About usThe Cell Biology department combines a leading role in research and teaching in molecular life sciences. They are interested in research related to cancer metastasis, cellular metabolism, cellular immunity and neurodegenerative disease.
In the spotlight: NWO Vidi grant for Daniele Tauriello
NWO has awarded a Vidi grant to Daniele Tauriello, as part of the Innovational Research Incentives Scheme. He receives 800,000 euros to develop an innovative research theme and to build up his group at Cell Biology.read more
In the spotlight: NWO Vidi grant for Daniele TaurielloNWO (The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research) has awarded a Vidi grant to Daniele Tauriello, as part of the Innovational Research Incentives Scheme. He receives 800,000 euros to develop an innovative research theme and to build up his group at Cell Biology.
Vidi is aimed at excellent researchers who have been producing successful research for a number of years since obtaining their PhD. These academics are among the best 10 to 20 percent in their field. A Vidi will allow them to conduct research for a period of five years. In this way, NWO stimulates curiosity-driven and innovative research. We congratulate Dr. Tauriello with this funding and wish him a lot of success with his great work.
Daniele Tauriello (department: Cell Biology; theme: Tumors of the digestive tract)
Project: Restoring the immune system to prevent cancer from spreading
White blood cells can kill spreading cancer cells but are frequently sidelined by the tumor. The researchers will dissect this process of immune evasion in cultured minitumors to then block it in colon cancer in mice. With this treatment option, they may be able to prevent or cure metastasis.
Proudly presenting our new research group leader: Daniele Tauriello
As of 15 June we welcome a new research group leader in our team: Daniele Taurielloread more
Proudly presenting our new assistant professor: Anat Akiva
As of 1 August we welcome a new assistant professor in our team: Anat Akivaread more
Proudly presenting our new assistant professor: Anat AkivaAnat Akiva is an assistant professor at the Cell Biology Department. Her primary interest is in the field of biomineralization, aiming to understand the processes of hard tissue formation in health and disease. Her research aims at the fundamental understanding of mineralization processes which have essential implications in regenerative medicine. Her most recent activities also include the study of pathological mineralization in bone-related diseases such as osteogenesis imperfecta (brittle bone disease) and calcification of soft tissues such as atherosclerosis (blood vessel calcification).
Anat received her B.Sc., and M.Sc. degree (cum laude) in Chemistry from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology. Her major was in physical chemistry and solid-state NMR. She performed her PhD studies at the Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel, in the group of Prof Lia Addadi and Prof Steve Weiner, where she investigated the process of bone mineralization in vivo using the zebrafish and chicken embryo as animal models. She mastered advanced imaging and spectroscopy techniques such as in vivo fluorescent confocal imaging, cryo-(FIB)-SEM, Raman and µ-spot X-ray spectroscopy. In 2016 she moved to the Netherlands for her postdoctoral studies at the group of Prof. Nico Sommerdijk in the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e), where she has established a new research line on Biological Materials Chemistry.
Anat is a Marie Curie fellow (2018), a Veni laureate (2019) and a recipient of the Weizmann Institute of Science - National Postdoctoral Award Program for Advancing Women in Science (2017).
2 Winners Cell Biology RIMLS award festivalLeontien van der Bent from our department received the prize for Best MIC image 2018 with the picture of: Immortalized myoblasts from myotonic dystrophy type 1 patient.
Remco van Cruchten received a travel award to visit the International Myotonic Dystrophy Consortium meeting in Sweden.
Breakfast@Cell Biology once every 6 weeks!The department of Cell Biology invites colleagues to give a seminar about their current research issues. The topics range from molecule to men to population with the aim of bridging fundamental cell biological research with clinical questions.
Breakfast in December:16 December 2019
Guest speakers: Niels van Royen, Dept. of Cardiology, Lara Konijnenberg and Robin Nijveldt
Topic: Heart diseases.
Time: 9.15-10.15 incl. discussion.
Radboud Institute for Molecular Life Sciences
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6525 GA Nijmegen