Membrane Biochemistry & Biophysics

The research in the Membrane Biochemistry & Biophysics group is focused on biological membranes. These membranes form the barriers that separate the inside from the outside of living cells and that define organelles within cells. They are essential for life.

Our main aim is to understand how membranes are built up and how they function at a molecular level. We investigate this by using a variety of systems, ranging from simplified self-assembled model membranes of lipids and proteins to membranes of living cells, and by using different complementary approaches, including molecular biology, chemical synthesis, analytical chemistry and advanced biophysical methods.


H.R. Kruytbuilding
Padualaan 8
3584 CH Utrecht
The Netherlands


Illustratie van het poriëncomplex gevormd door Lipide II en het antimicrobiële peptide nisine
27 September 2018
An advanced new NMR Research method means a breakthrough for research into a promising class of alternative antibiotics
15 July 2016
A team of 10 researchers, including seven from Utrecht University, have unravelled the mechanism behind the protein MraY.
Antoinette Killian
21 April 2015
Antoinette Killian is awarded the prestigous EBSA/Avanti prize 2015 for her for outstanding contributions to the understanding of lipid biophysics




6 April 2020 08:30 - 7 April 2020 18:00
The Bijvoet Symposium 2019 of the Bijvoet Center for Biomolecular Research will take place on April 6-7, 2020.