Specialisation Biological Chemistry

The focus of Biological Chemistry is on the (bio)chemical properties of molecules in living systems. It combines principles of physical and organic chemistry, biochemistry, molecular biology, microbiology, genetics and bioinformatics. Students are prepared to contribute new insights to the life sciences in areas such as the molecular regulation of cellular processes, e.g. growth and development, signal transduction, and the properties and functioning of biomolecules in vivo and in vitro. This specialisation further includes investigation of complex ensembles of biomolecules and their interactions in biological systems with genomic and proteomic approaches, which form the heart of fundamental biomedical and physiological research.

What's Biological Chemistry about?

Examples are molecular regulation of growth and cell differentiation, gene control during development and disease, the transfer of genetic traits, enzymology (enzyme mechanisms are studied with the aim of understanding and modifying the properties of enzymes to make new compounds) or biological membranes.

Graduates from this specialisation are qualified to carry out research in all areas of life sciences at both universities and institutes. They are also eligible for R&D positions in industries involved in agro-food, pharmaceuticals, fine chemicals and biotechnology. Detailed information on the courses you can take in this specialisation is available in the study handbook of Wageningen University.

Thesis Research Groups

The groups below offer thesis projects in the Biological Chemistry specialisation.

Examples of thesis topics

Below you can find examples of thesis topics that you could work on with the Biological Chemistry specialisation.

  • Angiopoietin-like protein 4 (ANGPTL4) as a endocrine factor
  • High-resolution FISH BAC mapping technology
  • Molecular characterization of thermostable enzymes
  • Role of chromatin in lateral root and nodule development
  • The role of peptides in plant development
  • Predicting sub-Golgi localization of type II membrane proteins
  • Modulation and modelling of flavonoid bioavailability at the level of their intestinal metabolism and transport
  • Development of a computational chemistry-based QSAR approach for setting research priorities in toxicity testing of nitrobenzenes on the EINECS list
  • Precise control of selectivity in multi-route enzyme systems
  • Surfing the free energy landscape of flavodoxin folding in vitro
  • New bioactivity-based concepts for food contaminants
  • Sesquiterpene biosynthesis

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