Project information & Contact details

Mission

This COVID-19 pandemic crisis pushes the world into a worldwide collaboration to fight the spread of the virus. The Nanobiology program invites all who would like to join us in the fight. Our challenge is to harness our knowledge, expertise and energy to contribute to understanding and responding to this and future pandemics. The students, PhDs and staff of the involved universities are stepping forward as inter- and transdisciplinary trailblazers for the development of robust adaptive measures to fight the COVID-19 crisis and beyond.

Vision

Bringing our ideas and expertise, students and staff, research and educational processes together enables us to develop deep understanding of the current COVID-19 pandemic and design for its mitigation and future epidemics. We will follow the design adage ‘fail fast and learn fast’. A (future) mitigation strategy in which full integration of evolutionary change of the virus, epidemiological insights, mitigation strategies and according collaboration and decision behavior is key. Hence, this will lead to robust adaptive mitigation strategies which entails continuous collaborative learning.

Strategy

We have kicked this real time convergence off with six open source projects, which are open to B.Sc. students, M.Sc. students, Ph.D. candidates, postdocs. We will regularly bring the outcomes of these projects together, to learn, and share so we can build on each others work. We will share outcomes with anyone interested for immediate use or constructive comments and suggestions for improvement.

Partners of the project

Students from

  • Nanobiology Program (TU Delft & Erasmus MC); 
  • Life Science and Technology Program (Leiden University & TU Delft) Communication Design for Innovation Program (TU Delft); 
  • Applied Physics Program (TU Delft); 
  • Querido Honours College (Erasmus MC); 
  • Infection and Immunity Research Master (Erasmus MC); 
  • Complex System Engineering and Management Program (TU Delft); 
  • Medicine Program (Erasmus MC and Utrecht University); 
  • Pharmacy Program (Erasmus MC); 
  • Architecture Program (TU Delft).

Faculty from

  • Department of Radiation, Science and Technology (TU Delft); 
  • Department of Bionanocience (TU Delft); 
  • Department of Pathology (Erasmus MC); 
  • Department of Chemical Engineering (TU Delft); 
  • Department of Molecular Genetics (Erasmus MC); 
  • Department of Viroscience (Erasmus MC); 
  • Department of Radiology and Nuclear Medicine (Erasmus MC); 
  • Department of Cell Biology (Erasmus MC);
  • Department of Developmental Biology (Erasmus MC).

Project organization

Program coordinator: Julie Nonnekens 
Faculty contact: Inês Machado Chaves
Erasmus MC Querido Honors College contact: Willy Baarends 
Nanobiology and ESA contact: Johanna Colgrove
Education & cooperation: Maarten van der Sanden
Teaching assistant: Dalia Aljawaheri
Communications: Daniël Sommers