Spinoza Prize for Nynke Dekker

Nynke Dekker has been awarded a Spinoza Prize by the Netherlands Oganization for Scientific Research (NWO).
This is one of the most prestigious awards in Dutch science

(Picture: NWO, fotografie: Studio Oostrum/Hollandse Hoogte)
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First simulation of a full-sized mitochondrial membrane

New algorithm links different scales, bringing simulated cell a step closer
(Reference: Rene Fransen, EurekAlert! – AAAS)

(Image: Marrink Lab, University of Groningen)
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Matthias Heinemann receives NWO Vici grant

Matthias Heinemann professor at the University of Groningen and BaSyC PI receives a 1,5 million NWO Vici grant.
His research plan focusses on: ‘Uncovering the clockwork of cellular metabolism’.

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ERC grants for BaSyC PI’s Cees Dekker, Gijs Wuite and Pieter Rein ten Wolde

Cees Dekker (TU Delft), Gijs Wuite (VU Amsterdam) and Pieter Rein ten Wolde (AMOLF & VU Amsterdam) have each been awarded an ERC Advanced Grant. Advanced Grants are awarded to internationally established research leaders to conduct ground-breaking, high-risk projects with a maximum duration of five-year projects.

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Artificial cell division a step closer to reality

The group of Christophe Danelon from TU Delft have succeeded in replicating a biological mechanism that is essential for cell division in bacteria in the lab and have published their findings in Nature Communications.

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1st International Symposium on Building a Synthetic Cell

The 1st International Symposium on Building a Synthetic Cell (BaSyC) was held on 28 and 29 August 2018 in Delft, the Netherlands. The global scientific meeting was fully dedicated to research on the bottom-up assembly of a functioning synthetic cell.

(Photo: Haalbeeld Photography)
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The Synthetic Cell: a new frontier in science and technology

Can we build a living cell from lifeless components? ...and in doing so, understand how life works?

With this initiative we aim to address one of the grand scientific challenges of this century: building a synthetic cell from its molecular building blocks.

(Image: Graham Johnson)

Building a synthetic cell is one of the grand scientific and intellectual challenges of the 21st century. While we have extensive knowledge about the molecular building blocks that form the basis of modern life, we currently do not understand how these building blocks collectively operate to define life. With BaSyC we propose to build a synthetic cell from the bottom-up, which arguably is the most fundamental approach towards elucidating the cell’s intricate working and basic life-defining principles. Truly understanding cellular life will bring huge intellectual, scientific, and technological rewards. At the same time, it will raise fascinating philosophical and ethical questions about how society may cope with new opportunities that result from these new fundamental insights.