NWO Innovative Research Incentives Scheme

Veni Laureates

Who Research FacultyYear 
Laurens WitterLaurens Witter will study diseases of motor control which have a high incidence and have great impact on quality of life. The research aims to broaden our insight in voluntary motor control. The communication between forebrain and cerebellum and their role in voluntary motor control will be investigated.SCIENCE
James WeedonJames Weedon will study how managing soils to store more carbon from the atmosphere can be used as a tool for counteracting climate-warming. Researchers will use DNA-methods to investigate how the dead leaves of different plant types are broken down by different communities of fungi and bacteria, and how the carbon-rich molecules they produce accumulate in soil.SCIENCE
Maria TimsMaria Tims studies Job crafting which refers to self-initiated changes in one’s job design to improve person-job fit. Little is known about how these individual changes influence and are influenced by team members. The proposed studies are designed to find out under which conditions job crafting contributes to individual, team, and organizational outcomes.SBE
Maartje van StralenMaartje van Stralen will investigate what causes weight regain and how we can prevent people to regain weight after they have lost weight. Weight loss results in health benefits in overweight adults. However, only a few people who lose weight, manage to maintain their lost weight.SCIENCE
Natalia GoriounovaNatalia Goriounova investigates whether human brain cells are unique in the way they make connections and communicate to each other? How does the activity of these cells relate to cognition? To answer these questions VU researchers will record electrical activity from human brain cells in tissue resected during brain surgery.SCIENCE
Susanna CommandeurSusanna Commandeur studies how the tuberculosis bacterium stores fat derived from the host as lipid-bodies. It is thought that these bodies play a role in persister cell formation and antibiotic resistance, a crucial challenge in the fight against tuberculosis. In this project I will study the formation and the role of these lipid bodies.VUmc2016
Pepijn BrandonPepijn Brandon studies the important role the naval shipyards played in the eighteenth and nineteenth century in the introduction of industrial production methods. These large state-enterprises often were technological front-ners. In many cases they employed not only wage laborers but also forced laborers and slaves. This shines new light on the history of industrial capitalism.FGW2016
Steve van de WeijerSteve van de Weijer will examine the extent to which criminal behavior can be explained from either genetic factors or environmental factors. Criminologists usually explain criminal careers from life events, such as (parental) divorce and employment. However, genetic factors can influence both criminal behaviour and the occurrence of such environmental factors.LAW2016
Benjamin FergusonMoral notions like equality and fairness play no role in economic theory. Benjamin Ferguson will develop a complement to mainstream economic theory that makes room for the value of fairness. This allows us to assess whether and when low wages are unfair and to identify other unjust economic activities. FGW2016
Benjamin Helmich ParisBenjamin Helmich-Paris will study how a smart combination of quantum mechanics with Einstein’s theory of relativity will allow for fast and reliable computer simulations of molecules containing heavy elements. These simulations provide a detailed insight in the properties of such molecules and will aid in the design of new materials.SCIENCE
Priyanka Rao-RuizPriyanka Rao-Ruiz studies the subject of how the memory-encoding brain-area activates a small population of cells called a memory trace and how this is essential to remember the context of a given memory. Priyanka will study the contribution of inhibitory neurons, known to inhibit activity of their neighbouring cells, in the process of memory trace formation at the molecular and cellular level.SCIENCE
Hein van MarleHein van Marle studies post-traumatic stress disorder which is a severely disabling mental disorder with traumatic memories at its core, resulting in nightmares and flashbacks. In this project, I test whether PTSD treatment can be augmented by manipulating traumatic memories during post-treatment sleep.VUmc2016
Alexander SpeerAlexander Speer will study the remarkably impermeable cell wall of the tuberculosis bacterium which prevents most antibiotics to gain access to the cell. However, this shield cannot be completely impermeable, since the bacterium must also acquire nutrients. In this project, Alexander will identify essential channel proteins of Mtb that passage nutrients and antibiotics.VUmc2016
Wieneke MokkinkWieneke Mokkink studies the often poor quality of instruments that are being used in biomedical research. The outcome of those research may therefore be unreliable and invalid. Wieneke Mokkink will develop a checklist to help clinicians/researchers to choose the best instrument for their studies. In this project Wieneke will specifically focus on tests and instruments administered by health-care professionals.VUmc2016
 Elsje van BergenChildren differ greatly in how well they read. A behavioural geneticist will unravel the question of which interplay between genes and environment is responsible for this. Is reading ability as simple as: like parent like child? And if so, does this come from the genes that the parents pass on or from the environment that the parents create?FBMS2015
Anja Eleveld 2015Welfare recipients who are obliged perform labour without wages are subject to the authority of a manager - just like regular employees - but they are not always protected by regular labour law. This project will investigate whether and how a supervisor's authority can be limited by external regulation.FL2015
 Antske FokkensHow information is displayed can influence our perception. Researchers use automatic text analysis to discover how various sources describe people. Which characteristics and deeds are often stated together? How can scientists from other disciplines use this information to study perception?FGW2015
Julia Schaumburg 2015The global financial crisis has triggered monetary interventions and tighter financial regulation. But does the impact of such measures last or does it evaporate quickly? And do they lead to the desired outcomes? These questions are addressed, using flexible, newly developed econometric methods.SBE
Karin de Vries 2015Does the law protect foreigners from unequal treatment on the basis of their nationality? Or are they outsiders to whom the right to equal treatment does not apply? This research project investigates the role of nationality in non-discrimination law. FL2015
 Anna BallesterosElectronic equipment, furniture and building materials contain potentially toxic and sometimes unknown contaminants to which we are exposed every day. Chemists can develop faster and cheaper analysis methods to answer questions regarding the safety of our indoor environments.SCIENCE
 Elseline HoekzemaPregnancy is accompanied by extreme hormonal changes. In animals we know that this initiates a neural reorganisation. However we do not know what happens in the human brain during pregnancy. In this project I want to investigate what the effects of pregnancy are on brain structure and brain activity in humans.VUmc2014
 Vere van KoppenScience and policy have always focused on young criminals. However, most criminals probably become involved in criminality as adults. The study will establish how many adult starters there actually are, who they are, and what can explain their criminal careers. We can use this knowledge to develop better interventions for this group.FL2014
Hans KosterWe will analyse the economic reasons for applying spatial planning. By making use of theoretical models and unique microdata we can, for example, analyse the influence of height restrictions, heritage protection, and social housing on the urban economy.SBE
 David LudwigThe research project is concerned with controversial scientific concepts such as ‘mental disorder’, ‘intelligence’, and ‘race’. Scientists can classify humans in a variety of ways and the project will develop an account that balances scientific and ethical considerations in the development of scientific classifications of humans.PHIL2014
 Diego MiralisGlobal warming is expected to intensify heat waves and make droughts more persistent. In addition, the drier soils may trigger a critical feedback that will further amplify dry and warm conditions. This project will use observations to investigate this climate feedback, and evaluate its representation in the climate models we use for predictions.SCIENCE
 Saskia NijmeijerGlioblastoma is an untreatable brain tumour in which two receptor proteins are expressed at an elevated level. I will investigate how the biochemical function of these receptor proteins contributes to glioblastoma. When we subsequently understand and can influence the function of these receptor proteins then we will have a starting point for new medicines.SCIENCE
 Bianca SuanetThe participation society elicits the question as to whether personal networks of elderly people are capable of providing sufficient informal care. In this study I will investigate how changes in network types have influenced informal and formal care use over the past twenty years. I will also determine which categories of elderly people are vulnerable.FSS2014
Jacopo UrbaniCan computers use the Web to reason and answer difficult questions? Jacopo Urbani will investigate methods to estimate the difficulty of reasoning and approximate it in order to use the entire Web to find intelligent answers for difficult questions.SCIENCE
Jan Willem WielandemptyJan Willem Wieland investigates to what extent responsibility and blame depend on the information we actually have, and in what circumstances we should gather more information. PHIL 2013 
Neil Olver Key problems in the design of networks - which occur in diverse settings, from communications networks to biology - test the limits of even the fastest computers. Neil Olver investigates more efficient ways to obtain good solutions to these problems.SBE
Anne-Kathrin FettParanoia and social dysfunction in psychosis are driven by an insensitivity to obvious social information. Anne-Kathrin Fett investigates the underlying brain mechanisms of this social information processing deficit.FPE2013 
Miroslav Kloz Life, at molecular level, operates as numerous complicated nanomachines. Miroslav Kloz investigates if controlled interaction of ultrashor (femtosecond) laser pulse in biological sample can reveal their dynamic in action.SCIENCE
Omar Solinger Planned change is often resisted in organizations. Omar Solinger tries to predict reactions to planned change early on with the use of a new longitudinal measurement system (an app) and a scenario-based approach.SBE
Linda Douw Linda Douw investigates the associations between molecular markers in tumor tissue and large-scale brain networks in brain tumor patients.VUmc2013 
Lotte Gerritsen Lotte Gerritsen unravels why some people are more resilient to the detrimental effects of stress than others, by examining the brain and genetics.VUmc2013 
Bart de Jong Members of work teams often differ in how much they trust each other. Bart de Jong investigates how these 'trust asymmetries' emerge and produce dysfunctional team outcomes.SBE
Marianne Moyaert Marianne Moyaert investigates how celebrating with believers of other religions can stimulate dialogue but also strengthen the boundaries between religious communities. TH2013 
Christian Burgers Christian Burgers investigates the occurrence, the effects, and the evolution of figurative frames over time in complex economic topics such as fiscal policy.FSS2013 
Frances Handoko - de ManFrances Handoko – de Man investigates the (mal)adaptive changes in neurohormonal sinaling during the development of right heart failure in Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension.VUmc2013 
Barbora Hola Barbora Hola compares the sentencing of international crimes by international and national courts.FL 2013 
Myrthe Plaisier When touching an object, all contact points between skin and object must be grouped together correctly in order to perceive the object. Myrthe Plaisier will investigate how our perceptual system solves this problem.FHMS2012 
Sjoerd Bruijn For most of us, walking is effortles. Still, bipedal walking is inherently unstable. In this project Sjoerd Bruijn will use recordings of brain waves during gait to investigate how our brains stabilize our gait pattern, and how this is different in persons with an unstable gait.FHMS 2012 
 Klaas Giesbertz is going to improve electronic structure calculations. These calculations are very important for the development of new nanotechnology and medicine, but they are often not sufficiently accurate.SCIENCE
 Medical implants can get infected which may result in mutilating retrieval surgeries. Joost Bruggeman aims to develop smart biomaterials that can be stimulated from outside the body to degrade and control the infection.VUmc2012
 Thomas Koelewijn uses pupillometry to investigate how attention affects speech perception, its relation to listening effort, and how these processes are affected by hearing loss.VUmc2012
 Rogier Reijmers will invetigate the role of hepran sulfate proteoglycans on stromal cells in the function of lymph nodes.VUmc2012
 Richard IJzerman will investigate genetic and environmental influences on cerebral areas that are involved in the regulation of food intake and the development of obesity.VUmc2012
 When people in a close relationship want different things, they need to decide whether to pursue self-interest or sacrifice for their close other. Francesca Righetti will examine the consequences of these decisions for the individual and the relationship well-being.  FPE2012
 Ester Herlin Karnell investigates the function of the EU principle of proportionality as a balancing mechanism for ensuring good governance within the European (multi-speed) area of freedom, security and justice.FL2012
 Amsterdam youth of African, Surinamese, and Antillean backgrounds shape a new, Afro-Dutch identity. Marleen de Witte examines practices of designing African roots in media, culture, and lifestyle. FSS2012
 Recent space missions to Mars suggest that the planet experienced different climatic conditions in the past, providing a suitable environment for the possible development of life. Jessica Flahaut will help characterise Mars surface evolution using its uniquely preserved geological record in combination with studies of terrestrial analogue sites – with a particular focus on water-rich minerals.SCIENCE
 Filipe Branco dos SantosUsing mathematical modeling and laboratory evolution experiments that extend for over one thousand generations, Filipe Branco dos Santos will explore how environmental dynamics shape Life.SCIENCE
 Peter KammingaPeter Kamminga empirically studies the relationship between the kinds of legal contracts used and the efficiency of infrastructure development.FL 2011 
 Diego MilloSome bacteria are able to harvest electricity from waste and, through proteins, deliver it directly to electrodes. Diego Millo will probe these proteins to learn how to optimize the whole process.SCIENCE
 Sanne AbelnTo obtain insight into the aggregation of proteins, as seen in Parkinson's and Alzheimer's disease, Sanne Abeln is developing a new methodology which combines experiments and computer simulations.SCIENCE
 Michel van den OeverIn addicts, relapse is often evoked by environmental cues that bring back memories of drug use. Michel van den Oever will activate and inactivate neurons with laserlight to identify the brain circuitry involved in relapse.SCIENCE
 Does reward change how you see the world? Clayton Hickey investigates how information about reward and outcome changes the way the brain processes visual input. FPE 2011 
 Stefan EngelsStefan Engels used insects and other small fossils to investigate the effect of sunspots on temperature and sediment.SCIENCE
 Alexei SharpanskykhemptyAlexei Sharpanskykh develops novel mathematical and computational techniques for safety analysis of modern organisations, for example in air traffic.SCIENCE
 Wouter van AtteveldtWouter van Atteveldt studies the statements of politicians in the media. He examines whether politicians dominate the public discourse or merely supply soundbytes for the running discourse?  FSS 2011 
 Conny WunschConny Wunsch quantifies desired and undesired effects of policies targeted at unemployed workers and derives recommendations for policy makers to improve the cost-effectiveness of these policies.SBE
 Bart van OortBart van Oort will develop a new microscope to study how plants organize the distribution of solar energy, with special attention on growth conditions.SCIENCE
 Philip WardFlood risk is increasing around the world. Is this the result of climate change or does climate variability, such as El Niño, play a more important role? Philip Ward researches this question at the global scale.SCIENCE
 Multiple sclerosis is an autoimmune disease. Juan Ilarregui explores the use of two different proteins that can kill the auto-reactive cells to decrease pathology. The study will aim at generating new tools for treatments.VUmc 2011 
 Thomas PolletThomas Pollet explores whether or not the Napoleon complex is fact or fiction. Are shorter men more aggressive and dominant than their taller counterparts?FPE 2010
How do individuals deal with risks with a low probability of a very large impact? Wouter Botzen will conduct economic experiments and surveys to study how insurance can provide incentives to take measures that limit damage of natural disasters.SCIENCE
Mattijs de GrootFor an effective treatment of cancer it is crucial that tumors can be imaged in the early stages of disease. Mattijs de Groot will develop a technique that makes it possible to create three dimensional images of tumors with fluorescence endoscopy.SCIENCE
Iddo HellerIddo Heller studies how our DNA is copied by a remarkably fast and accurate molecular motor, in order to learn how our body prevents copying errors that can lead to disease and aging.SCIENCE
Jorg EndrullisComputer systems and their programs increasingly permeate our society and daily life. Jörg Endrullis develops methods for automatically proving correctness of programs in order to guarantee their security, fault-free operation and enhance their quality.SCIENCE
Sandra van VlietHealthy cells, tumor cells and invading micro-organisms all have a different make up of cell surface glycans. Sandra van Vliet investigates how immune cells discriminate between these cell types based on their sugar composition.VUmc2010
Eleftheria PappaEleftheria Pappa is examining how cross-cultural consumption patterns by colonial communities  of the Phoenician diapora (8th-6th c. BC) mapped out on the formation and communication of cultural identity.ARTS2010
Markus HeydenreichMarkus Heydenreich used mathematical models to explain abrupt changes in physical systems during his stay at VU University Amsterdam.SCIENCE
Jamie PetersJamie Peters is developing a cure for drug addiction by using pharmacological and molecular tools to enhance extinction memory and a neural “off switch” for drug-seeking behavior. Extinction memory is a type of inhibitory memory formed when the associations between drug cues and the drug itself are violated.SCIENCE
Rudi BereraTo cope with excess light photosynthetic organisms have developed remarkable strategies. Rudi Berera investigates the molecular mechanisms underlying this vital regulatory process. While light is the lifeblood of photosynthesis, too much of it is lethal.SCIENCE
Tjeerd BoonstraTjeerd Boonstra investigates how spontaneous reorganization of brain activity allows us to change our behavior.FHMSempty2010
Marie van DijkMarie van Dijk investigates the function of the molecule associated with the pregnancy-related HELLP-syndrome to be able to develop a laboratory test for early detection of this disease.VUmcempty2010
Elisa GiovannettiElisa Giovannetti examines how different subpopulations of highly malignant cells and core molecular mechanisms are involved in the pharmacological resistance of pancreas cancer. This will unravel targets for effective therapies to combat these cancers.VUmc2010
emptyWendy Janssens investigates how the combination of micro credit and health insurance for entrepreneurs in Tanzania affects the effectiveness of both programs.SBE
Ank de JongeAnk de Jonge examines the influence of planned place of birth and health professional (midwife or obstetrician) on maternal complications and birth experiences.VUmc2010
Marleen de MooremptyMarleen de Moor investigates whether an unhealthy lifestyle causes more depression, or whether depression leads to an unhealthy lifestyle. To this end, she will develop new methods that are better able to distinguish between cause and effect.FPEempty2010
Paul NicuPaul Nicu develops faster and more accurate quantum mechanical algorithms to be applied in pharmaceutical industry.SCIENCE
Kristine SteenberghemptyKristine Steenbergh will examine the role of the early modern English theatre in conflicting ideas about the effect of emotions on an audience, in the context of the emerging public sphere in this period.LET2010
Adriana ZekveldAdriana Zekveld examines the relation between listening effort and pupil dilation by comparing the pupil response and brain activation during listening.VUmcempty2010
Katja TolstajaKatja Tolstaja investigates theological and socio-political implications of new religious phenomena and transformations of the traditional faith expressions within the Russian Orthodox Church. TH 2009 
Chris de GraafChris de Graaf develops new computer models for drugs development which can simultaneously predict favorable interactions with intended protein targets and unfavorable interactions with undesired proteins. SCIENCE
Melvyn RoerdinkMelvyn Roerdinks research focuses on rhythmic sensorimotor synchronization and the use of external rhythms in clinical gait rehabilitation.FHMS 2009 
Jeroen de RidderJeroen de Ridder analyzes and evaluates how the ongoing commercialization of science creates both opportunities and threats for the ways in which scientific knowledge is shared among scientists and with the general public. He does so using the analytical methods of philosophy of science and epistemology. PHIL 2009 
Daan GeerkeDaan Geerke develops improved models for general use in computer simulations of biomolecular and farmacochemical systems.SCIENCE
Jeroen GeurtsenJeroen Geurtsen investigates the biogenesis of capsular polysaccharides by the tuberculosis bacillus. VUmc2009 
Pamala-WiepkingWhy are people in some country's more generous then in other countries? Pamala Wiepking investigated the cross-national differences in donations to charitable organizations during her stay and VU University Amsterdam.FSS 2009 
Stefan WitteStefan Witte is developing an X-ray microscope. Using this device, the structure of brain cells can be studied with an extremely high resolution.SCIENCE
Christiaan de KockemptyChristiaan de Kock examines the role of various brain cells in processing sensory information.SCIENCE
Philip Verhagen conducts research on archaeologists’ expectancy maps by modelling social and cultural factors that have had an influence on settlement and land-use in the past.ARTS2008
Artem Belopolsky emptyArtem Belopolsky examines how the brain creates a coherent image of its surroundings from disjointed eye movements.FPE2008
Sophie van der SluisemptySophie van der Sluis examines new methods for facilitating the detection of genes for psychological characteristics. SCIENCE
Dirk SmitemptyBrain cells connect to each other and undesirable connections disappear. Dirk Smit is researching whether there is a pattern behind this.  FPE2008
Maaike GrootemptyMaaike Groot examines the changes in local farming communities where extra food production is changing not only the agricultural economy, but also society. ARTS2008
Michiel PegtelMichiel Pegtel conducts research on the question of whether cells in the immune mechanism communicate with each other by exchanging packages of genetic information.VUmc2008
Wieske van ZoestemptyVisual information changes as a function of time. Wieske van Zoest was researching the influence of this dynamic on people’s perception, choices and actions.FPE2008
emptyBarbara Vis is studying the influence of the risk (the loss of votes) that politicians are willing to take in reforming the welfare state. FSS2008
The muscle is made up from an ingenious organization of innumerable proteins. Coen Ottenheijm is studying how one deviant protein, nebulin, brings this entire structure to a standstill. VUmc2008
Juan Garcia VallejoemptyJuan Garcia Vallejo investigates, among other things, the molecular mechanisms that are responsible for changes to injury-associated glycosylation.SCIENCE
Marije MartijnIn Neoplatonism, the clarity of scientific explanations is a sign of their veracity. Marije Martijn is researching which characteristics such clarity consists of. PHIL 2008 
Marco LangbroekemptyMarco Langbroek examines specific Neanderthal behaviour, as this behaviour defines the Neanderthal. SCIENCE
Klaudia KuiperemptyKlaudia Kuiper investigates the different methods for determining when geological events took place by comparing the methods with each other.SCIENCE
emptyJeroen Koelemeij uses extremely cold molecules in an ion trap to find an answer to such modern-day questions as 'what goes on in interstellar clouds of gas?SCIENCE
Moumita DasMoumita Das examines how the behaviour of the cytoskeleton depends on the architecture and elasticity of its components.SCIENCE
Rosa BuloRosa Bulo is developing a flexible calculation method for chemical reactions that use the environmentally friendly solvent, water. SCIENCE
Bob RinkemptyBob Rink is using mathematical techniques to research how waves in singe-dimensional solids look, how they affect each other and whether they exist indefinitely.SCIENCE
Sara LombardoSara Lombardo onderzoekt zgn. automorfe Lie algebra's, onlangs ontdekte algebraïsche structuren, als wiskundig gereedschap voor het vinden van oplossingen. SCIENCE
Meta van FaassenemptyMeta van Faassen was researching how slow DNA particles can break by developing a new theoretical method. SCIENCE
Christel MiddeldorpChristel Middeldorp investigates whether cases of anxiety and depression involve the same genes for children as they do for adults, taking account of the influence of the environment.FPE2007
Wouter HenkelmanemptyWouter Henkelman is publishing 2500 clay tablets written in Elamitic cuneiform script, which will provide an insight into the socio-economic history of the Persian empire.ARTS2007
Wouter VeraartemptyWouter Veraart investigates what should happen in the case of a serious injustice that is more than forty years old. Does justice still have a function in that case?LAW2007
Ed Eringa Ed Eringa is using manipulation to studying whether a new type of fat causes diabetes.VUmc2007
Edith HoubenEdith Houben is studying the protein transport system of the bacterium that causes tuberculosis in order to establish the reasons for the ‘success’ of this pathogen.VUmc2007
Odile van den HeuvelOdile van den Heuvel investigates the brain by manipulating a magnetic field, after which it may briefly feel as though obsessional thoughts are taking over.VUmc2007
Gerben MeyenGerben Meynen is studying and evaluating the role of psychiatry in the philosophy of free will, using current knowledge of psychiatric disorders.PHIL2007
Leeg portretemptyMartijn Blaauw developed a new view of ‘knowledge’, where ‘knowledge’ can mean different things in different contexts.PHILempty2007
Guido van der WerfemptyGuido van der Werf conducts research on deforestation in the tropics and the burning of biomass, thereby attempting to create clarity in the causes of deforestation.SCIENCE
Mirjam PijnappelsemptyMirjam Pijnappels is seeking to identify and train elderly people who have a high risk of falling by determining with physical dimensions whether they are insufficiently capable of dealing with obstacles and balance disorders.FHMS2006
Federica PasquottoemptyFederica Pasquotto is developing a mathematical method to study the existence of periodic movements of physical objects.SCIENCE
Jacqueline VinkJacqueline Vink examines what factors (hereditary or otherwise) influence smoking behaviour and nicotine addiction and what the consequences of this are on health.FPE2006
Ruud ToonenRuud Toonen examines the cell membrane, with the help of new optic technologies, to unravel the mechanism by which nerve cells in this domain are able to send and receive signals.SCIENCE
Joost DessingemptyJoost Dessing conducted research on how the brain ‘calculates’, on the basis of what we see and feel, how arm and hand muscles are controlled in order to intercept an approaching ball.FBW 2005 
Manolis PapagiannakisManolis Papagiannakis has developed experimental methods for characterizing a new type of solar cell that originated from a union of biological and solid-state principles during his stay at VU University Amsterdam.FHMS2005
Rick BethlememptyRick Bethlem is creating a molecule fountain in which molecules are slowed down, cooled and launched 10-50 cm before they fall back again as a result of gravity.SCIENCE
Remus Dame emptyRemus Dame conducted research on the structure of chromatin and the interaction between chromatin structure and gene activity in bacteria and archaea.SCIENCE
Chris OostenbrinkemptyChris Oostenbrink examines, with the help of computer simulation, the movements made by proteins and predicts an efficient effect of their interactions.SCIENCE
Henry VischerHenry Vischer examines the role of a viral communication protein in disrupting the functioning of infected cells.SCIENCE
emptyFederico Camia conducts research on the mathematics and physics behind the phenomenon of geometric patterns in a honeycomb structure that has been randomly coloured using two colours.SCIENCE
Aico van VuurenemptyAico van Vuuren conducts research on the evolution of the distribution of the sizes of companies on the labour market.SBE
Charles BosemptyCharles Bos is combining econometric models for unobserved features with high-frequency data series in the field of finance.SBE
Leeg portretMarcel Janson has demonstrated how the internal skeleton of a yeast cell is formed, namely because certain proteins slide the threads of the skeleton past each other in a symmetrical fashion.SCIENCE
emptyMartijn Meeter is processing knowledge about neurotransmitters like dopamine and serotonin in computer models of the brain in order to discover what role they play in behaviour and brain diseases.FPE2005
Antoon Cornelis MientjesAntoon Mientjes was studying the changes of landscape in Italy and the Mediterranean region in modern times.ARTS2005
Nelleke MoseremptyNelleke Moser examines early-modern manuscript collections and printed anthologies in order to demonstrate the relationship between manuscripts and printed texts.ARTS2005
Alette SmeulersemptyAlette Smeulers was conducting empirical research into perpetrators of international crimes such as genocide and war crimes, and how they might be held to account.LAW2005
Leeg portretJenny van der Steen is researching improvements in the care and relief of suffering in the case of people who are dying when senile.VUmcempty2005
Leeg portretMarian Llamas-Lorente is analysing a new sense possessed by pathogenic bacteria that enables them to take over their host and cause an infection.VUmc2005
Klaus Linkenkaer-HansenemptyKlaus Linkenkaer-Hansen examines the complex dynamics of neural oscillations and how they are related with the cognitive function of sick and healthy people.SCIENCE
Harry van ZantenemptyHarry van Zanten is studying models for telecommunication networks and establishing a connection with the vibrations of wires caused when both contain signals with different frequencies.SCIENCE
Leeg portretBas Kleijn researched Bayesian semi-parametrics, which combine the benefits of a simple and realistic model during his stay at VU University Amsterdam.SCIENCE
Meike BartelsemptyMeike Bartels is using a large-scale study of twins and families to research individual differences in happiness, prosperity and physical health.FPE2004
Leeg portretemptyEsther Pascual studied the strategic use of quotes in Dutch and American criminal trials during her stay at VU University Amsterdam.LET2004
Elies van Sliedregt emptyElies van Sliedregt 's research interest lies in the field of international, European and comparative criminal law. LAW2004
Anna van RietschotenHereditary characteristics (genes) in the human cell consist of pairs, but for effective resistance, only one is used. Anna van Rietschoten is researching why this is the case.VUmc2004
Charlotte TeunissenemptyCharlotte Teunissen is conducting biomarker studies for patients with Alzheimer’s disease and multiple sclerosis; it may be possible to find very early signs of ongoing disease pathology in body fluids, which enables early treatment.VUmc2004
Dirk-Jan Scheffers Dirk-Jan Scheffers was conducting research into how bacteria grow and divide.SCIENCE
Leeg portretemptyRob van Dam conducted research on how a lack of vitamin D can promote the occurrence of type 2 diabetes and whether swallowing vitamin D can reduce the chance of getting diabetes.SCIENCE
Albert MenkveldemptyAlbert Menkveld conducts research on the financing and administration of the financial sector. In 2007 he won the Pierson Medal for his research into financial markets.SBE
Leeg portret Anne-Rigt Poortman conducted research on the value of old baggage on the marriage market during her stay at VU University Amsterdam.FSS2003
Hilde Bras conducted research on the lives of brothers and sisters in 19th-century Netherlands.FSS 2003
Leeg portret Monika Schmid conducted research on how, where and when immigrants lose their mother tongue during her stay at VU University Amsterdam.ARTS2003
Leeg portret Arjan Braam conducted research on the elderly’s image of God in combination with psychological disorders during his stay at VU University Amsterdam.VUmc2003
Heidi de WitThe research being carried out by Heidi de Wit deals with communication between nerve cells. Errors in communication can lead to countless neurological and psychiatric disorders.SCIENCE
Juliette LegleremptyJuliette Legler is analysing the zebrafish as her part of the quest for a means of quickly finding out whether certain substances are poisonous.SCIENCE
Jan Bouwe van den BergemptyJan Bouwe van den Berg is developing mathematical methods for understanding the non-linear differential equations behind the formation of patterns.SCIENCE
Arjen SiegmannArjen Siegmann is making a behavioural-science analysis of financial issues.SBE
Chris OliversemptyChristian Olivers examines through analysis of eye movements and MRI measurements whether visual attention, short-term memory and consciousness work according to the same rules.FPE2002
Leeg portretemptyEsther van Leeuwen examines what factors contribute to successful collaborations between groups and how such factors can be stimulated.FPE2002
Sander NieuwenhuisSander Nieuwenhuis used technologies for depicting the brain to research how people take decisions during his stay at VU University Amsterdam.FPE2002
Leeg portret Dorothée Sturkenboom conducted research into the creation of the image of the Dutch as traders during her stay at VU University Amsterdam.ARTS2002
Leeg portretemptyElisabetta Manunza is questioning in her research the economic and legal hypotheses on which the regulation regarding European tenders is based.LAW2002
Leeg portretemptyMirjam van Veen examines why Calvin conducted a war of words against the Libertines and clarifies their identity.TH2002
Leeg portret A.J. Engering conducted research on the role that dendritic cells play in resistance mechanisms in the immune system during at VU University Amsterdam.VUmc2002
Jolanda van der Velden is making a systematic analysis of the organizational structure of proteins that enable the heart to pump.VUmc2002
Marjolein van Egmond Marjolein van Egmond is looking for a specific pointer for blood cells so that they can find and destroy tumours with specific antigens more quickly and more easily.VUmc2002
Leeg portret Serge Rombouts looked for an easy way of detecting Alzheimer’s disease at an early stage during his stay at VU University Amsterdam.VUmc2002
Arianna BettiemptyArianna Betti is rewriting Tarski’s semantic revolution through the inclusion of axiomatic developments from Bolzano to the Polish school of logic.PHIL2002