UvA researcher to go to New York with Rubicon grant
The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) has awarded a Rubicon grant to the young researcher David van Dijk (Faculty of Science). He will carry out his research into the detection of resistant cells in ovarian cancer at the Department of Biological Sciences at Columbia University, New York, United States.
About the research project:
Despite initial remission after chemo therapy, 70-90% of patients with ovarian cancer experience a fatal relapse. Small resistant cell populations enable the tumor to grow back to its full size. The researcher will map these individual resistant cells and expose their potential weaknesses.
The Rubicon grant enables researchers who have recently completed their PhD to gain research experience abroad. Foreign researchers are given the opportunity to carry out their research in The Netherlands.
Recipients have been selected based on the innovative en boundary-breaking qualities of their research. A total of 94 researchers submitted a proposal. The NWO awarded fifteen of these proposals with the Rubicon grant.