Postdoctoral researcher Hendrik Sikkema in the research group of Eric Geertsma at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics (MPI-CBG) received a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action (MSCA) Postdoctoral Fellowship. He receives the fellowship for his project: “Deconstructing the role of transcellular ion transport in organ formation and function.” The MSCA fellowship is part of Horizon Europe, the European Union’s flagship funding program for research and innovation. The European Commission awarded 257 million euros to 1,235 post-doctoral researchers to work at top universities, research centers, private and public organizations, and small and medium-sized enterprises. The European Research Executive Agency received 7,044 applications for this call, of which 17.5% were selected for funding.
Hendrik explains: “I will explore the role of transport proteins in epithelial chloride fluxes that are relevant for the development and function of the pancreas. My goal is to gain quantitative insights into transcellular chloride transport within the native cellular environment. In the spirit of MPI-CBG, this is a highly interdisciplinary project that relies on strong interactions with, amongst others, the MPI-CBG research groups of Anne Grapin-Botton and Christoph Zechner and highly benefits from our extensive facility structure at the institute.”
MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships enhance the creative and innovative potential of researchers holding a PhD and wishing to acquire new skills through advanced training and international, interdisciplinary, and inter-sectoral mobility. The funding supports researchers ready to pursue frontier research and innovation projects in Europe and worldwide, including in the non-academic sector.
Press Release of the European Commission: https://marie-sklodowska-curie-actions.ec.europa.eu/news/marie-sklodowska-curie-actions-award-eu257-million-to-postdoctoral-fellows-in-2022