Jan Reedijk is a professor of chemistry from the Leiden University in The Netherlands. His research interests include coordination chemistry, bio-inorganic chemistry and metal applications in medicine. In September 2011 he was invited as a keynote speaker at the 5th International Conference on Metals and Genetics (ICMG-5), held in Kobe, Japan. The following perspective is based on his lecture, why not click through and have a read!
Fast and slow versus strong and weak metal–DNA binding: consequences for anti-cancer activity
Metallomics, 2012, Advance Article
We were also lucky enough to have Jan sit down and answer a few questions about himself.
Your paper is a review on metal-DNA binding and their consequences for anti-cancer activity. What’s hot at the moment/going to be next big thing in this field? I would say that now increasing numbers of people feel that metal-protein interaction, so long neglected in this field, need to be given consideration as well. In fact I do hint to that issue at the end of my review already.
What projects are you working on at the moment? I have retired from my full time job, and now only collaborate with others in this field.
Is there anything you’d have done differently in your career? For sure many things! Everybody makes mistakes, but from these mistakes we learn and improve.
Who or what inspired you to become a scientist? Curiosity in Chemistry!
What’s the secret to running a successful research group? Make sure that your group members all feel they belong to a team, and do share the scientific challenges with them, even with the youngest undergraduates. This will stimulate and enhance creativity,
What do enjoy doing in your spare time? Tennis, jogging, golf, listening classical music, hiking.
Where in the world would you most like to visit and why? I have been in many interesting places during my active career. No real wishes left; Hawaii perhaps: I had planned to go for Pacifichem, but had to cancel (2009) due to illness.
Thank you Jan for taking some time out to talk to us.