Vinod Subramaniam

-Short Biography

Vinod Subramaniam is Rector Magnificus of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam since September 1, 2015. Prior to this position, he was director of the FOM Institute AMOLF in Amsterdam, one of the research laboratories of the Foundation for Fundamental Research on Matter (FOM), part of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO).

From 2004 until September 2013, Vinod was chair of the Nanobiophysics group at the University of Twente. He continues to be associated with the University of Twente as an extraordinary professor. From May 2012 to September 2013, he was also the Scientific Director of the MIRA Institute for Biomedical Technology and Technical Medicine at the University of Twente. He has, or has had, adjunct appointments at the Faculty of Medical Sciences of the Radboud University in Nijmegen, at the Zukunftskolleg at the University of Konstanz, Germany, at the School of Natural Sciences of the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research in Mumbai, India, and the Jawaharlal Nehru Center for Advanced Scientific Research in Bangalore, India.

Vinod was trained in Electrical Engineering and Applied Physics (Cornell University, Ithaca, New York and the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan). After receiving his PhD in 1996, he moved to the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in Göttingen, Germany as a postdoctoral fellow in the group of Dr. Thomas M. Jovin. He was awarded an Alexander von Humboldt fellowship and a Human Frontiers Science Program long-term fellowship. He stayed at the Max Planck Institute until 2002 as a staff scientist and group leader. In 2002 he joined the Advanced Science and Technology Laboratory of AstraZeneca in Loughborough, UK as a senior research scientist. In 2004 he was appointed professor and chair of Biophysical Engineering at the University of Twente. His work has been recognized by the Fluorescence Young Investigator Award of the Biophysical Society.

Vinod has chaired the FOM workgroup on Physics of Life Processes and was the founding chair of the “Platform Universitaire Natuurkunde”.

-Contact Information -

At Twente:

Vinod Subramaniam


University of Twente

MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology

MIRA Institute for Biomedical Technology

Zuidhorst ZH154

Drienerlolaan 5

7522 NB  Enschede

The Netherlands

P.O. Box 217

7500 AE Enschede

The Netherlands

P: +31-(0)53-489-4597

F: +31-(0)53-489-1105

In Amsterdam:


Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

De Boelelaan 1105

1081 HV Amsterdam

The Netherlands

P: +31-(0)20 59 85318 (assistant)




His research interests include understanding the nano- and meso-scale details of protein conformational dynamics, and in particular, the biophysics of protein misfolding and amyloid formation using a broad range of microscopy and spectroscopy techniques.