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06/14/2017

Karlijn Keijzer Scriptieprijs awarded to Nick Bergkamp

At 29 June, the second Karlijn Keijzer Scriptieprijs will be presented to Nick Bergkamp, MSc student in Drug Discovery and Safety (DDS) at the Vrije Universiteit, by Jacqueline Keijzer, mother of Karlijn Keijzer.

Nick_BergmanNick Bergkamp is currently following the MSc research track Drug Discovery and Target Finding. Last year, Nick finished his BSc studies in Pharmaceutical Sciences with honours and cum laude, with excellent grades in all sub-disciplines. In June 2016 he was awarded a poster prize for the presentation of his BSc research project within the Division of Medicinal Chemistry. The aim of his research project was to characterize nanobodies that can target viral receptor proteins with a potential role in the growth of tumor cells. After successful in-house production of several nanobodies, experiments were successfully performed and optimized to elucidate their properties. Nick’s work resulted in novel insights into the capability of nanobodies to target epitopes and into functional effects on the targeted receptor protein, with possible diagnostic and therapeutical implication.

In addition to his excellent scientific performance and study results, Nick has also demonstrated his skills to transfer knowledge, by successfully following a minor in education and didactics and by bringing this in practice e.g. as a secondary-school teacher in chemistry and as a student-assistant within the VU Department of Mathematics. For these reasons, the jury feels that with Nick Bergkamp the Karlijn Keijzer Scriptieprijs is this year again awarded to an excellent and highly motivated and talented student. Nick intends to use the prize to finance a MSc research internship abroad.

Karlijn Keijzer Scriptieprijs

Karlijn KeijzerThe Karlijn Keijzer Scriptieprijs is established in memory of Karlijn Keijzer, who was aboard the fatal MH17 flight. Karlijn finished her MSc studies in DDS cum laude in 2012, with a specialization in Computational Medicinal Chemistry and Toxicology. For her PhD studies she joined the Computational Chemistry group of professor Baik at Indiana University in Bloomington, to study amongst other organometallic complexes of therapeutic interest. In September 2014 she was posthumously awarded her doctoral degree. As a PhD student Karlijn regularly visited the Vrije Universiteit. In 2014 she obtained an Aspasia grant to stay with the Biocomputational Chemistry research group in the Division of Theoretical Chemistry.

In line with Karlijn’s intellectual legacy and interests and to stimulate other talented and ambitious students in their scientific development and (international) experience, the Karlijn Keijzer Scriptieprijs is presented annually as a travel grant of EUR 1000. The award recipient will be selected by a jury based on excellence and motivation, and candidates must have successfully completed a BSc research project in the field of pharmaceutical sciences or (bio)chemistry. Supplemented by the VU Department of Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Sciences, resources for the award have been made available by the family from a donation fund for Karlijn.

Presentation

The presentation of the Karlijn Keijzer Scriptieprijs to Nick Bergkamp will take place at Thursday 29 June 2017 in the Auditorium of the O|2 research building, from 16.30-17.30 h, following the BSc Pharmaceutical Sciences poster market and competition.

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