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prof. dr. B. Poolman

Hoogleraar Biochemie

POOLMAN, Ph.D., Bert

Family name: Poolman

Name: Bert

Date of birth: May 8th, 1959


Membrane Enzymology Group

Centre for Synthetic Biology

Present Position

Director of the Groningen Biomolecular Sciences and Biotechnology Institute

Full professor in Biochemistry & Program director of the Centre for Synthetic Biology

Chair: Membrane Enzymology

Groningen Biomolecular Sciences and Biotechnology Institute and Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials

University of Groningen, Nijenborgh 4, 9747 AG Groningen The Netherlands.

tel. +31 (0)50 363 4190/3385 (secr)

fax +31 (0)50 363 4165


2014 - present: Director of the Groningen Biomolecular Sciences and Biotechnology Institute
2008 - present: Program director Centre for Synthetic Biology
2003: Visiting professor in Biochemistry at the Division of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, U.S.A.
1999 – present: Professor in Biochemistry, University of Groningen
1995 – 1999 : Ass. Professor (UHD) in Microbiology, University of Groningen
1989 – 1994: Research fellow of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW)
1991: Short-term Working Visit to Transgene , S.A. , Strasbourg , France (EMBO fellow)
1987 – 1989: Scientist at Genencor Inc. (Molecular Biology and Genetics Group), South San Francisco ,  U.S.A.
1984 – 1987: Ph. D. Student at the Department of Microbiology, University of Groningen , The Netherlands


1987: Ph.D. Degree in Microbiology (Cum laude)
1984: Masters Degree in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry (Cum laude)
1983 – 1984: Undergraduate student at the University of Bern, Switzerland; Biochemistry training at the "Medizinisch-Chemisches Institut"


Over 270 publications in peer refereed international scientific journals (h-index of 59, more than 11,000 citations in Web of Science; h=64 and more than 14,000 citations in Google Scholar); 13 book chapters; 1 book; 37 Ph.D. students have completed their thesis under the (co)-supervision of Bert Poolman

Keywords: Membrane transport, ABC transporters; bioenergetics; biogenesis of membrane proteins; cell volume regulation; protein diffusion and traffic; synthetic biology; membrane reconstitution; synthetic cells; optical microscopy.

Major Fellowships and Honours (selection)

1989: Biochemistry Award of the Dutch Biochemistry Organisation (NVBMB)

1989: Fellowship from the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW)

1992: Program Co-ordinator: 'Molecular Biology of Secondary Transport Proteins'  Funded by the Human Frontier Sciences Program Organisation (HFSPO)

1996: Program Co-ordinator of the EU-funded Project on 'Structure of Membrane Proteins'

1997: Award in the SON programme 'Jonge Chemici'

2001: Award of the NWO top grant for support of the research on ABC transporters

2003: Fulbright Scholarship and visiting professorship at California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, U.S.A.

2006: Award of NWO Top Subsidy

2006: Rated as ISI highly cited researcher

2009: Elected as member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW)

2010: NWO Top-GO subsidy on membrane protein biogenesis

2011: Elected as Faculty 1000 member

2011: Award of ITN-NICHE network grant

2012: Member of Faculty 1000 board

2013: Chairman of KNAW Earth and Life Sciences Board

         Member of the Program committee New Chemical Innovations (NWO)

2015: Member of the Board of NIBI (Nederlands Instituut voor Biologie)

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Contact information

Biochemistry, Membrane Enzymology group

Job title:
Professor in biochemistry
+31 50 36 34209 (Secretariat)

Home address

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