FMS Research Center

FMS Topical Seminar on Catalytic Chemistry in Living Cells

Towards man-made catalysts that work in living cells

Thursday 17 September 2015
From 12:30h to 18:00h


The design of synthetic enzyme-mimics that can be combined with natural enzymes in complex media or, eventually, could replace enzymes in their natural environment is a challenging topic that requires an interdisciplinary approach. In this topical seminar, we show the state-of-the-art in this area. In addition, we like to bring together researchers of different backgrounds to enhance cross-pollination and exchange ideas.

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Chairs: Prof. Gerard Roelfes and Dr. Anja Palmans

12:00 Lunch (for speakers and organizers only)
12:30 Welcome and coffee/tea
13:00 Prof. Gerard Roelfes (University of Groningen, NL)
13:30 Prof. Oscar Kuipers (University of Groningen, NL)
          Developing Novel Antimicrobials by Synthetic Biology and Biosensor-based Screening
14:00 Prof. Eric Meggers (Phillips-Universität Marburg, Germany)
          Progress Towards Bioorthogonal Catalysis with Organometallics
14:40 BREAK
15:20 Prof. Thomas Ward (University of Basel, Switzerland )
          Artificial Metalloenzymes For Synthetic Biology Applications: Challenges and Opportunities
16:00 Dr. Lorenzo Albertazzi (Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia, Spain)
          Catalytic Single Chain Polymeric Nanoparticles in Action: Exploiting Their Functions in Complex Biological Media
16:30 Final discussion and remarks
17:00 Drinks and snacks
18:00 End of the seminar

All lectures include 5 min discussion.

University of Groningen
Nijenborgh 9, 
9747 AG Groningen
Bernouilliborg Building (1st floor)
Room: 5161.0105

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PhD students, postdocs, and faculty from the groups members of the FMS Research Center are welcome to attend upon prior registration. Please register before 8 September by sending and email to (including name, academic position, and university). Registration is accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, subject to availability of seats.