Biography Dr. M.T.C. Walvoort

Current position: Assistant Professor (tenure-track) / Rosalind Franklin Fellow

Other position: Founding member of the Young Academy of Groningen

After obtaining her MSc degree in Chemistry at the Leiden University, Dr. Marthe Walvoort did a research internship in the glycoscience group of Prof. Ben Davis at the University of Oxford. Intrigued by the complex world of carbohydrates, she returned to Leiden University for her PhD studies with Prof. Hermen Overkleeft and Prof. Gijs van der Marel in the field of carbohydrate chemistry. Her research included the investigation of the mechanism of glycosylation of mannuronic acids, and she led the automated synthesis of β-mannuronic acid alginates and hyaluronan using a second-generation solid-phase oligosaccharide synthesizer. She obtained the PhD degree cum laude.

She joined the glycobiology lab of Prof. Barbara Imperiali at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, USA) as a postdoc associate. There she led the development of  phosphoglycosyltransferase inhibitors inspired by nucleoside antibiotics, and was involved in a collaborative effort to link a bacterial infection to biomarkers in multiple sclerosis by producing N-linked glycoproteins.

At the University of Groningen, her research focuses on the synthesis of complex oligosaccharides and glycoconjugates from human and bacterial origin using chemistry and biology.

Grants and awards

2019

Noorderheide Award for the best Diligentia lecture in 2018/2019

2018

NWO-CCC grant ‘Carbobiotics’ (main applicant, €500.000)
Gratama Wetenschapsprijs (€25.000)

2017

Interdisciplinary PhD project; Young Academy of Groningen competition for a 4-year PhD position together with Dr. Rudolf Fehrmann, University  Medical Center Groningen (€120.000)

2016

VENI fellowship, Dutch Science Organization NWO (personal grant, €250.000)
Proposal title: “Exploring and exploiting a novel bacterial protein glycosylation reaction”
Nominated for ‘New Scientist Wetenschapstalent

2015

Rosalind Franklin fellowship, six years tenure-track position, University of Groningen

2012

Cum Laude qualification of PhD thesis.
Backer Award for Best Thesis in Organic Chemistry in the Netherlands (€2.500)
C. J. Kok Award ‘Discoverer of the Year 2012’, Leiden University (€2.500)

2009

Poster Award, 15th European Carbohydrate Symposium, Vienna (€250)

2009

Travel grant to Vienna awarded by the Royal Dutch Chemistry organization (KNCV)

2006

Grants from the KNCV, Leiden University Fund, Science Faculty Fund, Curatorenfonds, and Outbound Study Grant to support my internship at the University of Oxford