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VU Medicinal Chemist Niels Hauwert wins EHRS Young Investigator award


Niels Hauwert, PhD student in the Medicinal Chemistry research group, has received the Young Investigator Award from the European Histamine Research Society (EHRS) for his work and presentation on “A bi-directional photoantagonist toolbox for histamine H3 receptor photopharmacology” at the Joint meeting of the European and Japanese Histamine Research Societies, 11-13 May 2017 in Amsterdam.

Rosanne Hertzberger joins AIMMS Molecular Cell Physiology research group


Microbiologist and NRC columnist Rosanne Hertzberger has joined the AIMMS Molecular Cell Physiology research group (department of Molecular Cell Biology) on 1 May. She will be working in the group of Extraordinary Professor Remco Kort, in the O|2 Lab building.

Top rating for Master involving AIMMS researchers


Recently, the Bioinformatics & Systems Biology Master, involving AIMMS researchers from the Systems Bioinformatics and Integrative Bioinformatics research groups, was top rated according to the ‘Keuzegids Masters 2017’. They scored 8.2 points out of 10.

AIMMS scientists add crucial knowledge to understanding of the biology of tuberculosis causing bacterium


In a paper published recently in Nature Microbiology, Edith Houben’s group (Molecular Microbiology) together with scientists from across Europe reveal the first structure of an assembly of membrane proteins known as the Type VII secretion system found in a group of bacteria which cause diseases such as tuberculosis.

Grassroots innovation grant to exploring readily accessible virtual reality in (bio)molecular education


Medicinal Chemistry researchers Albert Kooistra and Maikel Wijtmans (AIMMS/FEW) have received one of the three Grassroots awards for their plan to explore Virtual Reality (VR) in (bio)molecular education using the smartphones of students.

Pharmaceutical Sciences student VU Amsterdam wins PAC poster prize


Ferry Pronk, student Pharmaceutical Sciences at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, has won the second prize of the Jong KNCV (Koninklijke Nederlandse Chemische Vereniging) during the poster competition at the annual chemistry PAC-symposium in Utrecht.

Eelco Ruijter receives NWO ECHO grant


AIMMS organic chemist Eelco Ruijter has received an NWO ECHO grant (€260,000) to study the reactions to efficiently make complex cyclic molecules with precise control over their three-dimensional shape.

Célia Fonseca Guerra Extraordinary Professor at Leiden University


From 1 February, Associate Professor Célia Fonseca Guerra (Theoretical Chemistry) has been appointed Extraordinary Professor of Applied Theoretical Chemistry at the Leiden University.

Medicinal Chemists AIMMS develop Virtual Machine for Computer-Aided Drug Discovery


A team of cheminformatics and bioinformatics researchers from AIMMS (VU Amsterdam), Radboudumc Nijmegen, BioAxis Research, and Netherlands eScience Center have developed a freely available virtual machine to enable computer-aided drug design.

Matthias Bickelhaupt in PNAS with 8-Coordinate Fluoride


Theoretical Chemist Matthias Bickelhaupt, together with colleagues from Cornell University (USA) and TU Eindhoven, report in PNAS that a fluoride anion inside a silicate double 4-ring can form chemical bonds to the eight surrounding silicon atoms.

AIMMS welcomes Department of Environment and Health as new member


The AIMMS Management Team is happy to announce that the Department of Environment and Health has joined AIMMS as of 1 January 2017.

Medicinal Chemist Inna Slynko wins Poster Prize CHAINS


Inna Slynko (Medicinal Chemistry) has won one of the four poster prizes during the NWO CHemistry As INnovating Sciences (CHAINS) conference.

Jaap Heringa appointed figurehead of the ELIXIR-NL cluster on NWO Roadmap


Recently, NWO has presented the ‘Roadmap for Large-Scale Scientific Infrastructure’. The 33 research facilities and clusters selected for this Roadmap are eligible for NWO funding in the next four years. AIMMS researcher Prof. Jaap Heringa (Integrative Bioinformatics) has been appointed as the figurehead of one of these clusters: ELIXIR-NL.

Bickelhaupt and Ubachs in 2 Million Euro Dutch Astrochemistry Network II


AIMMS Theoretical Chemist Matthias Bickelhaupt and Experimental Physicist Wim Ubachs were granted research projects in the new NWO Dutch Astrochemistry Network (DAN) II which comprises a budget of 2 million euros.

Targeting pathogen metabolism without collateral damage to the host


A new publication in Scientific Reports by Jurgen Haanstra (Systems Bioinformatics), Barbara Bakker and Hans Westerhoff (both Molecular Cell Physiology) shows that it is possible to inhibit glucose metabolism in a disease-causing cell without severe side-effects to healthy human cells.

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