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Results: 21 - 40 of 193
  • 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 ...