Prestigious Vici grant (1.5 million euros) for prof. Jaap van Buul

Gatekeepers of the vasculature

Prof. Jaap van Buul will receive a Vici-grant of 1.5 million euros from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). Vici is one of the largest personal grants for scientists in the Netherlands and targets advanced researchers.

Jaap van Buul investigates how white blood cell migrate through the blood vessel wall to infection sites. The blood vessel wall acts as gatekeeper between the blood and the surrounding tissue. In case of inflammation, white blood cells move through the vessel wall to deal with the inflammation. His research proposal aims to better understand how white blood cells exit to clear harmful pathogens.

Jaap van Buul

Januari this year, Jaap van Buul  has been named professor by special appointment of Molecular Cell Biology of Cell Migration at the University of Amsterdam’s (UvA) Faculty of Science. The chair was established on behalf of the Sanquin Foundation. Van Buul has been affiliated with Sanquin since 2006, and became the head of the Molecular Cell Biology laboratory in 2016.

Talent Scheme: about Vici

The Vici grant targets highly experienced researchers who have successfully demonstrated the ability to develop their own innovative lines of research, and to act as coaches for young researchers. Vici provides researchers with the opportunity to set up their own research group, often in anticipation of a tenured professorship. The Vici grant is one of three funding instruments within the Talent Scheme. The other two instruments are the Veni grant (for recently graduated PhDs, up to 3 years after graduation) and the Vidi grant (for experienced postdocs, up to 8 years after graduation).