Two School of Engineering Professors win SNSF Eccellenza Grants

Maartje Bastings, an assistant professor with the Programmable Biomaterials Laboratory has been awarded an Eccellenza Grant by the Swiss National Science Foundation.

The Swiss National Foundation’s Eccellenza Professorial Fellowships and SNSF Eccellenza Grants are given each year to “highly qualified young researchers who aspire to a permanent professorship.” The goal is to support these scientists in leading generously funded research projects with their own team at a Swiss higher education institution.

The Eccellenza Grants aim at “researchers in all disciplines who have recently been appointed as tenure-track assistant professors at a Swiss higher education institution. ”The Grants offer project funds up to 1,500,000 Swiss francs over five years.

The Eccellenza Professorial Fellowships are aimed “at outstanding researchers in all disciplines who have a doctorate or equivalent qualification and are pursuing an academic career, but who have not yet obtained an assistant professorship.” Along with salaries, the Fellowhsips fund projects up to 1,000,000 Swiss francs over five years.

Maartje Bastings (School of Engineering/Interfaculty Institute of Bioengineering). Project: Quantifying complex multivalency through precision engineering 

“We aim to develop super-specific materials using DNA as precision polymer. By controlling the patterns of different binding molecules, we can systematically and quantitatively analyze the importance of spatial-organization on binding performance. Our precision materials will provide novel insights in multivalent binding which is crucial to improve the design of diagnostics and allows for the development of smart therapeutic nanoparticles.”