News

  • July 2022: Congratulations to Nedine and Yosri for their successful thesis defence!

  • April 2022: Warm welcome to our BSc thesis students Marit, Amber, Nerin, Morris, Wouter, and Joris!

  • February 2022: Warm welcome to Sabina Kelly Falke! Sabina is joining us to work on disordered proteins. Before this, she was a researcher at Oxford Nanopore Technologies, a spin-off from Oxford University.

  • December 2021: We are organising Circuit Topology 2021, the first symposium on Circuit Topology.

  • November 2021: Our lab won two NWO Open Compeition awards, one for single cell cancer research and one for research into disordered proteins involved in muscular dystrophy.

  • September 2021: Warm welcome to our new master students Twan, Yosri, and Nadine!

  • May 2021: Wei Yang won 2021 LACDR symposium poster award for presenting our ophthalmology project! Congrats Wei!

  • May 2021: "A Circuit Topology Approach to Categorizing Changes in Biomolecular Structure" has been selected by the Chief Editor to be featured in the Physical Chemistry and Chemical Physics Editor’s Pick 2021 collection! Congratulations to Jaie Woodard, Otto Schullian, and Arash Tirandaz!

  • March 2021: Our institute is ranked 11 globally by 2021 QS University Ranking. LACDR is at the forefront of pharmacy and pharmacology.

  • January 2021: Alireza is an invited speaker at SLAS2021. Title: Metabolic analysis of macrophages, down to single cell resolution.

  • December 2020: Abidemi defended his PhD successfully! Many congrats to him and his family!

  • November 2020: Yasmine Abouleila's work has been featured by KNVM. Link to KNVM News Letter

  • September 2020: Our research is covered by Dutch newspaper Leidsch Dagbald.

  • August 2020: Press Release: Scientists develop topological barcodes for folded molecules (Date: August 25, 2020)

  • July 2020: Two new awards for our lab: Tom Evers won an NWA Award and Barbara Scalvini won a Poster Prize at 2020 LACDR Symposium. Congrats to Tom and Barbara!

  • June 2020: Welcome to Anatoly! He starts as a new postdoc in our group and will contribute to our molecular biophysics efforts and beyond.

  • March 2020: Our laboratory is organising the 2nd course/workshop on "Biophysics and Bioengineering for Pharmaceutical Sciences".

  • March 2020: Our institute is ranked 16th internationally according to 2020 QS world university rankings. A great place for students and researchers interested in pharmaceutical sciences and beyond!

  • February 2020: We reported the first organ-on-a chip model for Ebola virus disease. Click here for further information.

  • February 2020: Teacher Prize for our team! Our Academic Skills Development (AV-1) course was evaluated highly this year!

  • February 2020: The new Dean, Dr. Michiel Kreutzerand, and the new Institute Manager, Mr. Thomas Klompmaker, visiting our laboratory on Feb 7, 2020.

  • January 2020: We are on 2019 Hall of Fame!

  • December 2019: Alireza gives an invited talk at the Frontiers in Biology (2019).

  • October 2019: With the team at the 2019 Dutch Biophysics Conference! Thanks to Huaqi and Vahid for their oral presentation and Maziar, Barbara, and Tom for presenting posters!

  • October 2019: Warm welcome to Sanjeevani, Lilia, Felix and Daphne, the new master students in the lab!

  • August 2019: Congratulations to Noëlle for her thesis defence! Well done, Noëlle!

  • June 2019: Exciting news! Our laboratory is awarded a Research Grant from the Muscular Dystrophy Association (USA). In the coming four years, this award will boost our single-molecule research towards unraveling the complexity of muscular dystrophy.

  • June 2019: Yasmine Abouleila joins our organ-on-a-chip team as a new postdoctoral fellow! Welcome!

  • June 2019: Ahmed Ali joins our single cell team as a new postdoctoral fellow! Welcome!

  • June 2019: Our BSc students have successfully completed their thesis in our group. Congrats!

  • June 2019: Vahid Sheikh-Hasani joins our force spectroscopy team! Welcome!

  • May 2019: Wonderful news! Elise Mathilde prize for our research on viral hemorrhagic fever!

  • April 2019: Congrats to Huaqi for winning the Best Poster Award for our Ebola research at the 2019 LACDR symposium!

  • April 2019: New undergraduate students started their thesis in our lab! A warm welcome to our new joiners, Femke Heddema, Julia Roks, Feline De Ruijter, Milan de Putter, Bastiaan de Bont, Sobia Laghari, Shareen Ahmed, Boudewijn van Nieuwenhuize!

  • March 2019: Congrats to Barbara Scalvini for being selected to compete at Famelab!

  • March 2019: Medical student Aleksandra Lopareva joins our laboratory as an intern. Welcome, Aleksandra!

  • February 2019: Warm welcome to Udit! Udit starts as a new postdoc in our laboratory jointly with AMOLF institute in Amsterdam.

  • February 2019: Monitoring cytoskeletal conductance variation for sensing cancer drug resistance! (Media coverage of our research)

  • December 2018: Alireza received a certificate of appreciation for teaching activities!

  • December 2018: We are in the news! How do cellular machines unfold misfolded proteins?

  • October 2018: Noëlle joins our laboratory for her MSc thesis! Welcome!

  • September 2018: Best wishes for the new academic year! Looking forward to working together in 2018/2019!

From left to right: Tom, Alireza, Cornelius (Hankemeier group), Barbara, Abidemi, Wei, Edinson (Fleming group), Arash, Huaqi

  • September 2018: Tom joins our laboratory as a new PhD student. Welcome!

  • July 2018: Barbara joins our laboratory as a new PhD student. Welcome!

  • June 2018: Many congrats to Celine, Alissa, and Marlies for successful completion of their BSc projects.

  • May 2018: We successfully organised the 2018 LACDR Spring Symposium! Thanks to all our invited speakers! Also congrats to the best poster prize winners!

  • April 2018: Many congrats to Dr. Mehmet Doğrusöz for his PhD defence! I was honoured to be on his PhD assessment committee!

  • April 2018: Welcome to Celine, Alissa and Mariles! They will be working on exciting topics for their BSc internships in our group.

  • April 2018: Many congrats to Denise for her MSc thesis defence!

  • February 2018: Many congrats to Dr. Vahid Sheikhhasani for his PhD defence!

  • January 2018: Many congrats to Mert and Anne for successful completion of their MSc thesis!

  • January 2018: Alireza Mashaghi was named "Discoverer of the Year"!

  • December 2017: Mashaghi Lab won a major NWO grant (1.08 million Euros)! The grant will boost our single-cell research.

  • December 2017: Alireza Mashaghi is nominated for the CJ Kok prize for his contributions to "Single-molecule analysis of biomolecular structure and dynamics".

  • November 2017: Our paper on "Pharmacological targeting of ROS reaction network in myeloid leukemia cells monitored by ultra-weak photon emission" got accepted for publication in Oncotarget. Special congrats to Rosilene!

  • September 2017: Our paper on "On the role of topology in regulating transcriptional cascades" has appeared in PCCP. Warmest congrats to Mahan for this achievement!

  • July 2017: Our paper on "Topology of internally constrained polymer chains" has appeared in PCCP. Special congrats to Maziar and Vahid!

  • July 2017: Paul Miggiels received best poster award at the HPLC conference in Prague.

  • May 2017: Alireza Mashaghi is appointed as an Adjunct Professor of Ophthalmology at Fudan University.

  • March 2017: LACDR (Leiden University) is ranked 17th world wide by 2017 QS world university ranking.

  • December 2016: Our paper on "Small heat shock proteins sequester misfolding proteins in near-native conformation for cellular protection and efficient refolding" has appeared in Nature Communications.

  • November 2016: Alireza Mashaghi is appointed as Chief Scientific Advisor at Longwood Biology Inc., Boston.

  • November 2016: Our paper on "Alternative modes of client binding enable functional plasticity of Hsp70" is published at Nature. See also News and Views by Qinglian Liu & Elizabeth A. Craig at Nature on our work.

  • August 2016: Sara Kalisnik moved to Brown University as a Postdoctoral Fellow.

  • August 2016: Alireza Mashaghi was appointed as an Adjunct Faculty member of Basir Eye Research Center.

  • May 2016: Mahan Ghaffari was admitted to q-bio summer school.

  • February 2016: Maziar Heidari attended CECAM workshop in Italy.

  • July 2016: Alireza Mashaghi was appointed as an Adjunct Professor of Biophysics at the Institute of Biochemistry and Biophysics (IBB).

  • January 2015: Our paper on "Experimental phase diagram of negatively supercoiled DNA measured by magnetic tweezers and fluorescence" is now online at Nanoscale.

  • November 2014: Alireza Mashaghi was appointed to the editorial board of NanoResearch.