Biography Prof. Dr. Martin D. Witte

Stratingh Institute for Chemistry, Associate Professor of the department of Chemical Biology

 Martin D. Witte (Tanzania, 1981) performed his PhD research under the supervision of Prof. Overkleeft and Prof. van der Marel at Leiden University. He obtained his PhD degree in 2009 for research towards the synthesis and application of chemical probes for glycoconjugate processing enzymes. He was awarded the KNCV Backer prize 2009 for best thesis in Organic Chemistry. After one year postdoctoral research in the same group, he joined the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research, Cambridge, USA to perform postdoctoral research in the group of Prof. Ploegh. In 2013, he started as assistant professor in chemical biology at the University of Groningen. He is a lecturer of several courses and has been a member of the committee academic skills (“academische leerlijn”). For his research, he received several grants such as NWO-Rubicon grant, NWO-VENI grant, Marie Curie Career Integration Grant and recently (2016) a NWO-VIDI grant. At a national level, he is active in several initiatives. He is a lecturer in the course Synthesis Strategies II, which is part of the Netherlands Research School on Chemical Biology Honours programme, and recently became a member of the study groups Design and Synthesis, Biomolecular Chemistry and Medicinal Chemistry. In 2018, he became a Associate Professor and continues his research in the Chemical Biology 2 group.