three NWO grants for fundamental chemical research

    The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) has awarded three ECHO grants to UvA researchers working at the Van 't Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences (HIMS), the Swammerdam Institute for Life ...

  • 11 Dec 2018
    Saskia Hogenhout, professor by special appointment of Molecular Plant-Microbe-Insect Interactions

    Prof. S.A. Hogenhout (1969) has been named professor by special appointment of Molecular Plant-Microbe-Insect Interactions at the University of Amsterdam’s (UvA) Faculty of Science. This chair was established on ...

  • 6 Dec 2018
    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 (UvA), supervised by dr. Rob Schuurink, in collaboration with Rijk ...

  • 19 Nov 2018
    Biologists find potential Achilles heel of infamous banana fungus

    Banana farming is threatened worldwide by the dreaded Fusarium wilt disease. The disease results from a fungus that causes banana plants to wither and die. A study led by professor Martijn Rep of the University of ...

  • 29 Oct 2018
    Five million euros for European research to increase agricultural and horticultural yields

    The 'Boostcrop' consortium with researchers from the University of Amsterdam's Van 't Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences and Swammerdam Institute for Life Sciences has been awarded nearly 5 million euros from the ...

  • 17 Oct 2018
    How to find new antibiotics

    Scientific discoveries seldom are the result of a Eureka!-moment of a single person. They usually take years of hard labour by multiple people and lots of collaboration. This is the story of how we are starting to ...

  • 26 Sep 2018
    Physics2Market grant for promising research to improve cold-stress tolerance of plants

    UvA researchers have found a way to improve the plant's resilience to low temperature stress. The first results are promising and the agricultural sector has already expressed its interest. For the further ...

  • 20 Sep 2018
    Harro Bouwmeester wins Sandmeyer Award 2018

    On 6 September 2018, Prof. Harro Bouwmeester (Plant Hormone Biology), received The Sandmeyer Award 2018. Bouwmeester, together with three scientists of Syngenta Crop Protection AG in Switzerland, were rewarded ...

  • 19 Sep 2018
    Epigenetic-based chronological age-prediction: a new objective tool for forensic case work

    A team of researchers led by Pernette Verschure and Ate Kloosterman of the Swammerdam Institute for Life Sciences at the UvA have developed an age prediction tool for forensic application based on DNA methylation. ...

  • 19 Sep 2018
    Breast cancer fuelled by mysterious Yin Yang Protein

    An international team of researchers found during their study that tumours can change their ‘appearance’ to evade cancer treatments, using epigenetic mechanisms. The researchers used clinical samples from patients ...

  • 14 Sep 2018
    Oil enzyme protects plants from freezing

    Cold temperatures can lay waste to crops. A study investigating how plants in cold climates protect themselves from freezing sheds light on a novel metabolic pathway that helps plants to survive frost. The study was ...

  • 7 Sep 2018
    Photanol to build demonstration plant at AkzoNobel site in Delfzijl

    Photanol BV, Amsterdam, has closed a substantial new financing round to demonstrate its industrial capabilities to produce chemicals from CO2 and sunlight. Photanol BV is a spin-off company established in 2008 by UvA ...

  • 21 Aug 2018
    What rare mutations can teach us about brain development and disease

    In patients with unknown disorders, novel techniques such as next-generation sequencing can be used to identify unexplored genetic mutations. This way, mutations in the gene CHMP1A were found to be involved in a ...

  • 24 Jul 2018
    NWO Partnership grant for Harro Bouwmeester

    Harro Bouwmeester from UvA’s Swammerdam Institute for Life Sciences was awarded an NWO Partnership grant, worth €1.2 million, for the development of alternative approaches to pesticide control in potato crops. The ...

  • 10 Jul 2018
    Good rating for Biomedical Sciences Bachelor's and Master's programmes

    Both the Bachelor's and Master's programmes in Biomedical Sciences at the University of Amsterdam received a final rating of 'Good' in the reaccreditation recently concluded by the Accreditation Organisation of the ...

  • 9 Jul 2018
    Antimicrobial elements discovered as possible leads to new antibiotics

    The rise of antibiotic resistance in microorganisms is a concerning situation and leads to the necessity to develop novel antimicrobial medicines. Microbiologist Soraya Omardien, together with her colleagues from ...

  • 20 Jun 2018
    Martijn Rep, professor of Phytopathology

    Dr M. Rep (1968) has been appointed professor of Phytopathology at the University of Amsterdam’s (UvA) Faculty of Science, effective 1 June.

  • 20 Jun 2018
    NWO grant for Rob Schuurink and Paula van Kleeff

    Plant physiologists Rob Schuurink and Paula van Kleeff from the Swammerdam Institute for Life Sciences (SILS) at the University of Amsterdam received an NWO grant for research on making tomato plants less susceptible ...

  • 31 May 2018
    Researchers discover human-specific genes possibly responsible for larger brain

    The evolution of larger brains in the last 3 million years played an important role in our ability as a species to think, problem-solve and develop culture. But the genetic changes behind the expansion that made us ...

  • 29 May 2018
    Lecturer in the Spotlight: Pernette Verschure

    Pernette Verschure conducts research in the field of epigenetics, and teaches on this subject in the Biomedical Sciences Bachelor’s and Master’s programmes. She also teaches epigenetics as part of the Forensic ...

  • 1 May 2018
    Sander Bohté, professor by special appointment of Cognitive Neurobiology

    Dr S.M. Bohté (1974) has been named professor by special appointment of Cognitive Neurobiology, specialising in Computational Neuroscience, at the University of Amsterdam (UvA)'s Faculty of Science. The chair was ...

  • 24 Apr 2018
    Lecturer in the Spotlight: Lars van der Heide

    Neuroscientist Lars van der Heide coordinates the Molecular Neurosciences track of the Master’s programme Biomedical Sciences. He also lectures in the Bachelor’s programme Psychobiology. His research focuses on the ...

  • 10 Apr 2018
    Cell biologists unravel germination strategy of bacterial spores

    Cell biologists at UvA's Swammerdam Institute for Life Sciences have developed a method that allows for the comprehensive analysis of protein profiles from a bacterial spore to vegetative growing cells. The results ...

  • 27 Mar 2018
    Differences in DNA modifications are sufficient for hybrid vigour

    It was thought for a long time that hybrid vigour - the phenomenon that the offspring of two different parents perform better for a given trait than the parents - is only the result of genetic differences between ...

  • 13 Mar 2018
    New leads to understanding plant immunity

    Plant immune systems, like those of humans and animals, face a difficult balancing act: they must mount responses against ever-evolving pathogens, but they must not overdo it. An international group of plant ...

  • 23 Feb 2018
    New antibiotic in Thai herbal medicine

    An international team of microbiologists, including Michaela Wenzel and Leendert Hamoen, discovered that the plant chemical rhodomyrtone offers potential for a new antibiotic. Rhodomyrtone is used in Thai herbal ...

  • 6 Feb 2018
    Biologist discusses use of p-value

    Biologist Joachim Goedhart of the Swammerdam Institute for Life Sciences questions the habitual use of P-values in science. Goedhart has written a ‘Correspondence’ on this subject that appeared in Nature, entitled ...

  • 24 Jan 2018
    Helmut Kessels, professor of Cellular and Computational Neuroscience

    Dr. H.W.H.G. Kessels (1972) has been appointed professor of Cellular and Computational Neuroscience at the University of Amsterdam's (UvA) Faculty of Science.

  • 23 Jan 2018
    NWO Rubicon grant for Yanfang Feng

    Dr Yanfang Feng, former PhD student at the Swammerdam Institute for Life Sciences, has recieved an NWO Rubicon grant. Feng will utilise the grant for her two-year research at Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts ...

  • 17 Jan 2018
    Proteins analysed in the Bacillus cereus spore coat

    Spores of Bacillus cereus pose a threat to food safety due to their high resistance to the heat or acid treatments commonly used to make food microbiologically safe. Researchers from 3 SILS groups joined forces to ...

  • 22 Dec 2017
    Effects of salt on root growth

    Plant cell biologists from the University of Amsterdam have studied the changes induced in plant roots when exposed to high salt concentrations. The researchers measured different root traits and developed an app ...

  • 5 Dec 2017
    IBED, Amsterdam Green Campus and municipality of Amsterdam sign collaboration agreement

    The Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics, Amsterdam Green Campus and the municipality of Amsterdam signed a collaboration agreement. The agreement confirms the shared intention to develop new knowledge ...

  • 1 Dec 2017
    Kowalski Prize 2017 for publication on modeling covariance

    UvA bioinformatics Age Smilde and Huub Hoefsloot together with other colleagues have received the Kowalski Prize 2017 for a publication describing a new method for modeling covariance. The prize was awarded in the ...

  • 20 Oct 2017
    Microbes common denominator in efficient solar energy conversion

    How do you converse solar energy into fuel and other chemical compounds on an industrial scale? In a quantitative analysis of the most promising strategies, UvA biologists identified microbes as the key to efficient ...

  • 12 Oct 2017
    Is 'biological water' the same as plain tap water?

    Everyone knows that plants and animals consist mostly of water. Does this water behave the same as normal tap water? To find out, researchers from the University of Amsterdam and the Max-Planck-Institute for Polymer ...

  • 4 Oct 2017
    New method to determinate precise gene dosage

    A team of researchers lead by systems biologist Matteo Barberis (SILS, UvA) has envisioned an innovative method that allows the quantification of gene copy numbers in mammalian cells. Their findings have been ...