dr. IE (Emilie) Wientjes

dr. IE (Emilie) Wientjes

Universitair hoofddocent

I am fascinated by how plants, algae and cyanobacteria capture sun light and convert it into chemical energy to power virtually all life on Earth. In 2015 I started my research group at the Laboratory of Biophysics, were we investigate how the photosynthetic light-harvesting machinery of plants and cyanobacteria cope with various light conditions.    

Current position

  • 2015 - present      Assistant Professor Biophysics and Photosynthesis - Laboratory of Biophysics, Wageningen University, The Netherlands


Previous positions

  • 2014 - 2015         FOM Postdoctoral Fellow Biophysics and Plasmonics - hosted by the Laboratory of Biophysics, Wageningen University, The Netherlands. Advisor: Prof. Dr. Herbert van Amerongen
  • 2012 - 2014         Postdoctoral Fellow Biophysics and Plasmonics, Molecular Nanophotonics, Institute of Photonic Sciences, ICFO, Barcelona, Spain. Advisor: Prof. Dr. Niek van Hulst
  • 2011 - 2012         Postdoctoral Fellow Biophysics and Photosynthesis - Biophysics group, VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Advisor: Prof. Dr. Roberta Croce



  • 2007 - 2011         PhD (Cum Laude, top 5%) - Molecular Photobiology, University of Groningen, The Netherlands. Title: Revealing the light-harvesting properties of Photosystem I - From single antenna to supercomplex. Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Roberta Croce
  • 2002 - 2007         MSc Molecular Sciences (Cum Laude, top 5%), Wageningen University, The Netherlands


Fellowships, grants and awards

  • 2023                   NWO-M funds 1 PhD student
  • 2022                   EPS PhD fellowship for Jarne Berentsen
  • 2020                   NWO Groot as co-applicant
  • 2019                   Vidi fellowship awarded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), 5 years research fellowship 
  • 2015                   Veni fellowship awarded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), three year research fellowship
  • 2015                    Marie Sklodowska Currie Individual Fellowship awarded by the European Commission, two years research fellowship
  • 2014                    FOM/v Fellowship, upto three years research fellowship
  • 2012                    Marie Curie International Fellowship COFUND and ICFOnest program, two years research fellowship



  • 40 publications in refereed journals
  • > 2220 citations (Scopus), > 2900 (Google Scholar)
  • h-index: 25 (Scopus), 26 (Google Scholar)