Karlijn Keijzer Scriptieprijs awarded to Edith van der Nol (AIMMS)

Edith optimized a novel method that can be used for the synthesis of drug-like compounds

01/21/2020 | 10:47 AM

On Wednesday 29 January, the fifth Karlijn Keijzer Scriptieprijs will be presented to Edith van der Nol, MSc student Chemistry at University of Amsterdam and Vrije Universiteit, by Jacqueline Keijzer, mother of Karlijn Keijzer. Edith van der Nol 2

Edith is a first-year MSc student specializing in Molecular Sciences. Last year she finished her BSc study in Pharmaceutical Sciences cum laude, after having impressed during a highly successful graduation research project in the Synthetic and Bio-Organic Chemistry group at Vrije Universiteit (VU). In the short time frame of her bachelor research project, Edith managed to independently optimize reaction conditions from a general concept to a very useful practical method. This novel method can be used for the synthesis of drug-like compounds with a broad range of possible therapeutic applications. She successfully synthesized a wide range of compounds to showcase the extensive possibilities of the method, and she communicated her results clearly and concisely during group meetings and in an excellent BSc thesis. The results of Edith's bachelor project as well as the high quality of her thesis are such that they can practically be directly copied into a research article with Edith as first author. This manuscript will soon be submitted to a leading scientific journal and this is truly an exceptional achievement in the context of a bachelor project.

Edith did not only finish her BSc studies cum laude but also with honours. In addition she has been active as teaching assistant for fellow BSc students and as a gymnastics coach. In conclusion, the jury is convinced that the Karlijn Keijzer Scriptieprijs has been awarded again to an excellent and highly motivated student.

Karlijn Keijzer Scriptieprijs
The Karlijn Keijzer Scriptieprijs is established in memory of Karlijn Keijzer, who was aboard the fatal MH17 flight. Karlijn finished her MSc studies in Drug Discovery and Safety (DDS) at the Vrije Universiteit 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 VU. In 2014 she obtained an Aspasia research grant to stay with the Biocomputational Chemistry group in the Division of Theoretical Chemistry.

karlijn-keijzerIn line with Karlijnā€™s intellectual legacy and interests and to stimulate 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; 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 and a recent donation, resources for the award have been made available by the family from a donation fund for Karlijn.

The presentation of the Karlijn Keijzer Scriptieprijs to Edith van der Nol will take place at Wednesday 29 January 2020 in the Auditorium of the VU O|2 research building, from 16.30-17.30 h, following the BSc Pharmaceutical Sciences poster market and competition.