Genome editing in Phaseolus vulgaris (common bean) for nutritional quality improvement...

ID: MSCA-19-Angenon01


The potential of genome editing and the legal status of genome edited organisms.



Laboratory of Plant Genetics and Biotechnology

Research in the Laboratory of Plant Genetics concerns basic plant molecular genetics as well as applied research relevant to the plant biotechnology and agricultural sector. The research is focused on plant amino acid metabolism, reactions of plants to biotic and abiotic stress factors and improvement of nutritional quality. In our applied research projects, we make use of molecular breeding strategies, including genome editing and transgene technology.

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From exploring microbial physiology and understanding molecular principles towards exploiting this knowledge in synthetic biology engineering

ID: MSCA-19-Peeters01


MICR Research Group

The MICR research group focuses on the field of molecular microbiology, with a twofold mission statement:

A better understanding of gene regulatory mechanisms in prokaryotic microorganisms, and the engineering of genetic and regulatory pathways to obtain microbial strains with biotechnologically useful properties.
A fundamental research question that is being addressed is how microorganisms adapt their metabolism and physiology in response to continuously changing environmental conditions (nutritional conditions, temperature-or oxidative stress,...), by means of gene regulatory mechanisms. A major goal is the unravelling of gene regulatory networks by characterization of trans-acting (transcription factors) and cis-acting elements (promoters, transcription factor binding sites). Underlying molecular mechanisms of the interaction between transcription factors and the genome are thoroughly characterized. Fundamental research lays the foundations for applied research, which includes the rational design of microbial physiology for a wide variety of biotechnological applications such as the microbial production of biochemicals (e.g. biofuels) from renewable biomass. We adopt an integrated methodological approach combining genetic, genomic, biochemical and biophysical techniques and collaborate closely with other (inter-)national research groups.

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Biomineralization-Comparison between Theory and Experiment

ID: MSCA-19-Tielens01


Bio/inorganic interfaces at the molecular level; The special case of ...

ID: MSCA-19-Tielens02


Characterization of Bio-organic Self Assembled Monolayer on Metal Surfaces

ID: MSCA-19-Tielens03


ALGC Research Group

In the laboratory ALGC VUB Materials Modeling, we have been investigating physico- chemical properties of solids for 2 decades. The tools we use are those of quantum chemistry, but also those involving classical Force Fields. Over the years we have been particularly interested in periodic density functional theory (DFT). The solids (and materials in general) and the solid liquid interface models, that we have studied can be grouped into three main categories: silica-based materials, noble metals and bio- and biological materials (mainly biological calcifications). The goal of our research is to characterize these complex materials at the atomic and molecular level. For this we build unique and calculable models. The properties derived from the obtained electron density obtained from ab initio methods, have brought us to collaborate closely with experimentalists in very different fields such as: chemical engineering, material chemists, geology, catalysis, pharmacy, medicine, and archeology. In summary we use theoretical and computational chemistry combined with experimental methods to characterize and understand materials.

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Promotor: http://we.vub.ac.be/nl/frederik-tielens




Low-CO2 cements, from waste products

ID: MSCA-19-Rahier01


Development of fast scanning and AC chip calorimetry for sustainable material applications

ID: MSCA-19-VandenBrande01


Rheokinetics and reactive modelling for advanced processing of...

ID: MSCA-19-Brancart01


Alternative chemistries for dynamically reversible polymer network systems

ID: MSCA-19-Brancart02


FYSC Research Group

Physical Chemistry and Polymer Science (FYSC) is a research group in the Faculty of Engineering. Together with the research group Electrochemical and Surface Engineering (SURF), FYSC is part of the educational department Materials and Chemistry (MACH).

The research activities of the research group Physical Chemistry and Polymer Science are focused on molecular and supra-molecular structure–processing-property relations in synthetic, bio-based or natural polymers for developing sustainable materials with improved performance. A unique collection of physicochemical analytical techniques and characterization procedures is available for this purpose. Novel macromolecular materials are designed by polymer synthesis, either in-house or in collaboration with external partners. A contribution to the international progress of thermal analysis for materials’ characterization is aimed at, extending the instrument range to:

  • techniques for measuring transitions more sensitively: modulated temperature differential scanning calorimetry, micro-and nanocalorimetry,
  • faster techniques suitable for thin films and ultra-small samples: ultra fast scanning chip-based methods,
  • techniques permitting analyses on a smaller lateral scale: spatially localized thermal analysis at the micro-and nanometer level using atomic force microscopy based methods,
  • novel in-house developed hyphenated thermal techniques permitting combinations of measurements on a single sample.

Education and training in thermal analysis for the academic and industrial community is also an objective.




Investigating and understanding male infertility–the biology of the testis

ID: MSCA-19-Goossens01


BITE Research Group

The research group BITE has performed pioneering work on in vivo strategies for fertility preservation in young boys needing gonadotoxic treatment (SSC transplantation and tissue grafting). These are now being translated to clinical applications. However, these in vivo strategies will not benefit young boys suffering from systemic or metastasizing cancers (risk for transplanting back malignant cells), patients with Klinefelter syndrome (sclerotic testes at adult age), and patients with non-obstructive azoospermia. These patients might benefit from in vitro strategies.

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Research Group Cosmopolis

The Cosmopolis Centre for Urban Research (www.cosmopolis.be) is a research centre within the Department of Geography of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and is dedicated to research and teaching in geography, spatial planning and urban design. Committed to pursuing both academic and practice relevant research, Cosmopolis actively engages policy makers, governments, citizen networks and other urban partners to transform knowledge into action. Cosmopolis is a leading member of the Brussels Centre for Urban Studies (www.urbanstudies.brussels). A university-wide network for urban research that brings together researchers from more than 25 research groups at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and is coordinator of two international MSc in Urban Studies programmes.

Our group currently consists of approximately 45 members of staff (professors, researchers, support staff) and is one of the leading urban studies groups in Europe with strong local and international visibility with staff involved in various locally, European or internationally funded research networks and projects. Our expertise covers most areas relevant to urban studies, ranging from research on housing, urban design, mobility, transport and spatial planning to financial geography, urban culture, migration and diversity, urban policy and local economic development.








Dynamic Data Physicalisation

ID: MSCA-19-Signer01


Interactive Paper and Augmented Reality

ID: MSCA-19-Signer02


Personal Cross-Media Information Management

ID: MSCA-19-Signer03


WISE Laboratory

The Web & Information Systems Engineering (WISE) Laboratory is a research unit of the department of Computer Science of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. WISE is headed by Professor Dr. Olga De Troyer and Professor Dr. Beat Signer.

The activities of WISE concentrate on innovative information systems, such as next generation web applications, context-aware applications, and mixed-media information spaces, as well as human-computer interaction aspects for those systems, such as interactive paper, cross-media solutions or multimodal and multi-touch interaction. We develop new engineering methodologies, tools and software frameworks for the rapid prototyping and efficient realization of these innovative information environments.

There is a strong emphasis on conceptual modeling and design, semantics, reasoning on designs, adaptation and personalization, localization and globalization, accessibility, and usability in general. Important technologies used in this context are Semantic Web technologies, Web 2.0 technologies, ontologies, graphical and visual design languages, domain specific modeling languages, and design patterns.

Important application domains are Web applications, augmented and virtual reality, data physicalisation, serious games, and e-learning.

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