Veni for four researchers of AS

News - 18 July 2018 - Communication TNW

NWO has announced the Veni recipients for 2018. Among them are four researchers from the faculty of Applied Sciences:  Jeremy Brown (RST), Zoltán Perkó (RST), Georgy Filonenko (ChemE) and Carlas Smith (ImPhys). The Veni grants allow researchers who have recently obtained their PhD to conduct independent research and develop their ideas for a period of three years.

The two RST grantees both work for the section <link tnw over-faculteit afdelingen radiation-science-technology medical-physics-technology>Medical Physics & Technology (MP&T). The first RST grantee is Jeremy Brown: "I am ecstatic about receiving the Veni fellowship. Late last year I came up with a new approach to simultaneous multiple radio-molecular tracer imaging and this fellowship will allow me to further develop it independently. I attribute a large part of the inspiration for this idea to the unique environment within the section Medical Physics & Technology and its close relationship with HollandPTC. It's clear to me that these types of multidisciplinary environments are key to pushing the envelope in medical imaging and cancer treatment."

The other RST grantee is Zoltán Perkó: “I feel very happy and excited to be chosen from the many talented and enthusiastic candidates for the Veni fellowship. With the help of the grant I can work on increasing the precision of radiotherapy treatments and making important steps towards the real-time adaptation of irradiations. Most importantly, due to the strong collaboration between the MP&T group and the newly built HollandPTC proton therapy center, we will have the opportunity to achieve true clinical impact, ultimately improving the lives of cancer patients.”

Dennis Schaart, head of the section MP&T, is also very enthusiastic about the Veni's: “These grants not only give an important impulse to proton research at Delft University of Technology. They also show that, as a technical university, we are able to come up with truly innovative and meaningful ideas. Even in a field such as proton therapy, in which the state-of-the-art has already seen significant development and in which the low-hanging fruit has long been picked. I congratulate Zoltán and Jeremy on their Veni grants and look forward to the results of their research!”

The third grantee, Georgy Filonenko, works at the <link tnw over-faculteit afdelingen chemical-engineering scientific-staff ise-group>Inorganic Systems Engineering (ISE) Research Group of Chemical Engineering: “For me, the Veni is a chance to move my research career to the next level and do the truly innovative and independent work’, he said. “I was happy to find myself at Applied Sciences, because it’s a good place to do a multidisciplinary project. We enjoy a mix of engineers, chemist and physicists here that, I’m sure, is going to have a very creative impact on my work. I look forward to rolling up my sleeves up and embracing the diversity that we are privileged with at Applied Sciences.”

The final grantee is Carlas Smith, who works at both 3mE and Applied Sciences (ImPhys). "The Veni grant is not easily obtained so I feel fortunate to be one of the few that have been selected from among many talented researchers. I will use the grant to develop a new microscopy technology to effectively image live-tissue samples at nanometer resolution. Delft University of Technology is a key location to perform the proposed research due to its strong collaborative environment and excellent local infrastructure - here I am surrounded by leaders in the field of microscopy development. This project will not only stimulate bio-nano research but will also bolster the long Dutch tradition in microscopy and innovations."

Read this news article for a short summary about the research plans of our Veni grantees.