Prof. dr. Haico van Attikum, who is the chairman of the NVRB, receives the VICI grant form NWO, worth €1,5 million. His research will focus on DNA replication – the essential step of cell division. As DNA replication can be hampered by DNA damage, Prof. van Attikum’s group will investigate how replication is regulated in the presence of DNA damage and determine the role of chromatin – DNA packaging material – in this crucial process.