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Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

Become familiar with state-of-the-art developments in Molecular Biology


The Master's degree programme Molecular Biology and Biotechnology is closely linked to the Groningen Biomolecular Sciences and Biotechnology Institute (GBB). The GBB is a research institute at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, University of Groningen. GBB also acts as an accredited Dutch research school and since 2010 is embedded within the Graduate School of Science.

The research institute GBB performs research of the highest standard in the following fields:

Biomolecular sciences

* With a strong focus on proteins in relation to their function in living cells.

* Researching the fundamental properties of proteins and microorganisms that are relevant in health and disease and for application in the areas of chemistry, life sciences, and bio(nano)technology.

Synthetic Biology

* Combined with other disciplines, the goal in this area is to design and develop novel functional biological and semi-artificial systems.

* GBB has a strong national and international reputation in protein structure determination and analysis, biochemistry, molecular biology and microbiology, molecular genetics and bioinformatics.


Research is primarily fundamental and curiosity-driven. It is often multidisciplinary and collaborative with specialization in the following GBB key areas:

* Systems biology of microorganisms

* Molecular genetics

* Molecular Microbiology

* Molecular cell biology

* Membrane proteins

* Structure-function relationship of proteins

* Microbial biotechnology and biocatalysis

* Chemical and synthetic biology

Various research questions in these key areas relate to human health and disease, including:

* Research on peroxisome homeostasis with the aim of understanding the biogenesis, ageing and turnover of peroxisomes in yeast, a suitable model for detrimental peroxisome-related diseases;

* The production and modification of (synthetic) antibiotics with respect to eminent demand for new and better antibiotics.

* The structure function determination of microbial proteins and cell processes that play a key role in the development of Parkinsons disease and mobility of immune cells, respectively

* Understanding the role of the microbiome and their metabolites in human health, in particular the gut-brain axis.

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    Improving enzymes to make them suitable for use in industry (research example)

    The group of our Prof. Dr. Marco Fraaije at the University of Groningen is involved in a project called ROBOX co-funded by the European Union's Horizon 2020 Programme for Research and Innovation. The ROBOX project brings together leading experts from Europe's top universities together with the biotechnology industry. Cutting edge biotechnology is brought to the next level to eventually replace classical chemical processes with biotechnology using enzymes - nature's most sophisticated machines.

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