SPOILERS2013 Scientific Committee > Remco KORT (TNO)
Dr Remco Kort, appointed as extraordinary professor Microbial Genomics at VU University, accepted his position with the delivery of his inaugural lecture, titled: “The impact of the invisible life.”
The chair in Microbial Genomics focuses on the information that is contained in the entire genome of microorganisms, and its expression in intermediate -transcriptome, proteome, metabolome and functional forms. The Chair focuses on the application of Microbial Genomics to obtain insight in microbial population dynamics and microbial physiology in food-related environments. One of the identified challenges is the variability of genome expression between individual cells in an isogenic population of cells. This may account for considerable functional variability between individual cells. This variability is extremely important in food safety, as the ability of a single cell to survive adverse conditions can cause unexpected food spoilage. A particular important result of variable gene expression is the transformation of some microorganisms within a population into spores allowing survival under extreme conditions.
Remco Kort (1970) is one of the project leaders for the research theme Food Safety and Preservation at TI Food and Nutrition. He holds a position as a senior scientist at TNO - Earth, Environmental and Life Sciences, The Department of Microbiology and Systems Biology, Zeist. Remco Kort is also a scientific advisor for the microZOO for the ARTIS Zoo in Amsterdam, co-founder of the Yoba for Life Foundation and from December 2010, holder of the chair in Microbial Genomics at VU University, Amsterdam.
He was awarded Excellent Researcher of the Year 2008 at TNO, The Netherlands.
He holds a Master’s degree in Molecular Sciences (WUR) and a PhD in Molecular Microbioloy (UvA) and carried out postdoctoral research in France (ESRF) and Japan (NAIST).