Team

Timo Nuijens obtained his M.Sc. Drug Innovation at the University of Utrecht in 2007. He performed his Ph.D. project on enzymatic peptide synthesis within DSM Innovative Synthesis B.V. (Geleen) under the supervision of Dr. Peter Quaedflieg (DSM Innovative Synthesis B.V.) and Prof. Rob Liskamp (Univ. Utrecht). His Ph.D. was obtained mid 2012 after which he was jointly responsible for creating the spin-off company EnzyPep B.V. Since then, he has been working as a lead scientist at EnzyPep B.V. and currently holds the position of CSO. He has the responsibility of the scientific development and coordinating the EnzyPep R&D team located at the Brightlands campus.

Ana Toplak received her M.Sc. degree in 2006 from the Chemistry Department at the University of Zagreb (Croatia). After graduation she worked for GlaxoSmithKline R&D in Zagreb as medicinal chemist. In 2008, she joined the group of prof. dr. Dick B. Janssen at the University of Groningen (the Netherlands) where she worked on enzyme engineering focusing on the development of enzymes for peptide ligation. Since July 2015 she is lead biochemist at EnzyPep B.V.

Linda Meekels received her B.Sc. in Biomedical and Biochemical research in 2010 at Zuyd University of Applied Sciences in Heerlen. During her graduation she gained experience in biochemistry and biocatalysis. She performed her pre-master’s in biotechnology at the University in Groningen in 2011. Since 2011 she worked for 6 years as a genetic laboratory technician for Maastricht UMC+. As of April 2017 she joined the EnzyPep team as a biochemistry researcher and lab manager.

Rowin the Visser studied at the faculty of Biomedical Engineering at the Technological University of Eindhoven, where she obtained both her B.Sc. and M.Sc. diploma. During her master, she specialized in Chemical Biology at the group of prof.dr.ir. Luc Brunsveld. Rowin joined EnzyPep B.V. halfway 2017 as a Junior Chemist focussing on peptide synthesis as well as enzyme production and purification. Since 2019 she is also one of the ERO’s of EnzyPep B.V.

Jurgen Mateman received his M.Sc. degree in chemistry from Radboud University Nijmegen in 2017. During his master, he specialized in organic chemistry, and gained experience in the synthesis of small molecules and peptides. In December 2017, he joined EnzyPep working as a junior chemist.

Elvira Wijker graduated as a M.Sc. in Biomedical Engineering at the Eindhoven University of Technology. She performed her master project in the field of protein engineering with prof. dr. M. Merkx, focusing on the development of a photocleavable peptide-dsDNA lock, which could be used to regulate antibody activity. During her research internship with prof. dr. K. Alexandrov at the Institute for Molecular Bioscience from the University of Queensland (Brisbane, Australia), she investigated the activation and inhibition of calcium sensors upon peptide binding. As of February 2018 she joined EnzyPep as a junior chemist.

Inge Janssen started Biomedical Sciences at Maastricht University in 2011, specializing in Molecular Life Sciences. After completing her B.Sc. in 2014, she continued with the master Biomedical Sciences at Maastricht University. During her master thesis she focused on the regulation of skeletal muscle mitochondrial function by microRNAs. After successfully obtaining her M.Sc, in 2016 she worked as a Research Assistant at Syngip, applying different molecular biology and microbiology techniques together with the cultivation and transformation of (an)aerobic bacteria strains. In April 2019 she joined EnzyPep working as a Junior Scientist Biochemistry.

Meniz Altay was born in Edirne, Turkey, in 1988. She received her B.Sc. in 2011 from Middle East Technical University (METU). She obtained her M.Sc. in 2013 from the same university, working on light-triggered hydrogelation of peptides, under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Salih Ozcubukcu. In 2010, she spent 3 months in Ghent University, Belgium, where she worked on solvent-controlled transformation of aziridines to azetidines. In October 2013, she joined Sijbren Otto research group at Rijksuniversiteit Groningen to pursue her Ph.D., working on peptide replication with a dynamic combinatorial approach. After her PhD, she worked as scientist at QPS Netherlands B.V. for a short period of time. In August 2019, she joined EnzyPep B.V. to work as analytical chemist.

Birthe Halmschlag studied Molecular and Applied Biotechnology at RWTH Aachen University. After receiving her M.Sc. degree in 2016, she worked at RWTH Aachen University in the group of Prof. Lars M. Blank within the international research training group SeleCa to obtain her Ph.D. title. Her work focused on Bacillus subtilis strain engineering. In 2017, she spent 3 months in Fukusaki Lab at Osaka University (Japan), where she worked on microbial metabolomics. In August 2019, she joined EnzyPep B.V. as biochemist to work on microbial strain engineering.

Kerstin Wallraven studied Chemical Biology at the Technical University Dortmund and fulfilled her master research at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Physiology, where she focused on stabilized peptides in the group of prof. dr. Tom N. Grossmann. Thereafter she expanded her work in the field of peptidomimetics with antibacterial properties at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam to obtain the Ph.D. degree. End 2019, she joined EnzyPep B.V. at Brightlands Chemelot Campus as a Chemist.