Cees Dekker surprised with Best Professor Award 2018

On Monday 2 July, Cees Dekker, Professor of Molecular Biophysics at the Faculty of Applied Sciences (AS) , was surprised with the announcement that he will receive the Best Professor Award 2018 on 3 September. “It is a great honour to receive this award, especially because the students and PhD candidates have nominated me”, says Cees Dekker. The Delft University Fund has awarded its prestigious Best Professor prize (in Dutch: Leermeesterprijs) since 1994. A Best Professor is someone who excels in both research and education, and who knows how to inspire and motivate the next generation of Delft engineers. Recipients of the award are reckoned among the top of TU...
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Committee thank you activity

Friday the 15th of June, S.V.N.B. Hooke organised the committee thank you activity for all the people who contributed to the activities organised last year and to the people who gave advice to the board last year. We went to het Kralingse Bos in Rotterdam, where we chilled out and played games like volleyball and the Kubb Viking game. Furthermore, the board served an easy but nutritious meal. The committee thank you present was also given to the attendees: a skipping rope with the Dutch word joke: “Bedankt voor het bijspringen”, which means “Thanks for helping out”, but literally translates to “Thanks for jumping in.” It was a very enjoyable...
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Spinozapremie 2018 Marileen Dogterom

Marileen Dogterom, head of the department of BioNanoScience, has won the Spinozapremie 2018. The spinozapremie is the most important award in Dutch Science. Every year, three or four researchers receive this award. They all receive € 2.5 million to spent on their research. Marileen her research focuses on cytoskeletal polymers. How these polymers are organised and assembled is important for many cellular processes. To reach an understanding of the physics governing the cytoskeleton, her lab does experiments in microfabricated environments and living cells and they perform theoretical modelling. The other researchers that received the award are prof. dr. John van der Oost, prof. dr. Carsten de Dreu and prof. dr....
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Multiple Day Excursion Oxford

From June 8 until June 10 a group of 30 bachelor and master students visited Oxford. We visited multiple departments at the University of Oxford and a company, called Oxsybio. Finally, we also received a lunch lecture in the sun from a former Nanobiology student that finished a master mathematical and theoretical physics in Oxford. Friday 8th  On Friday we divided the group into two so that visiting Oxsybio would become a lot easier. Both groups visited the department of biological physics, Micron (the imaging facility at the university) and Oxsybio. At the department of biological physics, the group received a tour by two PhD students. They explained their research...
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Company Visit Gent

Last week the first and second year students visited Gent. We had a tour and a presentation at two companies: The Cell Factory and ProDigest. Here the students learned a lot on how to turn research into a viable company in the biotechnology sector. The cell factory is a company focused on the development of extracellular vesicles for applications in regenerative medicine. The development of these EV’s would be much more affordable than other drugs used in this field. The cell factory is the Research and Development department of the larger company Esperite. During the tour we could see how the EVs were visualized using light scattering. Secondly, we visited...
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Mystery of superior Leeuwenhoek microscope solved after 350 years

Researchers from TU Delft and Rijksmuseum Boerhaave have solved an age-old mystery surrounding Antonie van Leeuwenhoek’s microscopes. A unique collaboration at the interface between culture and science has proved conclusively that the linen trader and amateur scholar from Delft ground and used his own thin lenses. Considering the unrivalled quality of the microscopic images produced by Van Leeuwenhoek, this was always thought to be practically impossible. The prevailing view was that grinding small lenses of such high quality by hand was simply a bridge too far. A new research method helped to solve the mystery: namely using a neutron bundle from the TU Delft research reactor. The TU Delft Reactor...
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Graduation Bachelor and Master students

On March 29, a small group of Nanobiology students received their Bachelor and Master’s degree. During the ceremony, Tessa Vergroesen (BSc) gave a speech in which she explained how Nanobiology bridged the gap for her personally. She explained that she had to get out of her comfort zone by studying math and physics next to biology. During the speech of Héctor Tejeda (MSc), we learned a lot about the fun and struggles of a Mexican in the Netherlands. Next to Tessa Vergroesen and Héctor Tejeda, we would like to congratulate Ayla Engels, Mandy Segers and David Hueting with getting their degrees!

Kickoff Delft Bioengineering Institute

Last week the Kickoff of the Delft Bioengineering Institute took place at the Aula. Prof. Isabel Arends, professor of Biocatalysis and the founder of the Institute: “All across our campus you find scientists who share my fascination for the building blocks of biology and what we can achieve with them. It is a wide and varied field of research. In Delft, we are working on biofuels and biomaterials, but also on subjects like bacteriophages, cell imaging, organ-on-chip technology, and the synthetic cell. The institute will connect these people with each other, and with parties from other areas of society, such as government, industry, non-profit organisations and other academic partners. Together, we...
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Excursion Phenomworld

Last week a group of Master Students traveled to Eindhoven to visit Phenomworld. Phenomworld has separated from a major Electron Microscope Builder, FEI, a few years ago. Phenomworld makes desktop Scanning Electron Microscopes. A desktop SEM is about as big as an old school computer, but weights between 60 and 80 kilos. The resolution can be up to 8 nm in ideal circumstances. Normally, SEMs take up almost an entire room. Desktop SEMs have different applications, like looking at gun shot residues, but also many applications in the Life Science Field. If you want to use a desktop SEM yourself, you can always go to the children’s museum NEMO.

Mathematics explains why Crispr-Cas9 sometimes cuts the wrong DNA

The discovery of the Cas9 protein has been of great value to medical science. It has simplified gene editing tremendously, and may even make it possible to eliminate many hereditary diseases in the near future. Using Cas9, researchers have the ability to cut DNA in a cell to correct mutated genes, or paste new pieces of genetic material into the newly opened spot. Initially, the Crispr-Cas9 system seemed to be extremely accurate. But unfortunately, it is now apparent that Cas9 sometimes also cuts other DNA sequences similar to the exact sequences it was programmed to target. Scientists at Delft University of Technology have developed a mathematical model that explains why...
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