Isabel Arends and Wiro Niessen elected as members of KNAW

News - 11 May 2017

Isabel Arends, Professor of Biocatalysis and Organic Chemistry and Wiro Niessen, Professor of Biomedical Imaging are two of 26 new members appointed by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW).

The Academy has approximately 550 members across all scientific disciplines. These leading scientists are elected on the basis of their scientific achievements. Members are appointed for life. The new Academy members will be installed on Thursday 8 June.

Isabel Arends

Isabel Arends (1966) is Professor of Biocatalysis and Organic Chemistry in the Faculty of Applied Sciences (AS). In her research, she focuses on green catalysts for the chemicals industry, particularly on the use of enzymes. As the founder of the new Delft Bioengineering Institute, she brings people together from the campus and beyond.

Professor Isabel Arends studied Physical Organic Chemistry at Leiden University. In 1993, she obtained her PhD with distinction for her doctoral thesis “Thermolysis of arene derivatives with coal-type hydrogen donors”. She subsequently spent a post-doc year at the Steacie Institute of Molecular Sciences, in Ottawa, Canada and joined the TU Delft in 1996. She was appointed Full Professor Biocatalysis and Organic Chemistry in 2007 and has been chair of the department of Biotechnology at the Faculty of Applied Sciences since 2013. She is also Vice Chair of the domain Applied and Engineering Sciences of The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). In 2016 she founded the TU Delft Bioengineering Institute. In this 175th anniversary year of the TU Delft, Isabel Arends  is chair of the lustrum committee.

Read the interview with Isabel Arends in Portraits of Science.

Wiro Niessen

Wiro Niesen (1969) is a leading Dutch researcher in the field of medical image processing at TU Delft and Erasmus MC.

At the beginning of his career, Niessen developed new operating techniques, allowing surgeons to operate through small openings. Then, he started working on processing and analyzing large amounts of medical images in combination with genetic data. As a result, dementia can diagnosed at an earlier stage. Moreover, his techniques can be used to support the treatment of cancer. In addition to being a researcher, Niessen, who was a member of the Young Academy, is also an inspiring teacher and an entrepreneur.

Visit the website (only Dutch) for information about the other newly elected scientists and scholars.

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