Roelfes Group
Welcome

Welcome to the website of the Roelfes group! We are a highly interdisciplinary research group that is active in the field of biomolecular chemistry, which is at the interface between organic, bio-inorganic and biochemistry. There are 2 main research themes in the group: bio-inspired catalysis and chemical biology.

In the bio-inspired catalysis group we use nature as a source of inspiration to develop new concepts in catalyis, with a particular focus on sustainable catalysis in water. Important research topics are DNA-based asymmetric catalysis, artificial metalloenzymes and catalysis in water.

In our chemical biology research we aim to develop novel tools for the study and manipulation of biological systems. The main research topics here are artificial allosteric biosystems and novel probes for the study of reactive oxygen species in living cells (in collaboration with the group of M.G. Rots at the university medical center)

Please visit the "Research" section for more details on currently ongoing projects.




PhD position available: within our artificial metalloenzymes project there is an opening for a PhD student. We are looking for someone with a background in biochemistry or biotechnology and an interest in interdisciplinary research. Apply by sending your CV and motivation letter to Gerard Roelfes

News

May 2015
Gerard Roelfes is promoted to Full Professor


April 2015
Lara Villarino has been awarded a prize from the region of Galicia (Premios Provinciais a Investigacion 2014) for her thesis. Congratulations Lara!


February 2015
Jens successfully defended his thesis and was awarded his PhD


December 2014
Gerard Roelfes has been nominated for chemistry teacher of the year


November 2014
Our latest paper on artificial metalloenzymes is highlighted in "Chemistry World": http://www.rsc.org/chemistryworld/2014/11/metalloenzyme-friedel-crafts-unnatural-amino-acids and "Nature Chemistry": http://www.nature.com/nchem/journal/v6/n12/full/nchem.2127.html


20 June 2014
Jeffrey Bos succssfully defends his thesis and is now Dr. Bos


April 2014
Qian Li and Monique van der Wijst are featured in the "spotlight on our authors" section of ACS Chemical Biology. See: http://pubs.acs.org/doi/pdf/10.1021/cb5002262


January 2014
Ana Rioz is awarded the "Premios Extraordinarios de Doctorado 2011/2012" which is given for PhD theses in science for the academic year 2011-2012 at the University of Oviedo (Spain). Congratulations Ana!


27 January 2014
Gerard Roelfes is awarded a prestigious "vici" grant by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). See for more information: http://www.nwo.nl/en/news-and-events/news/2014/vici-grant-awarded-to-31-leading-scientists.html


6 December 2013
Lorina successfully defends her thesis. Congratulations Dr. Gjonaj!


June 2013
Manuela Bersellini wins the poster prize at the Aachen-Groningen Organic Chemistry Symposium (AGOCS 2013).


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