Past Members

Szymanski Group / UMCG / University of Groningen

Laura Slappendel, BSc

Laura was Born in Nijmegen (the Netherlands) in 1995. In 2013, after one year of studying Pharmacy, she started her study Chemistry where she followed the ‘Sustainable Chemistry and Energy’ track and obtained her diploma in 2017. For her bachelor research project, she has worked on receptor ligands with photo-controlled activity in the Szymanski Lab. Laura conducted her master research project on optimizing a photo-switchable enzyme inhibitor.

Feringa Group / University of Groningen

Mickel J. Hansen, MSc

Mickel studied chemistry at the University of Groningen, where he received his M.Sc. in 2014 after working with Prof. Ben L. Feringa on photo-switchable bio-active molecules. In 2014 he worked with Prof. G. Andrew Woolley at the University of Toronto on red-light switchable molecular photoswitches. He is obtained his Ph.D. at the Stratingh Institute for Chemistry under the supervision of Prof. Ben L. Feringa and Prof. Arnold J. M. Driessen, working on photopharmacology. He is currently a scientific coordinator at the University of Groningen.

Jacques Hille, BSc

Jacques was born in Leiden (The Netherlands) in 1993. During his bachelor he followed the “chemistry of life” track and did his bachelor research in the group of Prof. Marco Fraaije studying protein structure/function. Currently he does his master project on controlling quorum sensing with visible light in photopharmacology.

Anja P. Huizing, MSc

Anja started studying Chemistry at the University of Groningen in 2008, she obtained her BSc in 2012 and obtained her MSc in 2014. In her master research project in the Feringa group she focussed on the impact of small structural changes in amphiphiles on self-assembly.

Michael M. Lerch, MSc

Michael obtained his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degree at ETH Zurich with research stays at the University of Cambridge (UK) and the California Institute of Technology. He conducted his Master's Thesis under the supervision of Prof. Robert H. Grubbs and Prof. Erick M. Carreira on the topic of regioselectivity in Wacker-type oxidations. He pursued his Ph.D. at the Stratingh Institute for Chemistry in Groningen under the supervision of Prof. Ben L. Feringa. His work focussed on controlling biological systems with light.

Malgorzata Murawska, MSc

Gosia obtained her Bachelor degree studies at the Faculty of Chemistry, Warsaw University, Poland. In 2014-2016 she did her MSc studies at the University of Groningen, where she worked in Feringa Labs on her master research project, focused on photocontrolled binding of small molecules to DNA.

Claudia Poloni, PhD

Claudia studied Chemistry at the University of Padova, Italy. She obtained her MSc in 2009 with the master project on the synthesis of a peptaibolic peptide, tylopeptin A, in the laboratory of Prof. Fernando Formaggio. In 2010 she worked in DSM, The Netherlands for an internship under the supervision of Dr. Peter Quaedflieg. She obtained her PhD at the Stratingh Institute for Chemistry in Groningen under the supervision of Professor Ben L. Feringa and Dr. Wiktor Szymanski. Her research focused on incorporation of photoswitches in peptides and enzymes.

Kaja Sitkowska, PhD

Kaja has been studying chemistry at the University of Warsaw, where she obtained her BSc and MSc diplomas. Her degree projects were conducted in the fields of molecular switches and organocatalysis. She has completed her PhD on a joint program between University of Groningen and University of Warsaw supervised by prof. Ben Feringa and prof. Grzegorz Litwinienko. Her research focussed on photopharmacology, molecular photocages and antioxidants.

Willem A. Velema, PhD

Wim studied Pharmacy at the University of Groningen, where he received his M.Sc. in 2010 after working on cell handling in microfluidic systems with Prof. Elisabeth M. J. Verpoorte. In 2014, he received his Ph.D.-degree cum laude from the University of Groningen for his research on the development of modern photopharmacology under the supervision of Prof. Ben L. Feringa. Starting in early 2015, he is working with Prof. Eric T. Kool at Stanford University.