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Bio-organic Synthesis

Student projects

Bachelor and Master students of all chemistry related studies are more than welcome to take part in our research activities. We have projects on design and synthesis of biologically relevant compounds within an ongoing research project. Supervision, following the apprentice/teacher model, is one of the hallmarks of our group, meaning that each student is taught hands-on in the laboratory by a Ph.D. student or a post-doc.

Chemistry Master students Students that have completed their bachelor studies in chemistry or the molecular sciences (MST, LST and BFW), as well as HLO students with a bachelor degree can enroll in our Chemistry master research track ‘Chemical Biology’. Master students are advised to first put together their study programme with the student adviser (Maxim Kuil, m.kuil@chem.leidenuniv.nl) and then contact Mark Overhand (overhand@chem.leidenuniv.nl) for a project in our group. Research topics:

  • Kinase inhibitors: a novel approach to target antibiotic resistant bacteria
  • Gramicidin S derivatives: membrane disrupting peptide antibiotics
  • Azasugars: theurapeutic agents against Gauchers disease and diabetes II
  • Synthesis of complex oligosaccharides
  • Synthetic vaccines
  • Advanced proteasome probes

For more subjects: have a look at the personal pages of our PhD students and postdocs, or our projects.

MST students can take part in our regular LO 1-4 projects (see ‘Leren Onderzoeken’).

BFW students are very welcome to conduct research in our group during a 3 or 10 week period, as well as in their bachelor- and master "stage".

LST students are ideal candidates to do their research project in our group on the borderline of chemistry and biology.

HLO students with a background in synthetic/organic chemistry (or for certain projects: analytical chemistry) can do a research project in our group for a 4-9 month period, depending on the guidelines of your school.

Exchange students with a background in synthetic/organic chemistry can do a research project in our group ranging from a 10 week period in summer to a 5-6 month period during the academic year. Please contact Mrs. Gloria Schildwacht of the Exchange Office: schildwacht@edufwn.leidenuniv.nl