M. (Maurice) Steenhuis


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Maurice Steenhuis MSc. graduated cum laude as a Bachelor in Biomedical Sciences at the VU University in 2013, with a specialisation in Molecular Cell Biology. Maurice then started with the Master Biomolecular Sciences, where he became more and more fascinated by the complexity of infection biology and the eminent need for the development of new antibiotics. Therefore, Maurice performed his first Master internship in the Molecular Microbiology research group at the VU University, under supervision of Dr. Wouter Jong and Dr. Joen Luirink. He developed a fluorescence-based reporter assay to screen for compounds that inhibit autotransporter biogenesis, with the ultimate aim to develop new antibiotics. For his second Master internship he studied the trafficking of Mycobacteria in murine macrophages, at the Biozentrum in Basel (Switzerland), under supervision of Prof. Dr. Jean Pieters. In 2015 Maurice graduated cum lade as a Master in Biomolecular Sciences.

During his master Maurice was awarded with one of the AIMMS STAR grants in the field of antimicrobials. With this grant Maurice started in October 2015 with a PhD research in the Molecular Microbiology research group at the VU University. His research focusses on finding new antibiotics targeting bacterial virulence factors. 


AIMMS NWO STAR grant antimicrobial research

In May 2015 I won the personal NWO AIMMS STAR (scientific top training in antimicrobial research) grant, consisting of one application round, proposal writing, rebuttal letter, and one final interview with a 20 minutes oral presentation and 10 minutes discussion. With this grant I will start in October 2015 a PhD-research of 4 years.  

Prizes and Awards

  • 2014: Poster prize AIMMS annual meeting
  • 2015: Unilever research prize
  • 2017: Poster prize KNVM conference


Workshops and courses

  • How to write a grant proposal
  • Scientific integrity
  • AIMMS antimicrobial and resistance
  • Masterclass presenting
  • Masterclass PowerPoint presentations
  • Team dynamics
  • How to become a professor
  • Leadership
  • From bench to market
  • Time management
  • From academia to industry
  • Patents
  • Job application
  • Negiotating in Science
  • Relaxation and meditation
  • Thinking about your career
  • Scientific writing in English

Company visit to CD3 in Leuven, Belgium

Organizing AIMMS antimicrobial course 2016

Member board Forum for Young Scientists 



Conference visits

  • 2015: Basel life science week
  • 2016: Secretion platform Groningen (oral presentation)
  • 2016: KNVM spring meeting (poster presentation)
  • 2016: AIMMS annual meeting
  • 2017: Bacterial cell-envelope Brussel (oral presentation)
  • 2017: Secretion platform Amsterdam
  • 2017: AIMMS annual meeting (oral presentation)
  • 2017: KNVM spring meeting (poster presentation)
  • 2018: AIMMS annual meeting (poster presentation)
  • 2018: Secretion platform (oral presentation)
  • 2018: Leuven protein secretion (oral presentation)
  • 2019: KNVM spring meeting (oral presentation)

Ancillary activities

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Ancillary activities

Boardmember Forum for Young Scientists


Education/Academic qualification

Biomolecular Sciences, Master, VU Faculties


Biomedical sciences, Bachelor, VU Faculties



  • Q Science
  • Autotransporters
  • Type-5 secretion
  • Stress responses
  • R Medicine
  • Antibiotics
  • Screening

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Research Output 2019 2019

Inhibition of autotransporter biogenesis by small molecules

Steenhuis, M., Abdallah, A. M., de Munnik, S. M., Kuhne, S., Sterk, G. J., van den Berg van Saparoea, B., Westerhausen, S., Wagner, S., van der Wel, N. N., Wijtmans, M., van Ulsen, P., Jong, W. S. P. & Luirink, J., Jul 2019, In : Molecular Microbiology. 112, 1, p. 81-98 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Membrane Proteins
Virulence Factors
Peptide Hydrolases


AIMMS poster prize

M. (Maurice) Steenhuis (Recipient), Apr 2014


Systems Analysis
Internship and Residency


M. (Maurice) Steenhuis (Recipient), 2015


Poster prize

M. (Maurice) Steenhuis (Recipient), Apr 2017


Unilever research prize

M. (Maurice) Steenhuis (Recipient), 2015