Jacqueline van Muijlwijk appointed as professor Innovations in Human Health & Life Sciences

As of 1 September 2017, Jacqueline E. van Muijlwijk-Koezen has been appointed professor of Innovations in Human Health & Life Sciences.

07/13/2017 | 11:54 AM

This new Chair, embedded in the department of Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Sciences, has a designated teaching profile and aims to apply the theory of science education within the context of human health and life sciences. The chair is part of a VU-wide program to reinforce quality of education by stimulating career tracks that combine research with a strong educational profile.

Van Mui­jl­wijk-Koezen‘s re­search fo­cuses on in­no­va­tions and di­dac­tics in sci­ence ed­u­ca­tion, with a spe­cial em­pha­sis on phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal sci­ences and drug dis­cov­ery re­search as em­bed­ded within the Am­s­ter­dam In­sti­tute for Mol­e­cules, Med­i­cines and Sys­tems. In order to find op­ti­mal learn­ing meth­ods, Jacque­line van Mui­jl­wijk will con­tinue her re­search on new teach­ing con­cepts and in­no­v­a­tive learn­ing ap­proaches. The stud­ies do not only lead to new in­sights and stim­u­late dis­cus­sions but can also be im­ple­mented in the var­i­ous study pro­grammes of the fac­ulty. For ex­am­ple, the study pro­gramme Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal Sci­ences al­ready im­ple­mented sev­eral ed­u­ca­tional in­no­va­tions and stu­dents ben­e­fit from the in­te­gra­tion of the­ory and prac­tice. By fo­cus­ing on the highly in­no­v­a­tive field of drug dis­cov­ery, with many fas­ci­nat­ing as­pects and as many unan­swered ques­tions, prof. Mui­jl­wijk-Koezen is able to stim­u­late the en­thu­si­asm and cu­rios­ity of sci­ence stu­dents

Jacque­line van Mui­jl­wijk-Koezen, to­gether with Maikel Wi­jt­mans and Al­bert Koois­tra (Med­i­c­i­nal Chem­istry) re­cently re­ceived the FEW Ed­u­ca­tion In­no­va­tion Prize 2017 for their pro­ject ‘Bio­mol­e­cules in vir­tual re­al­ity on the smart­phone’. Stu­dents ex­plore the three-di­men­sional struc­ture of com­plex mol­e­cules that are being stud­ied in the re­search group to bet­ter un­der­stand drug – re­cep­tor in­ter­ac­tions.

Jacque­line E. van Mui­jl­wijk-Koezen 
Jacque­line van Mui­jl­wijk ob­tained a PhD in med­i­c­i­nal chem­istry at Vrije Uni­ver­siteit Am­s­ter­dam (VU Am­s­ter­dam) and has been work­ing as a teacher at high school and as a lec­turer at the HU Uni­ver­sity of Ap­plied Sci­ences in sci­ence teacher train­ing there­after. She re­turned to the VU Am­s­ter­dam in 2003. As a mem­ber of the di­vi­sion of Med­i­c­i­nal Chem­istry she was, among other things, in­volved in in­tro­duc­ing new ICT tools in ed­u­ca­tion. She par­tic­i­pated in the team that de­vel­oped the ITS Acad­emy (an ini­tia­tive of VU Am­s­ter­dam, UvA, In­Hol­land and HvA to fos­ter con­nec­tions with sec­ondary schools), and she has been man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of AIMMS. At the mo­ment, she is pro­gramme di­rec­tor of the bach­e­lor’s pro­gramme Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal Sci­ences and mas­ter’s pro­gramme Drug Dis­cov­ery & Safety and mem­ber of the de­part­ment’s Man­age­ment Team with port­fo­lio ed­u­ca­tion. She plays a key role in the ed­u­ca­tional pro­gramme of sev­eral in­ter­na­tional Marie Curie In­no­v­a­tive train­ing net­works (ITN) in the field of drug re­search and has col­lab­o­ra­tions with col­leagues from Learn!Acad­emy. She teaches in bach­e­lor’s and mas­ter’s pro­grammes and su­per­vises PhD stu­dents in drug de­sign and syn­the­sis, Sci­ence, Busi­ness & In­no­va­tion and PhD stu­dents and post­docs in ed­u­ca­tional re­search.