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Molecular Physiology


At Molecular Physiology we teach the following master's courses within the Leiden Institute of Chemistry's Chemistry and Life Science and Technology programmes.

Advanced Medicinal Chemistry

This core course within the Chemical Biology master's programme introduces the students to the theory and methods of medicinal chemistry and its role in drug discovery. More

Chemical Genetics

This course is a core course within the LST programme / Molecular Sciences series. Chemical genetics is a research method that uses small molecules to change the way proteins work- directly in real time rather than indirectly by manipulating their genes. It is used to identify which proteins regulate different biological processes, to understand in molecular detail how proteins perform their biological functions, and to identify small molecules that may be of medical value. In this course several examples of chemical genetics will be introduced. More

Drug Discovery: From Biology and Structure to New Chemical Entity

After a general introduction of “classical” and “modern” drug discovery, various receptors, enzymes, ion-channels, carbohydrates and nucleotides are presented within this course which provide clues as to how novel drugs can be found. It will be demonstrated that the multidisciplinary interaction between molecular biology, pharmacology, biophysics and chemistry is of utmost importance in the drug discovery process. The course is elective and intended for MSc and PhD students. More