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.


Integrated Cell Biology: 2016 sessions

The 2016 sessions of the MSc Course “Integrated Cell Biology” will be held on the following days:

Nieuwe techniek om nanodeeltjes te maken

Leidse chemici hebben een nieuwe methode ontdekt om nanodeeltjes te produceren. Deze methode is radicaal verschillend van de bestaande methodes en heel geschikt voor productie in de commerciële sector. De Technologiestichting STW investeert 149.188 euro voor de bouw van het apparaat; de Demonstrator.

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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