Kurt Hoogewijs is a Lecturer in Medicinal Chemistry and a PI in the Apoptosis Research Centre at NUI Galway. His research is focused on peptides as drug molecules and RNA as novel drug targets, with a particular interest in mitochondrial diseases. This includes synthesis, quality control using HPLC, MS and NMR, and analysis of interactions using biophysical techniques.
He obtained his M.Sc. (2009) and Ph.D. (2014) at Ghent University in the lab of Prof. Annemieke Madder. After a short postdoctoral stay at Karolinska Institute in Stockholm with Prof. Roger Strömberg (2014), he became a research associate in the lab of Prof. Robert Lightowlers at Newcastle University and Wellcome Trust Centre for Mitochondrial Research, and a visiting research associate in the labs of Dr. Michael Gait (MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology) and Dr. Michael Murphy (MRC Mitochondrial Biology Unit, 2014–2017). In 2017, he received an FWO [PEGASUS]² Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship to return to Ghent University to work on peptide-RNA interactions. In 2020 he became a Lecturer in Medicinal Chemistry at NUI Galway.
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