Tineke Lenstra to receive KNAW award for research into DNA regulation

10 Nov 2020 12:35

Molecular biologist Tineke Lenstra of the Netherlands Cancer Institute will receive the Early Career Award awarded by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (Koninklijke Nederlandse Academie van Wetenschappen; KNAW). Together with her lab, she investigates the way in which genes are regulated to explain the differences between individual cells.

These differences may be caused by the way the genetic information in a cell is read. The technology Lenstra developed for this ‘transcription research’ is especially innovative, according to the KNAW: she uses microscopy techniques to see how the genetic information is transcribed using living cells, including yeast as a model organism.

Her new technique allows her to view the regulatory protein molecules and the transcription of the genetic material at a molecular level. To research gene regulation, she combines her technique with genetic manipulations. The business world is following her technique with great interest.

KNAW Early Career Award

Every year, the KNAW Early Career Awards are given to young researchers from among the four Academy domains: Humanities, Behavioral Sciences, Social Sciences and Law, Natural Sciences and Engineering, and Medical, Biomedical and Health Sciences. The awards are presented to a maximum of three researchers per domain, and consist of a sum of € 15.000 to be spent on their own research careers. All winners will receive a piece of art. The prize will be awarded on February 15, 2021.

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