PhD Graduation Tim

On April 26, 2019, Tim Van Kersavond, who performed his PhD research in the Verhelst Lab at the Leibniz Institute for Analytical Sciences (Dortmund) successfully defended his thesis at the University of Duisburg-Essen. Congratulations! Tim will continue with a post-doc … Continue reading →


From March 27-29, 2019, we hosted the 12th annual Activity-based protein profiling symposium in Leuven, organized by Martin Witte (University of Groningen), Pieter Van Der Veken (University of Antwerp), Ingrid Vandemeulebroucke and Steven Verhelst (KU Leuven). With a more than … Continue reading →

New publications

Marta’s paper on solubilization of rhomboid proteases in lipid nanodiscs by using amphipathic polymers was accepted for publication in J. Am. Chem. Soc. The review of Suravi, Jan Pascal, Merel and Roeland on recent advances in activity-based protein profiling of … Continue reading →

Welcome undergraduates!

This week, four undergraduate students have joined our lab. Julia Miedes Aliaga from the University of Barcelona will perform an Erasmus internship with Marta, Rafal Mendowicz, freshly graduated from Lodz University of Technology, will perform an internship with Jian, also … Continue reading →

University trail

On September 13, 2019, KU Leuven organized the University Trail: a 5k walk, 5k run or 10k run on the Arenberg University campus in leuven. Roeland, Jan Pascal and Steven ran the 10k trail, and Hester, together with members from … Continue reading →

10 years

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 … Continue reading →

New co-workers spring 2018

In spring 2018, we have welcomed three new co-workers. Dr. Snezhana Akpunarlieva joined as post-doctoral fellow in March 2018. She has previously done a PhD in proteomics at the University of Glasgow in Scotland. Dr. Dimitris Korovesis joined the lab … Continue reading →

New publications

Recently, Minh Nguyen’s paper about a novel method for protease specificity profiling using proteome-derived peptide libraries and tip-based substrate enrichment was accepted in the Journal of Proteome Research. The paper of Roeland Vanhoutte and Jan Pascal Kahler, both shared first … Continue reading →

Conference visits

Roeland, Jian and Steven visited the ABPP2018: Target Discovery using Chemical Probes symposium in Oxford, UK on March 21-23, 2018. Steven presented a poster with an overview of lab topics, and the abstracts of Roeland and Jian were both selected … Continue reading →

New rhomboid inhibitors

Jian Yang’s paper on benzoxazinones as novel rhomboid inhibitors has now been published in Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters. Congrats! Two other papers on rhomboid inhibitors have recently also appeared with collaboration from Minh Nguyen of our lab. The research … Continue reading →