Two VENI grants for Biophysics of Photosynthesis

The Physics Department section Biophysics of Photosynthesis received two NWO Veni grants.

07/17/2018 | 10:30 AM

The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) has awarded a Veni grant worth up to 250,000 Euros to 154 researchers who have recently obtained their doctorate. The Veni grant provides highly promising young scientists with the opportunity to further elaborate their own ideas during a period of three years.

Two researchers, Vincent Friebe and Nicoletta Liguori, from the Department of Physics and Astronomy were awarded a Veni grant. The description of the projects can be found below as well as the link to the NWO press release for information on the other VENI laureates.

Hacking Photosynthesis: a biosensor for environmental pollutants
Dr V.M. (Vincent) Friebe (m), VU, Biophysics

In order to sustain our increasing food demand, novel herbicides are constantly being developed in order to improve crop yields. This research seeks to create an accessible biosensor which is specific and sensitive to herbicides residues found in our ecosystem, drinking water and food.


The molecular strategy of plants against sunburn
Dr N. (Nicoletta) Liguori (f), VU - Physics and Astronomy

By discarding the excess absorbed energy (photoprotection), plants avoid photodamage. Protein conformational switches trigger photoprotection. How these switches are regulated is poorly understood. The researcher will develop a novel ultrafast spectroscopy method and combine it with state-of-the-art molecular dynamics to determine it.


Press release