Stan Brouns has brought in a major European research grant. In the next few years the microbiologist will receive 1.5 million euros for research on the immune systems of bacteria.
He has won what is known as a starting grant from the European funding body ERC. Brouns specializes in bacteria with an immune system. Unlike the human immune system, this ‘CRISPR-Cas’ system is hereditary. Bacteria store knowledge about their enemies in their own genetic material so that their offspring will be immune too. Now Brouns wants to find out exactly how that works. He published an article about it in PNAS last April.