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.


A chemical connection that affects your immune system

A group of chemists, that includes Sander van Kasteren and Hermen Overkleeft, has discovered that azides, a certain type of chemical compound, can determine whether or not T cells respond to or ignore a vaccine. Their discovery is set to be published in Angewandte Chemie.

Diabetes Fonds Project Grant toegekend aan Dr. Marco van Eijk

Hoe reageert de afweer op overgewicht?

Ons afweersysteem reageert slecht op vetcellen, wat de kans op diabetes type 2 vergroot. Maar ook is onze afweer misschien juist in te zetten als bescherming tegen diabetes. Onderzoekers gaan ermee aan de slag, met steun van het Diabetes Fonds.

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.

Lianne Willems wint Backerprijs 2015

Tijdens het symposium van de sectie Organische Chemie op 10 april 2015 is de winnaar van de Backerprijs bekend gemaakt. De prijs gaat dit jaar naar Lianne Willems.

Hermen Overkleeft wins the 2015 Jeremy Knowles Award

Prof. Hermen Overkleeft has been awarded the 2015 Jeremy Knowles Award of the Royal Society of Chemistry for his innovative and insightful development of activity-based protein probes for the imaging and identification of enzymes in health and disease.

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