NEWS, NEWS, NEWS

April 21, 2022: ENW-XS grant funded!

Our proposal 'Making bacteria love pesitcides' was funded in the Open Competition Domain Science-XS programme of the NWO_Science! XS grants support curiosity-driven and bold research involving a relatively quick analysis of a promising idea. With the 50 k we will take the first step towards engineering designer microbes for organophosphate removal! Find out more here

April 11th, 2022: Welcome Siem!

Siem Pauwe will spend the next three months in our lab working on his Bachelor thesis! Good luck to him!

March 1st, 2022: Welcome Suzanne!

Suzanne Jansen has joined our growing group as PhD student! We wish her all the best in the next 4 years!

February 16th, 2022: New manuscript published in JACS!

Titia latest work is now out in the Journal of the American Chemical Society! In this full paper, she showcases an efficient head-to-side-chain cyclization strategy that allows for the selection of natural-product-like macrocyclic peptides by phage display! Go an check it out!

January 24th, 2022: ENW-M1 grant funded!

An awesome start into 2022! Our proposal 'Making bacteria love plastics' was funded (350k Euros) in the Open Competition Domain Science-M programme of the NWO_Science! M-grants are intended for innovative, high-quality, fundamental research and/or studies involving matters of scientific urgency. Find out more here

November 22nd, 2021 Clemens presents at the FMS workshop!

Clemens discusses how to process catalytic information with bacteria. It was a great opportunity to meet the people invovled in the Research Center for Functional Molecular Systems in the Netherlands!

September 2nd, 2021 Clemens presents at NextGenChem!

Clemens discusses the various ways our group harnesses biological selections to tailor the function of biomolecules at NextGenChem in Eindhoven. After more than a year of online meetings, an in-person conference was an amazing experience!

Augst 19th, 2021: Titia wins the Best Virtual Poster Award at the Peptide Therapeutics Forum 2021

The second prize in less than a month! Titia received the Best Virtual Poster Award at the Peptide Therapeutics Forum 2021 for her contribution: Better drugs by evolution! Congratulations & well done!

July 22nd, 2021: Rudy receives the Best Poster Pitch Prize at Biotrans 2021

Rudy won the Poster Pitch Prize at Biotrans 2021 for his contribution entitled: Phenotypic Selections for Biocatalyst Design and Evolution! Well done! So proud!!

April 29th, 2021: Clemens presents at the JBIC Symposium!

Clemens discusses Rudy's latest work on using bacterial growth as a readout for catalytic activity at the JBIC Symposium on artificial metallocatalysis towards in vivo applications! It was a great pleasure discussing the different ways of making E. coli dependent on the presence of non-canonical amino acids!

April 12th, 2021: Welcome Ivar

Ivar Jansen will spend the next three months in our lab working on his Bachelor thesis! Good luck to him!

April 7th, 2021: New manuscript published

The fruits of our collaboration with Prof. Dick Janssen on the catalytic and structural properties of ATP-dependent caprolactamases from Pseudomonas jessenii have been published in Proteins: Structure, Function, and Bioinformatics ! Go an check it out!

April 1st, 2021: Clemens selected to join the Early Career Advisory Board of ChemBioChem

Clemens is excited to join the Early Career Advisory Board of ChemBioChem and is looking forward to to work with such a fantastic group of young PIs. Also thanks to Ruben Ragg for this amazing initiative!

March 4th, 2021: Clemens presents at the 15th German Peptide Symposium!

Clemens discusses Titia's latest effort to select macrocyclic peptides featuring asymmetric molecular scaffolds as cyclization units at the 15th German Peptide Symposium! Thanks for the invitation, it was a fantastic experience!

February 16th, 2021: New preprint published

Titia's latest work on an efficient 2-step strategy for accessing cyclic peptides featuring asymmetric cyclization units on bacteriophages is now available on ChemRxiv! go an check it out!

December 10th, 2020: Clemens presents at the Educational Outreach Week at the Unviersity of Gronigen!

Clemens talks about his experiences with online teaching at the Educational Outreach Week (https://eo4stem.nl) at the University of Groningen and discusses how to recreate chalk-talks in an online learning environment!

December 9th, 2020: Titia presents at CHAINS 2020!

In the Medicinal Chemistry Parallel Session, Titia discussed her spectacular results on a phage-compatible strategy to access macrocyclic peptides featuring asymmetric molecular scaffolds as cyclization units!

November 26th, 2020: Rudy presents at the Biocatalysis Open Day

Rudy presenting his exciting result of identifying and applying biocompatible transition-metal catalysts at the Biocatalysis Open Day 2020 (organized by the European Federation for Biotechnology)!

November 23rd, 2020: New manuscript published

Rudy's latest manuscript is now out in ACS Chemical Biology ! He shows how bacterial growth can be confined by biocompatible transition-metal catalysts and discusses potential applications of this new synthetic biocontainment strategy. Go check it out!

September 1, 2020: Welcome Houdijn

Houdijn Beekjhuis is joining our group as a Master student! We wish him all the best for his research project!

August 3rd 2020: Welcome Anthony

Annthony Kromodimedjo will spend the next three months in our lab working on his Bachelor thesis! Good luck to him!

July 1st, 2020: New review published

Our latest review on the utility of genetic code expansion strategies for vaccince development has just been published in ChemBioChem ! Go check it out!

June 26, 2020: New manuscript published

Our latest collaboration with the Otto Lab pinpoints mechanisms through which self-replicators can acquire catalytic and, in extension, metabolic properties! Nature Catalysis ! Go check it out!

March 9, 2020: New manuscript published

Our paper describing the affinity-selection of bicyclic peptide G-quadruplex ligands that mimic a protein-like binding mechanism is published in JACS ! Go check it out!

November 15, 2019: New review published

Our review on the importance of catalytic promiscuity for enzyme design and evolution is now online in Nature Reviews Chemistry ! Go check it out!

October 24, 2019: New manuscript published

Congratulations Rudy & Ilya! Our FIRST research article from our group is now available in Chemistry - A European Journal ! It describes a 96-well screen to identify and tailor biocompatible transition-metal catalysts!

October 22, 2019: New manuscript available on ChemRxiv

Our manuscript with the Otto Group describing the emergence of catalysis & catalytic promiscuity in a self-replicating system is now available on ChemRxiv

September 1, 2019: Welcome Titia

Titia Rixt Oppewal is joining our growing group as PhD student! We wish her all the best in the next 4 years!

August 28th, 2019: Clemens presents at the 28th Symposium on Biorganic Chemistry

Clemens gave a presentation on identifying biocompatible catalysts using E. coli as a convenient during the 28th Symposium on Bioorganic Chemistry in Duisburg-Essen.

April 1, 2019: The group is growing...

Ilya Ivanov joins the mayerlab as a Master student. We wish him a great start and a successful research stay!

February 1, 2019: Welcome Rudy

A warm welcome to our first PhD student Rudy Rubini. We wish him all the best for his research over the next 4 years!

January 8, 2019: New manuscript in ChemBiochem

Our latest Concept article on emerging trends for the incorporation of non-canonical amino acids into peptides and proteins in vivo is now online in ChemBioChem

December 27, 2018: New manuscript in Angewandte Chemie

Our latest work on the directed evolution of a designer enzyme featuring an unnatural catalytic amino acid is now online in Angewandte Chemie

December 1, 2018: New Website Launched

Our new website is online. Check in regularly for news & updates!

October 1, 2018: Clemens appointed to Assistant Professor

Clemens has been appointed as assistant professor at the University of Groningen!