Latest News

20 April 2018

Researchers build DNA replication in a model synthetic cell

Researchers at Delft University of Technology, in collaboration with colleagues at the Autonomous University of Madrid, have created an artificial DNA blueprint for the replication of DNA in a cell-like structure.

22 February 2018

Loops, loops, and more loops: This is how your DNA gets organised

Researchers from the Kavli Institute of Delft University and EMBL Heidelberg now managed for the first time to isolate and film and witnessed—in real time—how a single protein complex called condensin reels in DNA to extrude a loop.

07 February 2018

Mathematics explains why Crispr-Cas9 sometimes cuts the wrong DNA

The discovery of the Cas9 protein has been of great value to medical science. It has simplified gene editing tremendously, and may even make it possible to eliminate many hereditary diseases in the near future. Using Cas9, researchers have the ability to cut DNA in a cell to correct mutated genes, or paste new pieces of genetic material into the newly opened spot. Initially, the Crispr-Cas9 system seemed to be extremely accurate. But unfortunately, it is now apparent that Cas9 sometimes also cuts other DNA sequences similar to the exact sequences it was programmed to target. Scientists at Delft University of Technology have developed a mathematical model that explains why Cas9 cuts some DNA sequences while leaving others alone.

01 February 2018

Clive Brown of Oxford Nanopore at Bioengineering Institute kickoff

On Tuesday 27 March, TU Delft will launch the Delft Bioengineering Institute. Main speaker is Clive Brown, Chief Technology Officer at DNA sequencing specialist Oxford Nanopore Technologies.

07 December 2017

Three postdocs for Applied Sciences in ‘LEaDing Fellows’ programme

Thanks to the European Unions ‘LEaDing Fellows Postdocs Programme’, the Faculty of Applied Sciences has the honour to welcome three new postdocs: Aurora Dols Perez from Spain, Dowon Bae from South Korea and Andrea Gutierrez from Colombia.

14 November 2017

Student team from TU Delft wins international Synthetic Biology competition

Students from TU Delft have won the International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) competition in Boston. Earlier this week, the team presented their idea for a quick, on-site method to demonstrate antibiotic resistance in bacteria in dairy cattle. The test would allow a farmer to adjust the treatment if resistant bacteria is detected, and reduce the unnecessary usage of antibiotics.

26 October 2017

Identifying the mechanism for a new class of antiviral drugs could hasten their approval

New research shows that a new class of antiviral drugs works by causing the virus' replication machinery to pause and backtrack, preventing the virus from efficiently replicating.

11 September 2017

Cees Dekker receives 2017 Nanosmat Prize

On 11 September, prof. dr. Cees Dekker visited Paris to receive the Nanosmat Prize 2017.

07 September 2017

Discovery of chromosome motor supports DNA loop extrusion

It is one of the great mysteries in biology: how does a cell neatly distribute its replicated DNA between two daughter cells?

31 August 2017

ERC Starting Grants for Four TU Delft researchers

The European Research Council has awarded four ERC Starting Grants to TU Delft researchers.