Welcome to the home page of the Membrane Biochemistry & Biophysics group (MBB)
The research of our group is focused on biological membranes. These membranes form the barriers that separate the inside from the outside of living cells and they are abundantly present within cells separating and defining different organelles. They tightly control all communication between cells or organelles and their environment and therefore they are essential for many life processes.
In our research we aim to understand the structure and function of biological membranes on a molecular level by studying the interactions between its main constituents: lipids and proteins. In addition we investigate how membranes are involved in the mode of action of drugs, toxins, antibiotics and amyloid forming proteins.
The mission of MBB is to perform cutting edge research to understand the molecular mechanisms underlying organization, structure and function of biological membranes in health and disease and to apply this knowledge for further advancement of society. To achieve this goal we combine studies on biological systems with studies on well-defined synthetic model membranes and we combine chemical biology approaches with the use of a wide range of advanced biochemical, biophysical and cell-biological techniques. Click here (or select the tab RESEARCH) for detailed information on the research projects within MBB.
Joining our group
Are you excited about our research and do you want to join our group? Check the student page for a thesis (Bachelor and Master projects available!) or check the vacancies tab for available PhD or post-doc positions. And feel free to contact our people for further information about our research and job opportunities...
Principal investigatorsProf. Dr Antoinette Killian (head of research)
Research topics- Membrane biophysics
MBB is embedded within the Bijvoet Center for Biomolecular Research and the Institute of Biomembranes of Utrecht University and participates in the Chemical Biology Program.
FEBS/EMBO lecture course 2013. Click image