Groningen Biomolecular Sciences and Biotechnology Institute (GBB)

The Groningen Biomolecular Sciences and Biotechnology Institute (GBB) is a research institute at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, University of Groningen. GBB also acts as a KNAW-accredited Dutch research school that since 2010 is embedded within the Graduate School of Science.

GBB has the ambition to perform research of the highest standard in the field of biomolecular sciences, studying microbial processes and cells. With strong roots in chemistry, biophysics, molecular biology, and genetics, GBB has become a well-recognized research institute in biomolecular science with a focus on genetic and metabolic processes and structure-function studies of the biomolecules involved. Recently, GBB has seen a remarkable growth in microbiological sciences, stimulated by strong teams incorporating modern approaches in genomics, single cell- and single molecule analyses, high-resolution microscopy, and advanced cell engineering. In view of the emerging societal and industrial need to develop sustainable bio-based processes, and the undisputed and important role that microbial processes play in this field, GBB strives to further concentrate its research profile in two focal areas: Molecular Mechanisms of Bioprocesses and Physiology and Systems Biology.

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GBB Press Releases

Vidi grant Chris Williams (Molecular Cell Biology group)

CellBiochemistry group wins Dicty race: Groningen slime mould wins Dicty World Race

NWO grants awarded to six University of Groningen researchers (3 reseachers within GBB)

A off May 1st 2014, Dr. Jan Willem Veening will be appointed Assistant Professor

Some commonly used antibiotics accelerate resistance: Dr. J.W. Veening's findings published in the leading journal Celll, April 2014, see also press release

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Grant for chemists in Groningen (associate GBB member Prof. A.J. Minnaard and partners) see also press release: Groningen molecules in new tuberculosis vaccine

Prof.dr. Oscar Kuipers (Molecular Genetics) is elected member of the European Academy of Microbiology (

Joint publication by Antoine van Oijen (associate GBB Member) and Dirk Slotboom (GBB member) in Nature: Motion of one single transport protein observed

Joint publication (Centre for Systems Chemistry, Molecular Microbiology (GBB) and Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials) in Nature Chemistry: Groningen chemists develop switchable antibiotic

Zpannend Zernike! - October 6 2013, 12:00-17:00 Experience the fasinating world of Science site only in Dutch

Publication in journal Nature Structural & Molecular Biology for research group Membrane Enzymology: How a transport protein fills a void

ERC Starting grant for Top reseacher Jan Willem Veening (Molecular Microbiology)- read more

Veni grants awarded to three (future) researchers at GBB - read more

Rubicon grant awarded to Anne Meinema ( Molecular Systems Biology) - read more

Nature publication for research group Molecular Microbiology : Helper in protein folding prevents clumping

The International Union of Pure and Applied Biophysics (IUPAB) prize 2013 for young scientist has been awarded to Dr. Ija Kusters (Molecular Microbiology)

Vidi grants for top researchers Arjan Kortholt (Cellbiochemistry) and Jan Willem Veening (Molecular Genetics) at GBB

Flinke subsidie voor Parkinson onderzoek

Start of EU-funded Marie Curie Initial Training Network PERFUME 2013-2016

Metabolic flux sensor published in Proc.Natl.Acad.Sci. USA (Prof. M. Heinemann)

Dijkhuizen in top three Most entrepreneurial scientist of the Netherlands

Biologieles op de weekendschool door Groningse biologen

The Life Sciences Institutes of University of Groningen - Assessment of Research Quality 1998 -2004 is published: More information