NWO awards Veni grant to Ivana Drienovska (AIMMS)

Drienovska received the grant for her research into unnatural amino acids

11/09/2020 | 11:51 AM

Scientist Ivana Drienovska has been awarded a Veni grant worth up to 250,000 euros. With this grant from The Dutch Research Council (NWO) Drienovska can further elaborate her own research ideas during a period of three years at the departement Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Sciences of the VU Amsterdam.

Expanding the enzyme universe: a closer look at unnatural amino acids
Genetically encoded unnatural amino acids represent a promising strategy toward designer catalysts, however still very few examples exist. Ivana Drienovska aims to investigate a set of unnatural amino acids with high catalytic potential. If successful, it would allow a generation of enzymes for new-to-nature catalysis in a sustainable fashion.