Namedr. FA de Wolf

Job details
Descriptionsenior scientist & project leader designer proteins and responsive materials
OrganizationWageningen Food & Biobased Research
Organization UnitBBP Bioconversion
Phone+31 317 481 290
Secretarial phone+31 317 481 165
Phone 2+31 317 480 084
Fax+31 317 483 011
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Visiting addressBornse Weilanden 9
Postal addressPostbus 17


2017-present:  Senior scientist & project leader designer proteins and responsive materials, at Wageningen Food & Biobased Research, BU Biobased Products. See also: possibilities for contract current possibilities for contract research

2008-2017:  Manager bioconversion, at Wageningen Food & Biobased Research, BU Biobased Products

1999-2008:  Scientist & project leader recombinant protein-based polymers, at Wageningen UR

1993-1999:  Junior scientist industrial proteins and recombinant gelatin at ATO-DLO, Wageningen.

1988-1999:  Post-doc biochemistry of membranes, at Utrecht University / Dutch Cancer Fund KWF-Kankerbestrijding.

1983-1987:  PhD photosynthetic electron transfer & energy transduction, at Free University Amsterdam

1982:  Teaching degree sixth form / high school biology

1979-1982:  MSc biology (genetics, cellular immunology, medical physics)

1978-1980:  Teaching assistant, at University of Amsterdam

1975-1978:  BSc Biology with physics, at University of Amsterdam


Expert Profile
  • 1998-2017: Co-supervision of 10 PhD, partial co-supervision of 6 other PhD
  • 2014: Mediatraining (BDRP / Bob de Ronde Partners) 1 day
  • 2013-14: Management in research organizations ‘MIOO’ (~11 days, Leeuwendaal)
  • 2013: Project acquisition skills (5 days, Schouten & Nelissen).
  • 2012: Workshop competence interviews, (2x 4h, Neth Inst Psych.)
  • 2010: Presentation and media training (3 days, communication skills), Pauline van Aken
  • 2007: P&D interviews (1 day), Wageningen UR.
  • 2006: Consultancy skills (5 days) , Strategic Development Group, Oisterwijk.
  • 2005: Coaching in research (2 days), Strategic Development Group, Oisterwijk.
  • 2005: Project management (2 days), Rijnconsult Velp & ATO, Wageningen.
  • 2000, 2002: Project acquisition (2x3 days), Kenneth Smith, the Hague.
  • 1999: Project management (2 days), Rijnconsult Velp & ATO, Wageningen.
  • 1998: General management subjects / middle management (10 days), Rijnconsult, Velp.
  • 1996: Acquisition and research contracts (1 day), ATO, Wageningen.
  • 1995: Statistics (5 days refresher course), ATO, Wageningen.
  • 1993: Radiation expertise “5B” (10 days), International Agricultural High School Larenstein, Velp.
  • 1988: Modern NMR-techniques (15 days), University of Utrecht.
  • 1981: Histologiscal, histochemical and immunochemical techniques (10 days), University of Amsterdam.
  • 1978: Electron Microscopy (10 days), University of Amsterdam
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2019 – 2022: TKI-Agrifood 18030 - PROSPEC (~1 M€). Funded by TKI & six industries(NL, UK, DE, NO). Enzymatic modification of pectin & chitosan from side streams into home / personal care and other ingredients.

2017 – 2021: EU-BBI demo project 745785 – URBIOFIN (WFBR: ~1 M€). Conversion of organic municipal solid waste (OMSW) into poly(hydroxyalkanoate) (PHA), bioethylene and fertilizers. WFBR tasks: (1) conversion of volatile fatty acids to PHA with medium chain length fatty acids, and (2) development of PHA-containing materials.

2017-2020: NWO ECHO project POLICE; PhD, with prof. I. K. Voets (Eindhoven University of Technology). Development of novel antifreeze proteins.

2012-2016: NanoNextNL project 07A.03 Self-assembling materials from biosynthetic stimulus-responsive protein polymers; PhD, with dr. R. J. de Vries (Wageningen University & Research). Development of protein polymers with heterodimer-forming blocks.

2015: Dutch Polymer Institute (DPI) project on antimicrobial peptides; PhD, with dr. R. J. de Vries (Wageningen University & Research) and prof. O. Franco (Catholic University of Brasilia).

2011-2016: ERC Advanced Grant 267254 “BioMate” (WFBR: ~0.7 M€), several PhD’s, with prof. M. A. Cohen Stuart (Wageningen University & Research). Development and characterization of stimulus-responsive block copolymer proteins self-organizing into supramolecular nanostructures.

2010-2014: NWO-Top project, several PhDs, with prof. M. A. Cohen Stuart (Wageningen University & Research). Nucleation and growth of nanofibrils from silk-inspired triblock copolymeric proteins.

2009-2013: FOM-BRM project; PhD, with prof. M. A. Cohen Stuart (Wageningen University & Research). Dual-responsive supramolecular networks from asymmetric triblock copolymeric proteins.

2005-2010: B-BASIC projects OPTICOL, EXPANDS and PROPOLY (~3 M€); among else, three PhD’s, with prof. G. Eggink (Wageningen University & Research). Development of novel stimulus-responsive, self-assembling block copolymeric proteins.

2005-2009: EU FP6 project 516961 BASE (WFBR: ~0.7 M€). Pilot scale production system for self-assembling small peptides.

2004-2012: Two POAC projects; two PhD’s, with prof. J. C. M. van Hest (Radboud University Nijmegen) & prof. H. Zuilhof (Wageningen University & Research). Elastin-inspired protein polymers.

2003-2014: DPI Projects 414 (FITAPEP), 602 (COLLASOM) and 698 (SYNPROT); three PhD’s, with prof. M. A. Cohen Stuart (Wageningen University & Research). Development of DNA-binding proteins, rheology of recombinant gelatin, development of silk-inspired nanofibril-forming proteins.

2002-2004: EET Pepticoat project (WFBR: ~0.6 M€) Development of putative antifouling proteins.

2002: Project with FibroGen (~0.3 M€) Recombinant gelatin production.

1998-2002: SEO project (~0.8 M); PhD, with prof. C. Laane (Wageningen University & Research). Recombinant collagen production.

1995-2001: Several projects (~2 M€) with FUJI Photo Film, Recombinant gelatin development.

1995: Project with Plukon (~0.7 M€). Processing of feather keratin.

1993-1997: IOP Industrial Proteins. Natural gelatin structure-function relationships.

1993-1994: project with Friesland Campina (~2M€). Caseinate applications.

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