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Chemical biology research at the Leiden Institute of Chemistry is aimed at understanding biological processes at the molecular level to strengthen the knowledge base of human health and disease. The approach to achieve this goal is a fundamental chemical one; with the aid of chemical probes biological systems are interrogated.

Twenty years from now, the world population is estimated to be around 8.3 billion people (now 7.3 billion). In combination with the improvements in living standards and the corresponding growth in consumption, this will result in an enormous increase in the demand for food, consumables, water and energy. Technological and fundamental chemical solutions to meet these demands are needed.

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Hermen Overkleeft new Scientific Director of the Leiden Institute of Chemistry

As of July 1, Professor of Bio-organic Synthesis Hermen Overkleeft will be appointed as the Scientific Director of the Leiden Institute of Chemistry (LIC). He will succeed Jaap Brouwer, who has been managing the institute for the past twelve years. Overkleeft has been appointed for a period of four years.

Marc Baggelaar graduates cum laude on body’s own marijuana

PhD candidate Marc Baggelaar of the Leiden Institute of Chemistry (LIC) graduated cum laude on Thursday 6 April. His thesis on the endocannabinoid system in the brain is very comprehensive and of high quality, according to the jury. ‘A very talented young scientist, that definitely belongs to the top five percent'.

Célia Fonseca Guerra appointed as Extraordinary Professor of Applied Theoretical Chemistry

Since February 1, 2017 Célia Fonseca Guerra is appointed as extraordinary professor at the LIC with a chair in applied theoretical chemistry. She will be a member of the Theoretical Chemistry group. Her research interests are related to bioinorganic chemistry and catalysis and her appointment at the LIC will strengthen the collaboration with the MCBIM group.

Tien jaar ERC: Sylvestre Bonnet bestrijdt kanker met licht

Sylvestre Bonnet voert zijn onderzoek naar kankerbestrijding met licht uit met een Starting Grant van de European Research Council (ERC). Dit jaar bestaat de ERC tien jaar. In die jaren hebben ongeveer 70 onderzoekers en/of onderzoeksgroepen van de Universiteit Leiden een ERC-subsidie gekregen. In aanloop naar de viering van tien jaar ERC op 23 juni lichten we een aantal van onze ERC-onderzoeksprojecten uit.

SBC group has reclaimed the CDL football cup!

The SBC group has won the annual CDL football tournament again! In a fierce battle, SBC defeated the student team from Delft and is now the proud owner of the CDL Football Cup 2017.

Congratulations and thank you CDL, for the perfect organization

Sven Askes geselecteerd voor Lindau Ontmoetingsdagen

Scheikundige Sven Askes is geselecteerd voor de Lindau Ontmoetingsdagen, waar talentvolle wetenschappers de kans krijgen dertig Nobelprijswinnaars te ontmoeten. Askes promoveerde afgelopen jaar cum laude bij het Leids Instituut voor Chemisch Onderzoek.

Marc Koper elected as member of the Royal Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW)

Marc Koper is one of the 26 new members of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) in 2017:

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