Our focus

Twenty years from now, the world population is estimated to be around 8.3 billion people (now 7.2 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.

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.


Vici grant awarded to Alexander Kros

For his research proposal "Understanding membrane fusion at the molecular level using a biomimetic model system" Alexander Kros has been awarded a Vici grant as part of NWO's Innovation Research Incentives scheme.

ERC Starting Grant voor chemicus Sander van Kasteren

Kunnen suikerpatronen op cellen het immuunsysteem activeren om kanker te bestrijden? Sander van Kasteren gebruikt de beurs van de European Research Council (ERC) om te ontdekken of dit mogelijk is.

Remus Dame joins Protein Chemistry group

Dr Remus Dame and his coworkers have joined Protein Chemistry, expanding our research in protein - DNA interactions. Dr Dame uses in vitro and in cell techniques to study how proteins influence the physical and functional properties of DNA.

The website will be updated soon to accommodate the new research lines of Dr Dame and Dr van Ingen (see news item December 2, 2014).

CASC and MCBIM on biomass conversion in Leiden University Weekly

Lies Bouwman (MCBIM) and Marc Koper (CASC) were interviewed by “Mare” about their recent work funded by Catchbio and published in ChemSusChem: http://www.mareonline.nl/archive/2014/12/03/voor-als-de-olie-op-is

Dated shells from the Dubois’ Java Man site suggest that Homo Erectus in Java is 1 million years younger than previously thought

Professor Jan Wijbrans holds an appointment as Leiden University Fund sponsored extraordinary professor of Geology in the Science Faculty, and his basis in the faculty is the SSNMR group of the LIC, where he collaborates with professor Huub de Groot on the time scales of early life in very old sedimentary rocks. 

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