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Results: 41 - 60 of 184
  • 7 Sep 2018
    still video opening Photanol
    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
    Microcephaly
    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
    potatoes
    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
    bmw-bij-accreditatie-bericht
    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
    thesis cover Soraya Omardien
    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
    Prof Martijn Rep
    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
    Tomatoplants
    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
    Pernette Verschure
    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
    Prof Sander Bohté, professor cognitive neurobiology
    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
    Portrait of Lars van der Heide
    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
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    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
    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
    The nucleus: a centre court for plant defence. The potato Rx1 immune receptor binds DNA, but it is unclear how this leads to defence. Here, we show that Rx1 has activity at chromatin by regulating DNA-binding of a Golden-2 like transcription factor, NbGlk1. Shown is a confocal image of Rx1-mCherry (orange) and GFP-NbGlk1 (green) co-expressed in Nicotiana benthamiana. Chloroplasts are pink.
    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
    Invaginations of cell membrane due to rhodomyrtone
    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
    Prof Helmut Kessels, KNAW, professor Cellular and Computational Neurosience
    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
    Feng
    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
    Bacillus Cereus spore
    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
    Arabidopsis seedling
    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 ...