Inventor World Wide Web speaks at VU University


Sir Tim Berners-Lee will give a lecture on the future of the World Wide Web at the ACM Web Science Conference.

Gregg Siegal new professor of Biophysical techniques for drug discovery at AIMMS


The Executive Board of the VU appoints Gregg Siegal as professor of the Biophysical techniques for drug discovery chair, starting 1 April 2018.

£1.8M grant for robot evolution research Guszti Eiben


Guszti Eiben, VU Professor on Artificial Intelligence, and a team of British fellow scientists from Bristol, Edinburgh and York have received a grant to further investigate Autonomous Robot Evolution (ARE).

VU researchers develop nanobodies targeting a viral chemokine receptor to impair glioblastoma growth


In a recent publication in Oncogene, Medicinal Chemistry researchers Raimond Heukers, Tian Shu Fan, Raymond de Wit and colleagues under supervision of Martine Smit (STW, Vici project) reveal the implications of a virally-encoded receptor in the acceleration of glioblastoma growth and provide a means to inhibit this activity using nanobodies targeting this receptor.

NWO awards TOP and ECHO grants to VU researchers


The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) has awarded Professor of the Biophysics of Photosynthesis Roberta Croce and Associate Professor of Synthetic Chemistry Eelco Ruijter the TOP and ECHO grants, respectively.

Ancient partnerships abandoned when alternatives emerge


Even the most ancient cooperative partnerships that have survived for hundreds of millions of years, can break down when new options in nature arise.

Comenius Senior Fellow grant for Prof. Jacqueline van Muijlwijk-Koezen


Prof. Jacqueline van Muijlwijk-Koezen receives the 100k Euros grant for her project ‘didactics for 3D reasoning with a virtual reality tool’.

Theoretical chemists on cover of ChemComm


VU Theoretical chemists Trevor A Hamlin and Matthias Bickelhaupt have revealed how magnesium ions lower the reaction barrier in enzymatic triphosphate hydrolysis (a key step in DNA replication and other reactions that are vital to life), using quantum chemical methods.

18 million euro from NWO for the Ruisdael Observatory


Since the industrial revolution the composition and structure atmosphere and our climate have changed due to emissions of greenhouse gases, air pollution and fine particulate matter (aerosol). The Ruisdael Observatory, a consortium of five Dutch universities, including the VU, and four research institutes, aims to thoroughly measure and model the changes in the atmosphere above the Dutch territory. In this way the Ruisdael Observatory will create an accurate picture of the changes of local weather, climate and air quality.

Finetuning photoresponsive ligands for future therapies


Niels Hauwert, Tamara Mocking and colleagues from the Division of Medicinal Chemistry developed a new technique using photoresponsive small molecules and light to dynamically modulate the signaling properties of a complex transmembrane protein. The research has been published in the prestigious Journal of the American Chemical Society.

According to students, two masters from the Faculty of Science are ‘Top Programmes’


VU Amsterdam has two master programmes that deserve the title ‘Top Programme’: Hydrology, and Parallel and Distributed Computer Systems.

Medicinal Chemists develop building blocks and recipes for Computer-Aided Drug Discovery


Following the development of a virtual machine, the 3D-e-Chem consortium now published a series of building blocks (nodes) and recipes (workflows) that can support complex computer-aided drug discovery efforts.

Célia Fonseca Guerra has been appointed as Professor of Supramolecular Quantum Biochemistry


Célia Fonseca Guerra has been appointed as Professor of Supramolecular Quantum Biochemistry at the Vrije Universiteit, Department of Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Sciences, effective February 1, 2018.

Two Marie Curie fellowships for interdisciplinary research in Theoretical Chemistry


The group of Prof. Paola Gori-Giorgi will host two Marie Curie fellows who will work on interdisciplinary fundamental research at the forefront of Mathematics, Physics and Theoretical Chemistry.

First joint PhD degree Organic Chemistry


Pieter Mampuys received the first joint-PhD degree in the newly created joint PhD programme between the University of Antwerp and the VU Amsterdam. Mampuys successfully defended his thesis ‘Multicomponent Chemistry with Thiosulfonate and Isocyanide Building Blocks: Challenges and Opportunities for Green Chemistry’ last December.