A topic which applies physical chemistry in a medical field is currently being researched at Physical Chemistry and Soft Matter. The goal of this research is to design de novo proteins for the encapsulation of nucleotide strands such as DNA. The binding of these proteins occurs through electrostatic interactions in the major groove of the DNA. The protein can then be self-assembled on the DNA template by DNA-protein and protein-protein interactions. The formed protein-DNA fibres are eventually visualised by the atomic force microscope (AFM). These protein-DNA fibres show promising application in the medical field as vaccins.
For this specialization, you need to choose at least two deepening courses, however you can always choose more if you want to. All details can be found in the study handbook, but some characteristic courses of this specialization are shortly explained below:
The development of molecular sciences for materials, food and health critically depends on comprehensive and non-invasive product characterization. Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) is probably the most widely applied analytical method with applications in e.g. analytical chemistry, structural biology, physical characterization of solid materials, imaging of tissues, organs and organisms, metabolomics, and transport processes in porous (bio)materials.
In this course a generalized form will be introduced to analyse and understand diverse classes of modern NMR and MRI experiments.
Thesis Research Groups
The MSc thesis forms the core of your specialization, reflected in the value of 36 ECTS. Your thesis will be part of the research of one of the chair groups of Wageningen University. The research groups that offer thesis projects within this specialization are listed below, and you can get more details on their respective websites.