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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.

Hot news

Joint Publication by (Molecular Systems Biology group of GBB and Statistics & Probability group of the Johann Bernoulli Institute) in PNAS: reduction in calories alone does not extend yeast lifespan

Veni Grant Kevin Knoops (Molecular Cell Biology group)

Emeritus professor Wil Konings passed away

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

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

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