Chemical Biology


Course Objective

To get students acquainted with modern chemical biology techniques to
study proteins and the modulation of their function, with a specific
emphasis on the various multidisciplinary aspects of drug discovery

Course Content

In this introductory course emphasis will be given on the interface
between Chemistry
and Biology in relation to the field of Drug Discovery. How can one
understand biological processes using small molecules? How can one
identify small molecules targeting new biochemical pathways, either by
using modern biochemical or cellular assays or in silico using the
wealth of new information from structural biology? How to detect and/or
modulate DNA, RNA and protein expression and/or function with chemical
probes? These are the questions that are central to this introductory

Teaching Methods

lectures, tutorial, consultancy sessions and case study/presentation

Method of Assessment

Students will work in small groups on an integrated case study. Based on
primary literature, background information from Comprehensive Medicinal
Chemistry, interaction with “Protein Champions”, students will work on a
“Chemical Biology Protein Report” and oral presentation for the rest of
the rest of the class.
Finally, there will be a written examination at the end of the course on
the various
topics presented at the end of the course by fellow students, the
scheduled entry lectures and selected primary papers.

Final grades will be based on results of the case study (35%), case
presentation and discussion (15%) and final exam (50%). Each part must
at least be satisfactory (mark “6 out of 10” or higher).

Entry Requirements

Bachelor Pharmaceutical Sciences, Medical Natural Science, Science,
Business and Innovation or Chemistry. Portal course MSc Biomolecular
Science or Principles of Pharmaceutical Sciences or equivalent for mBMS
students and students with
Bsc SBI or Chemistry.

With a BSc SBI or Chemistry, please contact prof. Leurs before
registration on your eligibility to participate.


In the course we will use mainly primary literature and handouts of

Target Audience

mBMS-BC, mCh-SBI (2nd year), mDDS-BCCA, mDDS-CMCT, mDDS-DD&S, mDDS-DDSA,
mDDS-DDTF, mDDS-C-var, mDDS-E-var, mDDS-M-var, mPhys-SBI (2nd year)

Additional Information

Presence is obliged at predefined moments of the course (e.g. kick-off
meeting, presentation session, examination) for finishing the course

Custom Course Registration

Please register as soon as possible online as there is a maximum number of students that can enter the course.

General Information

Course Code X_432538
Credits 6 EC
Period P1
Course Level 400
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Science
Course Coordinator prof. dr. R. Leurs
Examiner prof. dr. R. Leurs
Teaching Staff dr. M.H. Siderius
prof. dr. R. Leurs
dr. J. Kool

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.

Teaching Methods Lecture, Computer lab
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