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prof. dr. ir. M.W. (Marco) Fraaije



Name: Marco Wilhelmus Fraaije

Date of birth: 7 december 1968

Nationality: Dutch

Title: Prof. dr. Ir.

Marital status: married, two children

Languages: Dutch, English, German, some Italian & French

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Correspondence address

Nijenborgh 4, 9747 AG Groningen, Molecular Enzymology group

University of Groningen, The Netherlands

Phone +31503634345 / Email



Highschool (1981 – 1987): VWO Jacob Roelandslyceum, Boxtel

University (1987 – 1993): Molecular Sciences (Biochemistry), University of Wageningen

PhD project (1993-1998): Department of Biochemistry (Dr. W.J.H. van Berkel & Prof. dr. N.C.M. Laane) University of Wageningen, The Netherlands


Academic employment

Post-doctoral EMBO research-fellow (april 1998 – sept. 1999)

Department of Genetics & Microbiology, Biocrystallography

(Prof. Dr. A. Mattevi) University of Pavia, Italy

Assistant professor (oct. 1999 – sept. 2007)

Biotechnology group, Laboratory of Biochemistry (Prof. Dr. D.B. Janssen)

University of Groningen, The Netherlands

Associate professor (oct. 2007 – nov. 2012)

Full professor (dec. 2012 - present)

Molecular Enzymology group, University of Groningen, The Netherlands



1993: ‘Unilever research prize’ for graduation project at the University of Wageningen.

1998: long-term EMBO-fellowship for post-doctoral research period.

1999: COIMBRA grant to be spent on working visits for a period of in total 6 months.

2016: VICI grant

2018: BIOCAT-science award

Memberships & Management

- Member of the Board of Examiners Chemistry, University of Groningen.

- Board member of the Groningen Biomolecular Science and Biotechnology Institute (GBB), 2006-2012.

- Associate member of the Stratingh Research Institute, University of Groningen.

- Coordinator: FP7-EU Large-Scale Integrating Research Project OXYGREEN (12 partners, 7.5 Meuro budget), 2008-2013

- Coordinator: H2020-EU Leadership in Enabling and Industrial Technologies Research Project ROBOX (20 partners, 11.5 Meuro budget), 2015-2019

- Coordinator: H2020-EU ITN Training Network Project (10 partners, 3 Meuro budget), 2017-2021

Chair of the task group Toegepaste Biokatalyse (Applied Biocatalysis) of the dutch biotechnology society (NBV), since November 2006.

- Member of the scientific committees (Biotrans2005, Delft, NL; 16th Flavins symposium, 2008, Spain; Biotrans2011, Italy; 17th Flavins symposium, 2011, USA)

- Organiser EMBO Conference Catalytic Mechanisms by Biological Systems, Groningen, 2012

- Organiser 5th Novel Enzymes Conference, Groningen, 2016

- Main organiser 19th Flavins symposium, Groningen, 2017

- Main organiser Biotrans2019, Groningen, 2019

- Board member of the geological society ‘oertijdmuseum’ (

- Editorial advisory board member FEBS Journal, editorial member Catalysts

- Member of Dutch biotechnology society (NBV), microbiology society (NVVM) and biochemistry and molecular biology society (NVBMB)

Reviewer tasks

- consulted for reviewing national STW and NWO research programmes/proposals.

- consulted for EU, Czech, Spanish, German, UK, Italian and Austrian research programmes/proposals.

- refereed manuscripts from the journals: o.a. Nature Structural and Molecular Biology, JACS, Angewandte Chemie, Advanced Synthesis and Catalysis, Journal of Bacteriology, Applied and Environmental Microbiology, Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology, Biocatalysis and Biotransformation, Biochemistry, Biochemical Journal, Biochimica et Biophysica Acta, Bioresource Technology, Chemical Reviews, European Journal of Organic Chemistry, FEBS Journal, FEBS Letters, Journal of Molecular Biology, Journal of Molecular Catalysis, Microbiology, Nature Chemical Biology, Plant and Cell Physiology, Protein Engineering Design & Selection, Proteins, Biotechnology Journal, Trends in Biotechnology.

Laatst gewijzigd:25 juni 2022 17:01