We are particularly interested in discovering new bioactive natural products from human-associated bacteria, elucidating unusual pathways for natural product biosynthesis, unravelling the ecological role and mode of action of natural products, and engineering microbes for the production of novel natural product derivatives and other therapeutic applications.

Joleen Masschelein

Group Leader
VIB Group leader since August 2020
Assistant Professor at KU Leuven since 2020
Postdoc at Rega Institute for Medical Research, KU Leuven, Belgium, 2017-20
Postdoc at Departement of Chemistry, University of Warwick, UK, 2015-17
PhD at KU Leuven, Belgium, 2015

Research areas

Computational biology Microbiology Medical biotechnology

Research focus

We are particularly interested in discovering new bioactive natural products from human-associated bacteria, elucidating unusual pathways for natural product biosynthesis, unravelling the ecological role and mode of action of natural products, and engineering microbes for the production of novel natural product derivatives and other therapeutic applications.

To accomplish this, we utilise a multidisciplinary research approach, combining microbiology, molecular genetics, genomics, enzymology, bioinformatics, structural biology, analytical chemistry and chemical synthesis. 

Publications

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Jobs

We are always on the lookout for highly motivated colleagues to join our team. If you are interested, please contact us.

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Team

The Joleen Masschelein Lab can only thrive thanks to the dedication and commitment of its people, no matter what their function or seniority.

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Events

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