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About us

The Jan IngenHousz Institute investigates how plants can use sunlight more efficiently and wants to ensure that engineers, data scientists, biochemists, biophysicists, geneticists and plant breeders communicate and cooperate with each other. At the same time, the Jan IngenHousz Institute aims to be a place where new scientific careers can blossom. Over the next few years, more than 30 PhD students and 60 postdocs will work on the research programme.

The establishment of the new institute involves an investment of €62 million over 10 years. The Philanthropic Fund  is making a contributing of 50 million. WUR is contributing 12 million euros, which is largely consisting of the deployment of staff and laboratories at a reduced rate.

Prof. David M. Kramer
Founder & Scientific Director
Dr. Tom Theeuwen
Research Fellow
Dr. Thekla von Bismarck
Research Fellow
Hanneke Hermans
Project developer
Dr. Alexander Laarman
Operations Manager
Dr. Sjoerd Boersma
Researcher Data Science
Msc. Djailey Gruijters
Research Assistant
Dr. Elias Kaiser
Research Associate
Dr. Atsuko Kanazawa
Research Associate

Our team

Be part of our research team

Are you a passionate researcher and concerned with photosynthesis? Are you a researcher at a university or research institution and see opportunities for collaboration? Or is a position at the Jan IngenHousz Institute something for you? Get in touch! 

In the near future, you can also participate in research through our open scientific platform that is accessible to a community of hundreds of research groups around the world. The platform enables this broad community to measure photosynthesis in new ways in many crops.

About Jan IngenHousz

The Jan IngenHousz Institute takes its name from Breda's IngenHousz, an 18th-century Dutch physician and chemist. He studied medicine at the University of Leuven and moved to England soon after graduating.

With his idea of using inoculation against smallpox not individually but in groups, he became the founder of the vaccination campaign. He vaccinated George III's court, but also the village of Hertfordshire. As a mark of gratitude, he became the king's personal physician. He later travelled to Vienna to vaccinate the family of the Austrian Empress Maria Theresa and subsequently served as court physician.

 

IngenHousz had plenty of time to do research and built on the experiments of Joseph Priestley whose famous experiments under glass jars led him to discover that plants use light energy to grow. IngenHousz discovered that this ability is located in the chloroplasts in plants. He also discovered that plants do not purify air, as was assumed until then, but produce pure air (oxygen) themselves.

 

Collaboration was a high priority for IngenHousz. He is remembered today as an open and critical global citizen, a social man with an international outlook. These are the values on which the Jan IngenHousz Institute aims to build further.

Menno Witteveen
Sjoukje Heimovaara
Martin Kropff (Chair)
Ernst van den Ende
Egbert van der Pol

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Scientific advisory board

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