Utrecht University

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Meike Bos investigated how lungs transport mucus by using physics

Life Sciences - Jun 10
Life Sciences

Applying physics to better understand complicated biological processes: that is what Meike Bos did during her PhD. She used computer models to investigate how ciliated cells in the airways move to ensure that mucus can be transported. Her research, culminating in a successful dissertation defense on 29 May, highlights the power of computational modeling in addressing complex biological phenomena. "I prefer to apply physics to the real world", she says.

Life Sciences - May 30

More wolves does not necessarily equal fewer foxes or badgers

The assumption that the numbers of smaller predators will decline when large predator populations rise, is not necessarily valid. For mammals in Europe, this relationship appears to exist only in specific cases.

Physics - May 27

EIC Pathfinder Grant to build prototypical quantum computer

The European Innovation Council (EIC) has awarded a Pathfinder Grant of about 3 million euros to the European consortium Quondensate.

Health - May 23

Helga Gardarsdottir appointed Professor of Real World Data for Decision Making on Medicines

Utrecht University has appointed Helga Gardarsdottir as Professor of Real World Data for Decision Making on Medicines. Gardarsdottir and her team investigate how so called "real world data", including healthcare data from routine practice, can be used more effectively to gain insights into the safety and effectiveness of medicines, in order to enable well-informed clinical and regulatory decisions.

Environment - May 22

Seaweed forests are an overlooked component of oceanic carbon storage


A groundbreaking study by an international team of researchers has revealed seaweed forests to be significant contributors to oceanic carbon storage.

Environment - May 29

Sustainable hydropower development in the Upper Indus


The upper Indus basin, home to the Himalaya, Hindukush and Karakoram mountain ranges, feeds major rivers that flow through India, Pakistan, Afghanistan and China.

Environment - May 24

30 million euros for research into climate change feedbacks


Climate change can accelerate due to feedback mechanisms: complex phenomena caused by climate change that in turn can further drive climate change.

Environment - May 23

The global clean water crisis looms large

Water scarcity will intensify with climate and socioeconomic change, disproportionately impacting populations located in the Global South. So concludes a new Utrecht University article published in Nature Climate Change on 23 May 2024, which used a state-of-the-art global water quantity and quality model to estimate clean water scarcity until the end of the century.

Career - May 22

Hiring people with disabilities requires looking beyond perceptions

Many people with disabilities would like to work but are not hired. There are many possible explanations for this persistent problem. Researchers from Utrecht University focused on the factors that influence employers' hiring behaviour.