Membranes & Beyond

Biological membranes form the barriers which separate inside from outside in biological systems. They consist of a bilayer, built up of many different lipids, in which proteins are embedded. These proteins are responsible for many specific functions of membranes. Interactions between these proteins and lipids are of key essence for membrane biogenesis, membrane organization and membrane function, but they are also major factors in the mode of action of polypeptide toxins, antibiotics and amyloid forming proteins. Research within MBB is focused on these membranes in the hope that more insights will give us a better understanding of membrane related diseases and will allow us to create new ways for more effective drugs.

Please visit the researchers pages to find out more about our research.

Recent & Upcoming Events

New interdisciplinary research program on non-thermal plasmas. (Read further under News)

Eefjan Breukink received a NWO-ECHO grant together with NMR colleague Markus Weingarth (Read further under News)

Mike Renne was awarded a FEBS Summer Fellowship (Read further under News)


Membrane Biochemistry & Biophysics is part of the Department of Chemistry of Utrecht University, The Netherlands. It is part of both the Institute of Biomembranes and the Bijvoet Center

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or if you would like to participate in our research. Please visit the specific PI or contact our secretary to help you on your way.

Get in Touch

  • Phone:
    0031 30 253 3966
  • Email:
    Secretariaat MBB
  • Address:
    Padualaan 8
    3584 CH Utrecht