‘Analytical methods in Chemical Biology’ topical collection

We’re excited to share with you our new topical collection on “Analytical methods in chemical biology” for RSC Chemical Biology, highlighting the excellent work published so far in the journal in this exciting area of research.

This collection seeks to highlight important advancements in fields such as imaging, spectroscopy, sensing and omics.  Analytical methods developed and utilized by chemical biologists encompass a wide range of techniques, including Raman probes for exploring uptake into plant cells, nanobodies for non-invasive imaging, single-cell multi-omics, single-molecule fluorescent sensors and much more.

Explore some of the papers in the collection below, and see the full collection here:

‘Analytical methods in chemical biology’ Topical Collection



Nanobodies as in vivo, non-invasive, imaging agents
Thibault J. Harmand, Ashraful Islam, Novalia Pishesha and Hidde L. Ploegh
RSC Chem. Biol., 2021, 2, 685-701
DOI: 10.1039/D1CB00023C



Squaric acid as a new chemoselective moiety for mass spectrometry-based metabolomics analysis of amines
Weifeng Lin, Zhen Yang, Amanpreet Kaur, Annika Block, Miroslav Vujasinovic, J.-Matthias Löhr and Daniel Globisch
RSC Chem. Biol., 2021, 2, 1479-1483
DOI: 10.1039/D0CB00132A



Versatile naphthalimide tetrazines for fluorogenic bioorthogonal labelling
Marcus E. Graziotto, Liam D. Adair, Amandeep Kaur, Pauline Vérité, Sarah R. Ball, Margaret Sunde, Denis Jacquemin and Elizabeth J. New
RSC Chem. Biol., 2021, 2, 1491-1498
DOI: 10.1039/D1CB00128K


We hope you enjoy reading these articles!



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‘Small molecules for Chemical Biology’ topical collection

We’re excited to share with you our new topical collection on “Small molecules for chemical biology” for RSC Chemical Biology, highlighting the excellent work published so far in the journal in this exciting area of research.

The use of small molecules in chemical biology encompasses a wide range of multidisciplinary research, including the use of chemical tools as probes for imaging and targetidentification, small molecule inhibitors of protein-protein interactions, signal inhibition and the assessment of ligand engagement among others.

Explore some of the papers in the collection below, and see the full collection here:  RSC Chemical Biology – Small molecules for chemical biology collection



Targeting the RNA demethylase FTO for cancer therapy
Lin-Lin Zhou, Hongjiao Xu, Yue Huang and Cai-Guang Yang
RSC Chem. Biol., 2021, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/D1CB00075F



A two-step resin based approach to reveal survivin-selective fluorescent probes
Andrew J. Ambrose, Nhan T. Pham, Jared Sivinski, Larissa Guimarães, Niloufar Mollasalehi, Paula Jimenez, Maria A. Abad, A. Arockia Jeyaprakash, Steven Shave, Letícia V. Costa-Lotufo, James J. La Clair, Manfred Auer and Eli Chapman
RSC Chem. Biol., 2021, 2, 181-186
DOI: 10.1039/D0CB00122H



Phosphinate esters as novel warheads for activity-based probes targeting serine proteases
Jan Pascal Kahler and Steven H. L. Verhelst
RSC Chem. Biol., 2021, 2, 1285-1290
DOI: 10.1039/D1CB00117E


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‘The Chemical Biology of Peptides’ topical collection


We’re excited to share with you our new topical collection on “The Chemical Biology of Peptides” for RSC Chemical Biology, highlighting the excellent work published so far in the journal in this exciting area of research.

This collection features work where peptides are used to image immune checkpoints, where they are harnessed to develop novel GPCR ligands, and where they are used to inhibit protein-protein interactions, along with many more fascinating applications and studies.

Explore some of the papers in the collection below, and see the full collection here:  RSC Chemical Biology – The Chemical Biology of Peptides collection



Matters of class: coming of age of class III and IV lanthipeptides
Julian D. Hegemann and Roderich D. Süssmuth
RSC Chem. Biol., 2020, 1, 110-127
DOI: 10.1039/D0CB00073F



Targeted disruption of PKC from AKAP signaling complexes
Ameya J. Limaye, George N. Bendzunas and Eileen J. Kennedy
RSC Chem. Biol., 2021, 2, 1227-1231
DOI: 10.1039/D1CB00106J



A peptidic inhibitor for PD-1 palmitoylation targets its expression and functions
Han Yao, Chushu Li, Fang He, Teng Song, Jean-Philippe Brosseau, Huanbin Wang, Haojie Lu, Caiyun Fang, Hubing Shi, Jiang Lan, Jing-Yuan Fang and Jie Xu
RSC Chem. Biol., 2021, 2, 192-205
DOI: 10.1039/D0CB00157K


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Call for papers: The Development of Bio-orthogonal tools

RSC Chemical Biology is delighted to welcome papers for its latest online themed collection on the ‘Development of bio-orthogonal tools’, guest edited by Professor Chengqi Yi (Peking University, China) and Professor Yan Zhang (Nanjing University, China).



We would welcome submissions on bio-orthorgonal chemistry, reactions and probes in labeling, manipulating, imaging and sequencing of protein, DNA, RNA and bioactive metabolites.

The deadline for submissions is 30 April 2022.

Promotion of the collection is scheduled for summer 2022, articles will be published online as soon as they’re accepted.

Authors are welcome to submit original research in the form of a Communication or Full Paper.  Articles can be submitted via our website: rsc.li/rsc-chembio. We would be grateful if upon submission you would be able to mention that your manuscript is intended for this themed collection in the “notes to the editor” box.

Please note that before a final decision is made, all submissions are subject to an initial assessment to confirm the manuscript’s suitability for full peer review.

 If you have any questions about the journal or the collection, please contact the editorial office via chembio-rsc@rsc.org.

With kind regards,

Professor Chengqi Yi

Peking University, China

Professor Yan Zhang

Nanjing University, China


About RSC Chemical Biology

Led by Hiroaki Suga (University of Tokyo), RSC Chemical Biology is dedicated to publishing and disseminating the most exceptionally significant, breakthrough findings of interest to the chemical biology community. All submissions are handled by our experienced and internationally recognised Associate Editors. For more information on the journal, please visit the journal homepage.

As a gold open access journal, there are no barriers to accessing content and your research article will reach an international audience. Please note that the article processing charges are waived until mid-2022, so the journal is currently free to publish in.


RSC Chemical Biology is now indexed in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), PubMed Central, Scopus and Web of Science: Emerging Sources Citation Index.  Find out more about the journal and submit your work at rsc.li/rsc-chembio


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RSC Chemical Biology Advisory Board

New additions to the RSC Chemical Biology Advisory Board!

We are delighted to welcome Professors Lei Liu & Guifang Jia, and Dr Chudi Ndubaku to the RSC Chemical Biology Advisory Board!  They join 19 other prominent researchers in the chemical biology field.

Explore the current Advisory Board line-up below.  For more information on the Editorial Board, visit rsc.li/rsc-chembio.

Dr Chudi Ndubaku, ORIC Pharmaceuticals, USA

Dr Ndubaku is the Vice President for Drug Discovery at ORIC Pharmaceuticals.

Professor Guifang Jia, Peking University, China

Professor Jia’s research focuses on the functions of RNA modifications in regulation of human diseases and plant development.

Professor Lei Liu, Tsinghua University, China

Research in the Lei group focuses on chemical protein synthesis and its applications to biomedical studies.

Professor Paul Dyson, EPFL, Switzerland

The research in Professor Dyson’s lab centres on organometallic chemistry at the interface with medicine, catalysis and material science.

Professor Luc Brunsveld, TU Eindhoven, Netherlands

Professor Brunsveld’s research interests are focused on chemical biology approaches studying protein-protein interactions, particularly drug discovery and supramolecular signalling systems.

Professor Peng Chen, Peking University, China

Professor Chen’s research focus is to develop novel technologies for protein manipulation in living cells, including protein-based bioorthoganol chemistry and precise protein engineering.

Professor Donald Hilvert, ETH Zurich, Switzerland

The group of Professor Hilvert are using chemical biology tools to understand and engineer proteins for various applications.

Professor May Khanna, University of Arizona, USA

The work of Professor Khanna’s lab looks to combine biochemical and biophysical techniques to target key protein-protein and protein-RNA interactions in neurodegenerative disease.

Professor Hermen Overkleeft, Leiden University, Netherlands

The research of the Overkleeft lab is characterized by the design, synthesis and application of chemical probes in glycobiology and immunology.

Professor Giulio Superti-Furga, CeMM, Austria

The Superti-Furga laboratory addresses the mechanisms by which cells respond to challenges that perturb homeostasis, and how homeostasis can subsequently be restored.

Professor Xiu-Jie Wang, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

Professor Wang’s research interests include developing computational methods to analyze biological data, identifying new non-coding regulatory RNA genes and studying the functions of non-coding RNAs.

Professor Christopher Chang, University of California Berkeley, USA

Professor Chang’s research interests include transition metal signaling, activity-based sensing and artificial photosynthesis.

Professor Russell Cox, Leibniz University Hannover, Germany

The Cox group is interested in understanding and engineering the biosynthesis of natural products by fungi.

Professor Dorothea Fiedler, FMP Berlin, Germany

The goal of the Fiedler lab is to develop new chemical and biochemical tools that will provide a mechanistic picture of inositol phosphate signaling.

Professor Christian Hackenberger, FMP Berlin, Germany

The research projects of Professor Hackenberger’s group focus on understanding how nature generates specific biological function in complex cellular environments.

Professor Maja Köhn, University of Freiburg, Germany

Professor Köhn’s group explores integrative signaling research on phosphatase chemistry and biology.

Professor Yamuna Krishnan, University of Chicago, USA

Work in Professor Krishnan’s lab aims to build quantitative chemical maps of organelle lumens using the tools of bionanotechnology.

Professor Elizabeth Nolan, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA

Professor Nolan and her team investigate the chemistry and biology of small molecules, peptides, and proteins that participate in the human innate immune response and host/pathogen interaction.

Professor Jennifer Prescher, University of California Irvine, USA

The research in Professor Prescher’s lab has the aim of crafting novel chemical probes and noninvasive imaging technologies to interrogate cells in their native habitats.

Professor Christopher Schofield, University of Oxford, UK

Professor Schofield aims to define functions for all human ‘2OG oxygenases’ at biochemical, cellular, and physiological level.

Professor Pamela Silver, Harvard Medical School, USA

Professor Silver’s research interests include cell programming, therapeutic design, and environment & pathogen sensing.

Professor Kira Weissman, University of Lorraine, France

Professor Weissman is expert in multiple aspects of the biosynthesis of polyketides and related secondary metabolites.

1 year of RSC Chemical Biology – the covers

This month we are celebrating our fantastic first year of RSC Chemical Biology!  We have seen six issues, containing 56 high quality articles, and two editorials.

We have chosen some of our favourite covers from all the wonderful artwork that has featured on the journal so far.  Thank you to all the authors who have provided these amazing artworks!

We invite you to join us on Twitter to vote for your favourite cover of the year from the shortlist below.

Click on each of the images for a close-up look of each cover.


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Vol. 1, Issue 1

Dynamic visualization of type II peptidyl carrier protein recognition in pyoluteorin biosynthesis
Joshua C. Corpuz, Larissa M. Podust, Tony D. Davis, Matt J. Jaremko and Michael D. Burkart
RSC Chem. Biol., 2020,1, 8-12; DOI: 10.1039/C9CB00015A


Vol. 1, Issue 3 Inside cover

Labelling of DNA and RNA in the cellular environment by means of bioorthogonal cycloaddition chemistry
Dorothée Ganz, Dennis Harijan and Hans-Achim Wagenknecht
RSC Chem. Biol., 2020,1, 86-97; DOI: 10.1039/D0CB00047G


Vol. 1, Issue 5

Fluorescent macrolide probes – synthesis and use in evaluation of bacterial resistance
M. Rhia L. Stone, Urszula Łapińska, Stefano Pagliara, Muriel Masi, Joanne T. Blanchfield, Matthew A. Cooper and Mark A. T. Blaskovich
RSC Chem. Biol., 2020,1, 395-404; DOI: 10.1039/D0CB00118J


Vol. 2, Issue 2

Short oligoalanine helical peptides for supramolecular nanopore assembly and protein cytosolic delivery
Marta Pazo, Giulia Salluce, Irene Lostalé-Seijo, Marisa Juanes, Francisco Gonzalez, Rebeca Garcia-Fandiño and Javier Montenegro
RSC Chem. Biol., 2021,2, 503-512; DOI: 10.1039/D0CB00103A

The RSC Chemical Biology “Editor’s choice” article collection

The RSC Chemical Biology “Editor’s choice” article collection

The Editor’s choice collection for RSC Chemical Biology celebrates the very best work published in the journal to date, including regularly added articles personally chosen by our world-renowned Editorial Board, as well as those highlighted as “HOT” during the peer review process.



This month, Associate Editor Gonçalo Bernardes is highlighting two exciting papers involving antibodies.

Professor Bernardes’s choices are detailed below. Access the full collection for free.


Leucine-rich alpha-2-glycoprotein 1 (LRG1) as a novel ADC target
Faiza Javaid, Camilla Pilotti, Carlotta Camilli, David Kallenberg, Calise Bahou, Jack Blackburn, James R. Baker, John Greenwood, Stephen E. Moss and Vijay Chudasama
RSC Chem. Biol., 2021, 2, 1206-1220
DOI: 10.1039/D1CB00104C



Finding and characterizing a catalytic antibody light chain, H34, capable of degrading the PD-1 molecule
Emi Hifumi, Hiroaki Taguchi, Tamami Nonaka, Takunori Harada and Taizo Uda
RSC Chem. Biol., 2021, 2, 220-229
DOI: 10.1039/D0CB00155D



After a summer break we were back with Associate Editor Andrea Rentmeister selecting two fantastic articles to highlight.

Professor Rentmeister’s choices are detailed below. Access the full collection for free.


Cell-free riboswitches
Takeshi Tabuchi and Yohei Yokobayashi
RSC Chem. Biol., 2021, 2, 1430-1440
DOI: 10.1039/D1CB00138H

Professor Rentmeister, “Cell-free systems with the ability to carry out complex functions are an important aspect of synthetic biology. This review focuses on cell-free riboswitches, an overview that has been missing so far. It introduces various prokaryotic and eukaryotic systems and highlights their applications.”



Click-based amplification: designed to facilitate various target labelling modes with ultralow background amplification
Jinyi Bai, Fusheng Guo, Mengyao Li, Yulong Li and Xiaoguang Lei
RSC Chem. Biol., 2021, 2, 906-916
DOI: 10.1039/D1CB00002K

Professor Rentmeister, “Bai et al present a versatile strategy to the problem of low signal that is often encountered when biological samples are labeled. In their “click-based amplification” a first azide is clicked to a biotin. Instead of using a regular streptavidin (SA), a modified SA with multiple azido-groups then serves as amplifier, allowing to click multiple biotins and to bind multiple reporter SAs. The authors achieved remarkable fluorescence enhancement in cultured cells and tissue.”



In July, Editorial Board Member Ali Tavassoli selected two of his favourite articles to highlight.

Professor Tavassoli’s choices are detailed below. Access the full collection for free.


Proteolysis targeting chimeras (PROTACs) come of age: entering the third decade of targeted protein degradation
Michael J. Bond and Craig M. Crews
RSC Chem. Biol., 2021, 2, 725-742
DOI: 10.1039/ D1CB00011J

Professor Tavassoli, “PROTACs are an exciting new drug modality that hold much promise as potential therapeutics. This timely review provides an excellent summary of this important field and is a great starting point for those interested in learning more about PROTACs.”



Wheat pathogen Zymoseptoria tritici N-myristoyltransferase inhibitors: on-target antifungal activity and an unusual metabolic defense mechanism
Roman O. Fedoryshchak, Cory A. Ocasio, Benjamin Strutton, Jo Mattocks, Andrew J. Corran and Edward W. Tate
RSC Chem. Biol., 2020, 1, 68-78
DOI: 10.1039/ D0CB00020E

Professor Tavassoli, “This paper is an excellent example of the power and utility of chemical biology and chemical proteomics. The authors identify inhibitors of Z. tritici N-myristoyltransferase, and use these compounds in a chemical proteomics approach to profile the myristolated proteome in Z. tritici. These studies lead to the identification of an unusual mechanism by which the fungus defends itself from NMT inhibitors.”



In June, three exciting articles were chosen by Editorial Board Member Jen Heemstra.

Professor Heemstra’s choices are detailed below.  Access the full collection for free


Interfacing non-enzymatic catalysis with living microorganisms
Joanna C. Sadler, Jonathan A. Dennis, Nick W. Johnson and Stephen Wallace
RSC Chem. Biol., 2021, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/ D1CB00072A

Professor Heemstra, “Chemical catalysis and biocatalysis each have unique advantages and limitations toward the synthesis of high-value compounds. This review highlights recent progress in biocompatible chemistry, which empowers chemists to interface biotic and abiotic catalysts to develop improved synthetic routes.”



An activity-based fluorescent sensor for the detection of the phenol sulfotransferase SULT1A1 in living cells
Regina A. Baglia, Kira R. Mills, Koushambi Mitra, Jasmine N. Tutol, Darby Ball, Kierstin M. Page, Jyothi Kallu, Sriharika Gottipolu, Sheena D’Arcy, Steven O. Nielsen and Sheel C. Dodani
RSC Chem. Biol., 2021, 2, 830-834
DOI: 10.1039/ D0CB00231C

Professor Heemstra, “SULT1 enzymes play important roles in biology and this paper reports the first activity-based probe for an enzyme in this class. The naphthol-based sensor functions in vitro and in live cells, providing a useful tool for drug screening and the study of cellular functions of SULT1A1.”



Synthesis and application of a 19F-labeled fluorescent nucleoside as a dual-mode probe for i-motif DNAs
Wen Ann Wee, Ji Hye Yum, Shingo Hirashima, Hiroshi Sugiyama and Soyoung Park
RSC Chem. Biol., 2021, 2, 876-882
DOI: 10.1039/ D1CB00020A

Professor Heemstra, “Non-canonical DNA structures such as cytosine-rich i-motifs likely have biological importance yet are elusive to study. The authors report a new cytidine analogue that shows increased fluorescence enhancement upon folding and is also compatible with 19F NMR.”



In April Associate Editor Roderich Süssmuth selected two high quality articles to add to the collection.

Below are his choices.  Access the full collection for free.


Biosynthesis of alkyne-containing natural products
Xinyang Li, Jian-Ming Lv, Dan Hu and Ikuro Abe
RSC Chem. Biol., 2021, 2, 166-180
DOI: 10.1039/D0CB00190B

Professor Süssmuth, “A review article was long time due, since the alkyne group is of eminent importance in biological chemistry, particularly as a handle for the click reaction. It is interesting to see, that nature also synthesizes this functionality, which is present in various natural products.”



Intermediary conformations linked to the directionality of the aminoacylation pathway of nonribosomal peptide synthetases
Florian Mayerthaler, Anna-Lena Feldberg, Jonas Alfermann, Xun Sun, Wieland Steinchen, Haw Yang and Henning D. Mootz
RSC Chem. Biol., 2021, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/D0CB00220H

Professor Süssmuth, “The work addresses dynamics of non-ribosomal peptide synthetases. The understanding of the gross architecture of the NRPSs from x-ray structures is now followed in this study to understand the dynamics, an aspect of increasing importance.”



In March it was the turn of Associate Editor Cai-Guang Yang to highlight three of his favourite articles to date.

Below are his choices.  Access the full collection for free.


Labelling of DNA and RNA in the cellular environment by means of bioorthogonal cycloaddition chemistry
Dorothée Ganz, Dennis Harijan and Hans-Achim Wagenknecht
RSC Chem. Biol., 2020, 1, 86-97
DOI: 10.1039/D0CB00047G

Professor Yang, “This review summarizes DNA and RNA labelling by means of bioorthogonal cycloaddition chemistry in the cellular environment. It also describes current status of orthogonal dual and triple labelling of DNA and RNA in vitro to demonstrate the potential in vivo applications for future.”



Macrocyclic peptides that inhibit Wnt signalling via interaction with Wnt3a
Manuel E. Otero-Ramirez, Kyoko Matoba, Emiko Mihara, Toby Passioura, Junichi Takagi and Hiroaki Suga
RSC Chem. Biol., 2020, 1, 26-34
DOI: 10.1039/D0CB00016G

Professor Yang, “By applying a unique RaPID display screening technique, this work reports the first instance of de novo macrocyclic peptides acting as direct binders of a highly hydrophobic and not commonly targeted Wnt protein or similar unstable proteins.”


A live-cell assay for the detection of pre-microRNA–protein interactions
Sydney L. Rosenblum, Daniel A. Lorenz and Amanda L. Garner
RSC Chem. Biol., 2021, 2, 241-247
DOI: 10.1039/D0CB00055H

Professor Yang, “This work reports the efforts in the development of a new approach for detection of RNA–protein interactions (RPIs), RNA interaction with Protein- mediated Complementation Assay (RiPCA). RiPCA could serve as a useful tool for detecting RPIs in live cells.”



February saw Associate Editor Seung-Bum Park has added his choice to the collection.

Below is Professor Park’s choice.  Access the full collection for free.


In vivo delivery of a fluorescent FPR2/ALX-targeted probe using focused ultrasound and microbubbles to image activated microglia
Sophie V. Morse, Tamara Boltersdorf, Tiffany G. Chan, Felicity N. E. Gavins, James J. Choi and Nicholas J. Long
RSC Chem. Biol., 2020, 1, 385-389
DOI: 10.1039/D0CB00140F



In January we launched the collection with 3 papers chosen by our Editorial Chair, Professor Hiroaki Suga, alongside some of our hottest papers published in 2020.

Below are Professor Suga’s choices. Access the full collection for free.


The chemical biology of coronavirus host–cell interactions
Suprama Datta, Erik C. Hett, Kalpit A. Vora, Daria J. Hazuda, Rob C. Oslund, Olugbeminiyi O. Fadeyi and Andrew Emili
RSC Chem. Biol., 2021, 2, 30-46
DOI: 10.1039/D0CB00197J

Professor Suga, “This review timely and comprehensively summarizes the biological events linked to the coronavirus outbreak.”



A thorough analysis and categorization of bacterial interrupted adenylation domains, including previously unidentified families
Taylor A. Lundy, Shogo Mori and Sylvie Garneau-Tsodikova
RSC Chem. Biol., 2020, 1, 233-250
DOI: 10.1039/D0CB00092B

Professor Suga, “The families of interrupted A domains and types of M domains in nonribosomal peptide class of natural products have been categorized. It has illuminated patterns and insights on how to harness them for engineering studies in the future.”


Harnessing the PD-L1 interface peptide for positron emission tomography imaging of the PD-1 immune checkpoint
Kuan Hu, Lin Xie, Masayuki Hanyu, Yiding Zhang, Lingyun Li, Xiaohui Ma, Kotaro Nagatsu, Hisashi Suzuki, Weizhi Wang and Ming-Rong Zhang
RSC Chem. Biol., 2020, 1, 214-224
DOI: 10.1039/D0CB00070A

Professor Suga, “Authors of this paper have developed an impressive PET imaging tool for the most famous immune check point mediated by the PD-1 and PD-L1 interaction, demonstrating not only cell culture and ex vivo detection but also in vivo detection in mice.”


We hope you enjoy reading these articles!


RSC Chemical Biology Desktop Seminar featuring Roderich Süssmuth and Maja Köhn

RSC Desktop Seminars are an ongoing initiative from the Royal Society of Chemistry to bring cutting-edge research directly to you. More than ever, there is a crucial need for sharing research, and connecting our community. This desktop seminar continues the RSC Chemical Biology series, presented by RSC Chemical Biology and featuring presentations from our world-renowned researcher board members.

This webinar will allow researchers of all professional levels to connect and share ideas and ask questions.

RSC Chemical Biology desktop seminar: Register now!

4 February 2021 15:00 – 16:30 GMT / 16:00 – 17:30 CET

  • Opening remarks
  • Ribosomal and non-ribosomal peptides from bacteria and fungi as sources for new antibiotics, Roderich Süssmuth, RSC Chemical Biology Associate Editor
  • RSC Chemical Biology: an innovative home for breakthrough discoveries, Anna RulkaRSC Chemical Biology Executive Editor
  • Peptide-based protein-protein-interaction inhibitors for protein phosphatase-1, Maja Köhn, RSC Chemical Biology Advisory Board member, and Chemcial Science Associate Editor
  • Open discussion/Q&A
  • Closing remarks


Professor Roderich Süssmuth
Roderich Süssmuth is Professor of the Department of Chemistry at the Technical University of Berlin. He received his Diploma in Chemistry (1995) and his PhD in Chemistry (1998) from the Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen. This was followed by a post-doctoral stay at The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla (2000-2001) and an Assistant Professor position with an Emmy-Noether Fellowship at the University of Tübingen (2002-2004). Roderich was appointed to the position of Associate Professor at TU Berlin in 2004, and Full Professor in 2009. Roderich’s research interests are in the fields of peptide chemistry, peptide drugs, medicinal chemistry and the biosynthesis and mode of action of natural products. Roderich serves on various grant committees and has received various awards and recognitions.

Scientific talk: “Ribosomal and non-ribosomal peptides from bacteria and fungi as sources for new antibiotics”


Professor Maja Köhn
Maja Köhn is a Professor for Integrative Signaling Research at the Faculty of Biology, University of Freiburg, Germany. She studied chemistry at the University of Kiel and moved afterwards to the Max-Planck-Institute and the University in Dortmund, where she obtained her PhD under the direction of H. Waldmann in 2005. After Maja’s postdoctoral work with G. L. Verdine at Harvard University, she started her independent career in 2007 as a group leader at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory in Heidelberg, Germany. In 2016 Maja moved to Freiburg for her current position. Research in her group focuses on the development and application of tools using synthetic chemistry and molecular cell biology to study and target phosphatases in health and disease.

Scientific talk: “Peptide-based protein-protein-interaction inhibitors for protein phosphatase-1”


We hope that you can join us for this exciting event.

DECHEMA Advances in Chemical Biology Conference

DECHEMA Advances in Chemical Biology conference: Online, 26-28 January 2021


This upcoming conference boasts an innovative and interactive programme of events: RSC Chemical Biology welcomes you to join.


From expert talks and a virtual exhibition, to lectures by young researchers and ePoster presentations, this promises to be a diverse and inspiring conference. Hot topics will include nucleic acids and proteins, peptides and carbohydrates, targeted synthesis concepts and phenotypic screening. For more information, please visit the conference site.


RSC Chemical Biology is delighted to be sponsoring this event as a media partner and invites you to register here now, and check out our virtual booth and join our Meet the Editor Event. 


Looking forward to seeing you there,

RSC Chemical Biology Team


Tri-Institutional Chemical Biology Symposium

RSC Chemical Biology is proud to be sponsoring the 16th Annual Tri-Institutional Chemical Biology Symposium, which will take place virtually on the 1st of September, 2020, 09:00-18:30 EDT.

This event showcases research at the forefront of chemical biology, and is sponsored and organized by the Tri-Institutional PhD Program in Chemical Biology (TPCB), a joint graduate program of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, The Rockefeller University, and Weill Cornell Medicine in New York City.

Register for this free event here by the 28th of August 2020

Undergraduate students interested in chemical biology are especially encouraged to attend.

Poster submissions are welcomed from all attendees, including early college high school students, undergraduates, postbaccalaureate students, research assistants and technicians, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, research staff, and faculty. Posters will be presented live by video in parallel meeting rooms, and judged by TPCB faculty members and keynote speakers for a selection of poster awards sponsored by TPCB and their promotional partners, including RSC Chemical Biology, Chemical Science and Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry.

For more information, please visit the Tri-Institutional Chemical Biology Symposium event page.

TPCB has been strongly committed to diversity and inclusion since its inception. It welcomes scientists from underrepresented minority groups and disadvantaged backgrounds, and those with disabilities.  It does not tolerate racism, discrimination, or harassment of any kind. All attendees are expected to maintain the highest standards of professional conduct throughout the symposium.