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About Reinier

Like the other members of TheScienceBreaker, Reinier has a wide range of personal and scientific interests. Between obtaining his master’s degree in Neuroscience (University of Oxford) and starting a PhD in Molecular Biology (University of Geneva), Reinier worked for a medical publishing company in London. This experience increased his awareness of the communication gap between scientists and the broader public. Being part of TheScienceBreaker, Reinier aims to help bridge this gap by opening up the scientific processes behind new developments so that it can be discussed in a free, open and more inclusive way.

Reinier is the editor of 7 Breaks:

Enhancing cassava for better nutrition in every bite

Cassava is an important food crop in sub-Saharan Africa, but contains relatively small amounts of essential vitamins and minerals. The addition of just two genes from another plant into cassava enables it to produce and store significantly more iron and zinc, which is retained through common cooking processes. This new crop can contribute to a more balanced diet and prevent cases of hidden hunger.

Sep 17, 2019 | 3.5 min read
"Peeling back the onion": a multi-layered approach to understand the dynamics of sleep

We have taken a systems genetics look at sleep to peel back the many layers regulating sleep. Using this approach, we could connect specific DNA variations to sleep traits and track the layer-to-layer information flow. Peeling back the –omics onion of sleep is thus revealing a number of new insights that can now be followed up on.

Apr 17, 2019 | 4 min read
Marine mammals may suffer dire consequences of ancient gene loss

Genes encode proteins that perform functions in our bodies, so when we lose genes, we lose the ability to perform their associated tasks. For marine mammals, loss of one gene may leave them especially vulnerable to exposure to widely-used chemicals.

Feb 8, 2019 | 4 min read
One step closer to brain-like computing

Neuromorphic computers take inspiration from the brain to achieve enhanced efficiency. We describe the first full-scale simulation of a patch of cerebral cortex on the neuromorphic system SpiNNaker. This work provides a building block for brain-scale simulations.

Dec 10, 2018 | 3.5 min read
Seal poo unravels the microplastic journey through marine food webs

Investigating microplastic trophic transfer in marine top predators

Oct 8, 2018 | 4 min read
Jupiter’s gravity field is North-South asymmetric

One of the main goals of NASA’s Juno mission is the study of the interior of Jupiter, the largest planet in the solar system. The analysis of Juno’s data provided the best ever measurement of Jupiter’s gravity field. The North-South asymmetry of Jupiter’s gravity field, revealed for the first time, indicates that the zonal flows visible on Jupiter’s surface penetrate deep into the planet.

Jul 26, 2018 | 3.5 min read