The Biomolecular Chemistry Department is part of the Institute for Molecules and Materials (IMM) and is associated with the Radboud Institute for Molecular Life Sciences (RIMLS)

Celebration of 50 years Biochemistry in 2015

The fascination of the molecules in our body

In 1965, two chairs were arranged for Biochemistry at the Catholic University of Nijmegen (in the Faculty of Sciences, Mathematics and Computing Science and Faculty of Medicine). The topics of the biochemical research and education have changed over the last 50 years. During the celebration of 50 years Biochemistry, we have looked back on the past, but also looked ahead to the future by showing secondary school students what we do at our two departments.



PhD defense Chantal van de Schootbrugge

VoorkantOn Wednesday 8th of July 2015 Chantal van de Schootbrugge has defended her thesis titled:

“The envolvement of αB-crystallin in cancer”




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PhD degree for Raymond Staals

Cover thesis RSOn Friday, January 9 Raymond Staals successfully defended his PhD thesis. Raymond’s thesis entitled ‘It’s like Dis. Ribonucleases associated with the human RNA exosome’ describes a series of studies that are focused on the identification of members of the Dis3 family of exoribonucleases, as well as their structural and functional characterization. Since these proteins contribute to the exoribonucleolytic activity associated with the RNA exosome, their binding to this complex is also described. We congratulate Raymond with his PhD degree.


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The BMC lab has been moved!

As of April 7th the Biomolecular Chemistry lab has been moved to the 6th floor of the the RIMLS-building (Researchtoren). The PO Box and street address remain unchanged.











PhD degree for Sanne Hensen

On Friday September 27 Sanne Hensen successfully defendeFront thesis3d her PhD thesis. Sanne’s thesis entitled ‘The heat is on: HSF1 integrates cellular stress response pathways’ describes a series of studies that collectively demonstrate that the transcription factor HSF1 is involved in various pathways that can be activated in stressed cells as a result of different stress inducers. Since the HSF1 activity decreases with age, these findings have important implications for protein aggregation diseases, like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. We congratulate Sanne with her PhD degree.


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PhD degree for Remon van Geel

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On Friday March 15 Remon van Geel successfully defended his PhD thesis. Remon’s thesis entitled ‘One click closer to understanding transglutaminase 2; detection, regulation and biological relevance of protein crosslinking’ describes a chemical biology approach to study the human enzyme transglutaminase 2, which catalyzes the crosslinking of a primary amine to a peptidylglutamine or the deamidation of peptidylglutamine. We congratulate Remon with his PhD degree.

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Blood test for muscle disease IBM

Radboud closes licensing deal with EUROIMMUN based on research results of Department of Biomolecular Chemistry

Blood test for muscle disease IBM to be available quickly

 A simple blood test will become available to diagnose the chronic muscle disease IBM. The German company EUROIMMUN will be integrating a discovery from two researchers from the Radboud University in an already existing test for two other variants of myositis. IBM (Inclusion Body Myositis) is a strongly incapacitating disease that can now only be diagnosed with a muscle biopsy. A treatment for the disease is not yet available. 

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