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The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) has awarded Rubicon grants to Danny Broere (chemistry, UvA) and Marten Hoeksema (AMC, biochemistry). The grant allows them to gain international research experience at leading institutes. Both will be carrying out research in the United States, at Yale University and the University of California San Diego, respectively.

Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research

Danny Broere (Van 't Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences): Making Amines out of Thin Air

Current methods for amine synthesis require huge amounts of energy and create a lot of chemical waste. The aim of Broere’s research is to develop a more energy-efficient way of directly converting molecular nitrogen into amines.

Broere will be working in Yale’s Department of Chemistry for a period of two years.

Marten Hoeksema (Department of Medical Biochemistry): Genetic switches regulate adequate inflammatory response

Genes are switched on and off according to information encoded in our DNA. These ‘switches’ also regulate the activity of cells involved in inflammatory response. Hoeksema’s aim is to identify switches in inflammatory cells and investigate whether changes in DNA disrupt the way these switches function.

Hoeksema will be carrying out research in the Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine of the University of California San Diego for two years.