|In the project OCP Pieter Rein ten Wolde will combine measures from information theory and ideas from statistical physics to derive the fundamental limit to the prediction accuracy. He will determine how close living cells can come to this limit as set by resource constraints to build and operate the sensing system – protein copies, time, and energy. Finally, he will use this theoretical framework to set up experiments that will make it possible to test whether two specific biological systems, bacteria and yeast cells, have implemented the uncovered design principles for optimal cellular prediction.
|In his COASTMOVE project, Jeroen Aerts will investigate the effects of rising sea levels on migration in coastal areas worldwide. His aim is to develop a simulation model to answer the question “Will people in coastal areas defend their communities and settlements or will they move away?” The ultimate aim of the model is to produce a simulation for all of the world’s coastal areas.
|In his MONOCHROME project, Gijs Wuite will produce the first mechanical map of chromosomes to gain insight into the structure and organization of DNA in chromosomes. Using the cutting-edge technology of ‘optical tweezers’, he can attach chromosomes extracted from cells to microscopic spheres.||SCIENCE||2019|
|Jan Theeuwes (cognitive psychology) has been awarded for his research project entitled ‘What to expect when you are not expecting it: How implicit regularities drive attentional selection’, focusing on implicit learning and how this process affects our perception and attention. Although we already know a lot about ‘statistical learning’ when learning a language or, for example, when learning complex movements, we still don’t know much about how this process affects our perception and attention.
|Professor of Complex Trait Genetics Danielle Posthuma will develop innovative calculation methods and experimental set-ups that can bridge the gap between genetics and neurosciences, applied to brain-related properties.
||SCIENCE / VUmc||2018
|Sergey Nejentsev's research group at Amsterdam UMC receives 2,160,926 euros for their search for new treatments for tuberculosis. This amount will be divided over five years. "New treatment options are desperately needed to win the war against this bacterium," says Professor Nejentsev of the Department of Molecular Cell Biology and Immunology.
|Erwin Peterman will investigate how cells can measure information from their environment. Many of our cells have a cilium, a hair-shaped protuberance, with which they can receive signals from the environment, such as chemical signals (smelling, tasting), mechanical signals (feeling) or light (seeing). The cilium not only works like a kind of antenna, it also looks a bit like this. Peterman will investigate the relationship between the function of the cilium, the structure and a specific continuous transport mechanism in the cilium, IFT (intraflagellar transport).
|Maurice Crul will investigate how the process of integration works for people of Dutch origin if they form a numerical minority in their new living environment. What conditions or circumstances are needed to achieve a silent integration in super-diverse cities?
|Kjeld Eikema will test one of the most successful theories in physics, Quantum Electrodynamics (QED), in a new manner with helium+ ions. QED is an important part of the so-called Standard Model which describes all elementary particles and their interactions.||SCIENCE
|Wim Ubachs searches for physical phenomena beyond the Standard Model of Physics through laser precision measurements in molecules and astronomical observations.||SCIENCE
|Eus Van Someren applies large-scale internet and ambulatory assessment, MRI and HD-EEG for early detection of insomniacs at risk of depression and for optimization of preventive interventions.||SCIENCE
|Yvette van Kooyk uses new nanotechnologies to develop vaccines against infectious diseases and cancer.||VUmc||2013|
|Bert Klandermans does international comparative research into participation in political parties and protest movements.||FSW||2013|
|Marlies Glasius will investigate how authoritarian rule is affected by and responding to globalisation of information and communication, association, and people movement.||FSW||2012|
|Aat Liefbroer studies cross-national variation in the links between childhood disadvantage, family formation, and later-life outcomes.||FSW||2012|
|Matthijs Verhage investigates the gene networks responsible for the secretion of chemical signals from nerve cells in our brain.||VUmc / SCIENCE||2012|
|Jan Theeuwes investigates the effects of (monetary) rewards on visual perception and attention.||FGB||2012|
|Piet Mulders conducts research on the quark and gluon structure of subatomic particles to provide new ideas for experiments to uncover the secrets underlying the Standard Model of Particle Physics.||SCIENCE
|Gert Kwakkel investigates the role of brain plasticity for recovery of body functions and activities after stroke.||VUmc / SCIENCE||2011|
|Cees Withagen and Rick van der Ploeg investigate pitfalls and paradoxes in the design of climate policy.||SBE
|In nature the pigments important in photosynthesis are bound to proteins. Rienk van Grondelle will use ultrafast lasers to study how the protein environment has optimized the process of photosynthesis.||SCIENCE
|Erik Verhoef investigates the functioning, failing, and steering networks in movement and transport.||SBE
|Gary Marks investigates the causes and consequences of a major policy development—multilevel governance—the dispersion of authority away from central states to subnational and supranational levels.||FSW||2009|
|Dorret Boomsma conducts research on the role played by genetic factors in the differences between people in terms of illness, health and behaviour.||FGB||2008|
|Andrew Tanenbaum conducts research on reliable and safe system software.||SCIENCE