Prof. Paul Lasko
Radboud Excellence Initiative
The Radboud Excellence Initiative is a joint enterprise of Radboud University and Radboud University Medical Center (Radboudumc).
The Initiative serves the dual purpose of bringing the most exceptional talents from every academic field to Radboud while strengthening international bonds between universities worldwide.
First double neutron star merger, prof. Cole Miller
Gamma-ray burst, dr. Ashley Chrimes
Collision of two black holes, prof. Cole Miller
Benefitting from informal, friendly interactivity
Prof. Cole Miller spent his Radboud Excellence professorship at IMAPP:
"A standout aspect of the Astrophysics department was its friendly interactivity. I was able to have peer-level conversations with everyone, from graduate students to professors. This facilitated my own education and, I hope, the learning process of others. I would certainly return if possible!"
Using fruit flies as a model for human genetic diseases
During his Radboud Excellence professorship, biologist prof. Paul Lasko is working together with Radboudumc's department of Human Genetics and the University of Maastricht.
Despite Covid-19 delays, these collaborations resulted in the publication of seven papers in different journals. Also, his collaboration with dr. Annette Schenck resulted in the discovery of a link between the human gene FKBP6 and male infertility.
Following your mentor
Dr. Ashley Chrimes, here depicted at the GOTO telescope on La Palma in the Canary Islands, started his Radboud Excellence fellowship in July 2020, shortly after obtaining his PhD.
He had worked with dr. Andrew Levan previously in the UK, and his Radboud Excellence fellowship enabled him to follow Levan to Nijmegen. Ashley is looking forward to further his promising career in collaboration with Levan and Radboud's Astrophysics department. He will be continuing his work, on a wider variety of astrophysical transients going forwards.
“The Excellence Initiative has brought me the freedom to do my own research”
Microbiologist Sebastian Lücker: "Now that I’ve got a Vidi grant, I can apply for my own excellence fellow. I will gladly do that, because it’s a great opportunity to get good researchers coming in. It’s easier to give young talents a chance.” More