July 2018, the Verhelstlab celebrates its 10th year anniversary! On the 1st of July, 2008, Steven started his lab at the Technical University Munich, in an (almost) empty labroom at the Lehrstuhl Chemie der Biopolymere on the Freising-Weihenstephan campus. Because of the helpful colleagues here, the lab got up and running quite rapidly.
10 years later, the lab has relocated to the University of Leuven, Belgium, with a small second part of the lab at the Leibniz Institute for Analytical Sciences ISAS, in Dortmund, Germany.
Some highlights of the last 10 years include the development of novel inhibitors and activity-based probe for rhomboid proteases and the development and application of cleavable linkers for chemical proteomics applications. Also several collaborations have initiated new directions in our laboratory, such as MALT1 activity-based probes and fluorescent probes to visualize polyamine transport.
More exciting research results are in the pipeline, so stay tuned for upcoming papers and another future 25 years of Verhelstlab!