Our focus

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.


Nieuwe meetmethode versnelt geneesmiddelenonderzoek

Leidse chemisch biologen, onder leiding van dr. Mario van der Stelt, hebben een methode ontwikkeld om de zoektocht naar nieuwe geneesmiddelen te versnellen. Met deze methode is het hen al gelukt om een belangrijke eerste stap te zetten in de ontwikkeling van een medicijn tegen obesitas.

Welcome programme CSC PhD students September 2015

Every year in September, The Leiden Institute of Chemistry  welcomes several Chinese PhD students who have been granted a scholarship from the China Scholarship Council (CSC). To make sure the new students feel welcome and to help them to get accustomed to their new working environment and living in the Netherlands, we have set up a 3 week introduction program, starting on September 14th.

Enzyme dynamics studied with paramagnetic NMR

Researchers of the Protein Chemistry group published a study that appeared on-line yesterday (June 30) in PNAS on the dynamics of an important redox enzyme.

Former Protchem PhD student Yoshitaka Hiruma in Science

Yoshitaka Hiruma, who received a PhD from UL in 2014 after doing his research in the Protein Chemistry group, now works as a post-doc for Geert Kops (UMC) and Anastassis Perrakis (NKI) and is first author on a study on spindle check-point signalling published in Science today. Protchem contributed by collaborating on the NMR experiments reported in this article. 

Marc Koper appointed Fellow of the International Society of Electrochemistry

Marc Koper has been selected as one of the six new fellows in 2015 of the International Society of Electrochemistry. ISE fellows are appointed in recognition of their scientific or technical contributions to the field of electrochemistry.

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