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  • Welcome to Niovi-Georgia!

    We are very happy to welcome our new Greek Msc student Niovi-Georgia Voutsara. She will be working on new bioorganometallic compounds with Harley Betts.

  • What a week for Maria José who had her ChemBioChem highlight article and her Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. article accepted. Congratulations!

  • We are very happy to welcome Marie Huynh and Francisca Figueiredo as new Msc students. Marie will work on an industrial project while Francisca will work on a project on PDT recently funded by the ANR.

  • We are very happy to welcome three new members this week! Diana Melis comes from South Africa where she studied with Prof. Greg Smith at the University of Cape Town. She will undertake a PhD thesis in our group as part of the SCK-CEN PhD programm. This project is a collaboration with Dr. Andrew Burgoyne […]

  • Check out our new article about the encapsulation of a Ru(II)-based PDT photosensitizer in a FDA-approved polymer in ACS Appl. Mat. Interfaces. This encapsulation allows for a significantly higher tumour in vivo. Congrats Johannes! Many thanks once again to Hui Chao for the fantastic collaboration.

  • Welcome Youchao!

    We are happy to welcome our new CSC PhD student Youchao Wang. We wish her all the very best for her 3 years in our group in Paris.

  • Congratulations to Johannes for his latest article accepted in Inorg. Chim. Acta. In this article, which is the result of a collaboration with Olivier Blacque (University of Zurich) and Hui Chao (Sun Yat-Sen University), we could demonstrate the high antiproliferative activity of Cu(II) complexes. This article is dedicated to the memory of Prof. Tara P. […]

  • Welcome to Kallol!

    We are very happy to welcome our new post-doc Kallol Purkait! Enjoy your time in Paris!

  • Welcome to Ivanna!

    We are very happy to welcome our new PhD student Ivanna Amarsy! Ivanna will work on an industrial project with Prof. Sébastien Papot from the University of Poitiers.

  • Congrats to Riccardo for his new article that has been accepted in Chem. Commun. Another great collaboration with Bernhard Spingler from the Department of Chemistry of the University of Zurich (Switzerland).

  • Congratulations to Johannes, who has been recently awarded the ENSCR-René Dabard Award for the best PhD thesis in France. Fantastic achievement! A press release can be found here. https://www.chimieparistech.psl.eu/ecole/actualites/dr-johannes-karges-awarded-with-the-enscr-rene-dabard-prize/

  • Congratulations to Dr. Nancy for her review on the incorporation of Ru(II) polypyridyl complexes into nanomaterials for cancer therapy and diagnosis that has been just accepted in Adv. Mat.

  • Congratulations to Dr. Nancy for her latest article on antimicrobial PDT that has been accepted in Pharmaceutics as part of a special issue on Metal-Based Drugs and Nanostructured Materials: New Trends in Bioactive Systems. Great collaboration with Christophe Thomas, Vincent Sol and Tan-Sothea Ouk.

  • Congratulations to Dr. Marie Flamme and Dr. Nancy Soliman, who recently passed their PhD exams. Marie did her PhD thesis in collaboration with Dr. Marcel Hollenstein at the Pasteur Institute and Nancy in collaboration with Prof. Christophe Thomas at Chimie ParisTech, PSL University. We wish both of them all the very best for their futures.

  • Check out the latest article in Eur. J. Nucl. Med. Mol. Imag. on the 89Zr chelator that our group and the one of Tom Mindt developed, DFO*. It shows its superiority over other chelators. Very promising!

  • Welcome back Asma!

    We are happy to welcome back Asma Mani from Tunis in our group as an exchange PhD student. She will stay until the end of February 2020 thanks to a Tunisian fellowship.

  • Welcome to Maria José!

    We are very happy to welcome Maria José Da Silva from the Gois group in Lisbon for a 6-month exchange in our group. Enjoy your time in Paris.

  • We are very happy to welcome three new people in the group. Maria Dalla Pozza comes for a PhD thesis thanks to an ETN. Diana Diaz-Garcia comes for a 6-week PhD exchange from the group of Prof. Santiago Gomez-Ruiz. João comes for a post-doc thanks to a PSL Qlife grant. He will be working between […]

  • Congratulations to Yih Ching for her paper about antischistomal organometallic compounds that has been just accepted in Chem. Eur. J. This article is the result of a fantastic collaboration with Jennifer Keiser (Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute), Ursula Roethlisberger (EPFL) and Elise Lepeltier (University of Angers).

  • Lots of good news to report for our group. 4 articles were recently accepted in Chem. Eur. J., J. Biol. Inorg. Chem., ChemBioChem and Eur. J. Inorg. Chem. Congratulations to Marie, Yih Ching, Maggie, Joe and Johannes!

  • Congrats to Anna for her editorial that has been just accepted in ChemBioChem. This article is part of the special issue on the 1st workshop on Metals in Medicine in Paris.

  • We are extremely happy to share our latest Nature Commun. article about our in vivo results on ruthenium-based PDT photosensitizers. Check the media release here. Congrats to Johannes and many thanks to our collaborators Hui Chao, Ilaria Ciofini and Olivier Blacque.

  • We have two new Dr. in the group! Congratulations to Dr. Marta Jakubaszek and Dr. Patrick Felder for brilliantly passing their online PhD exams. Many thanks for all your hard work/help and the very best for you for the future! A big thank-you goes to the two jury (Marta: Caroline Maake, Christian Gaiddon, Mélanie Hamon, […]

  • Congratulations to Anna, Marta, Mazzarine and Uttara for their article that has been just accepted in J. Med. Chem. This work on the in vivo studies of a Ru(II) complex is the result of 6 years of work and of collaborations with colleagues from France, Switzerland, Germany and the Czech Republic.

  • Congratulations to Johannes, Franz, Marta, Mazzarine, Chloé and Robin for their paper that has been just accepted in J. Am. Chem. Soc.! This article, which is the result of a very nice collaboration with Prof. Bernhard Spingler (University of Zurich) and Dr. Ilaria Ciofini (Chimie ParisTech, PSL University), reports long-absorbing Ru(II) polypyridyl complexes as PDT […]

  • Fantastic news, our article reporting super cytotoxic Ru(II) polypyridyl complexes has just been accepted in J. Am. Chem. Soc. Congratulations to Anna, Marta, Robin and Patrick and many thanks to our collaborators from Chimie ParisTech, PSL University, Institut Curie and the University of Konstanz for all their help.

  • Welcome to Marta

    We are very happy to welcome our new Marie Curie post-doctoral fellow Marta Martinez Alonso. All the very best in our group!

  • Fantastic news, our work on anticancer polypyridyl complexes has just been published in Chem. Eur. J. Congratulations to Anna and Marta!

  • Welcome to Germain!

    We are very happy to welcome Germain Niogret from the PSL Master Chemistry & Life Sciences, who will be supervised by Dr. Anna Notaro.

  • Fantastic news: our article with Prof. Dani Gibson has been accepted in Angew. Chem. Int. ed. with Prof. Dan Gibson from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Israel). In this paper, we report on a novel bimetallic compound that has a triple action to kill cancer cells, therefore increasing the chance of the success of a […]

  • Congratulations to Nancy, Marta, Johannes and Luke, whose paper has just been published in Chem. Sci. Fantastic collaboration with Christophe Thomas at Chimie ParisTech, Marcel Hollenstein at the Pasteur Institute and Bruno Goud at the Curie Institute. In this paper, we report on a polymerisation method to encapsulate a photosensitizer for photodynamic therapy against cancer. […]

  • Welcome to Lisa Gourdon!

    We are very happy to welcome Lisa Gourdon in our group. Lisa will be working on a new topic related to inorganic chemical biology.

  • We are extremely happy to officially welcome Dr. Kevin Cariou in our group. Kevin is a permanent CNRS researcher, who has decided to join our team to work with us on a new topic related to inorganic chemical biology.

  • Our collaborative work with Prof. Annie Castonguay (INRS) is now out in ChemMedChem! Congratulations to Anna for her hard work. In this article, we describe how certain ruthenium polypyridyl complexes form nanoparticles or aggregates in aqueous solutions although they look completely soluble by the naked eye.

  • Congratulations to Michèle and Franz for their article that has just been accepted in Inorg. Chem. Great collaboration with Prof. Bernhard Spingler from the University of Zurich.

  • Congrats to Sarah, Yih Ching and Yan Lin for their review article that has been just accepted in J. Organomet. Chem. This article is part of the special issue for the ISBOMC that took place in York this year. First article with Kevin Cariou!

  • Congratulations to Patrick and Sarah for their review article that has just been accepted in Adv. Ther. This article reviews the use of polymetallic complexes as photosensitizers for photodynamic therapy. This article be be found here.

  • Our review article entitled “Metal-based Photosensitizers for Photodynamic Therapy: a Part of Future of Multimodal Oncology?” with Sherri McFarland and Theralase accepted in Curr. Op. Chem. Biol.! This invited article is part of the special issue “Next Generation Therapeutics” and be found here.

  • Congratulations Dr. Franz!

    Congratulations to Franz who successfully defended his thesis this Friday. All the very best for your future.

  • The group is very proud to have two new doctors in the group. Congratulations to Dr. Johannes Karges and Dr. Anna Notaro. Thanks for your hard and all the very best for your futures!

  • Congratulations to Mazzarine and Marta for their new article published in Dalton Trans. resulting from a nice collaboration with Prof. Hendrik Visser and Prof. Marietjie Schutte-Smith from the Free State University in South Africa.

  • Our review article with Eszter Boros and Paul Dyson on the classification of metal-based drugs is now out in Chem! Check it out! https://www.cell.com/chem/fulltext/S2451-9294(19)30467-X

  • Welcome to Robin

    We are very happy welcome Dr. Robin Vinck as our new post-doc in our group thanks to a PSL Maturation grant. All the very best for your research! Make it happen as we say in the group 🙂

  • Our first ever Nature Chem. article has been accepted. Fantastic collaboration with Prof. Peter Sadler, Prof. Hui Chao and Dr. Olivier Blacque. Congrats to Huaiyi and Sami! You can read more on this subject in the press release here

  • Welcome to Asma!

    We are very happy to welcome Asma from INSAT in Tunis for a 4-month internship! Enjoy your time in France!

  • Welcome to Ginés!

    We warmly welcome Ginés M. Esteban from the groups of Prof. Miguel Quiros and Prof. Manuel Sanchez from the University of Granada. Ginés will stay for 3 months in our group.

  • Very good news for the group! Two patent applications have been just filed. Expect a few papers to be published in the near future! Congratulations to Anna, Angelo, Riccardo, Franz, Marta, Chloé, Johannes and Malay!

  • Congratulations to Marta and Johannes for their recent article accepted in ChemBioChem! This article is the result of a fruitful collaboration with Dr. Kristof Zarschler, Dr. Holger Stephan (both at the Helmholtz Centre Dresden-Rossendorf) and Dr. Bruno Goud (Institut Curie, PSL University).

  • Congratulations to Johannes for his two articles that have just been accepted in Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. and Eur. J. Inorg. Chem.! Both papers are the results of collaborative work with Prof. Hui Chao (Sun-Yat Sen University) and Dr. Olivier Blacque (University of Zurich).

  • Video of our group!

    You can know more about our research group thanks to this video! Enjoy 🙂 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MaTWpSzmXc0#action=share

  • Congratulations to Johannes and Marta for their paper that has just been accepted in J. Inorg. Biochem. as part an invited contribution for the virtual issue on the 9th Asian Bioinorganic Chemistry Conference (AsBIC-9) in Singapore. This article is the result of our great collaboration with Philippe Goldner (Chimie ParisTech, PSL University) and Bruno Goud Review Article just accepted in Drug Discov. Today Technol.

    Congratulations to Yih Ching for her review article that has just been accepted in Drug Discov. Today Technol.

  • VIP Article!

    Congratulations to Johannes – his ChemBioChem has been made a VIP paper! An highlight is also available in ChemistryViews: https://www.chemistryviews.org/details/ezine/11157533/Light-Activated_Ruthenium-Arene_Anticancer_Drugs.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

  • Congratulations to Marta and Johannes for their paper that has just been accepted in Helv. Chim. Acta. This article is the result of a nice collaboration with Fabio Zobi (University of Fribourg, Switzerland) and Bruno Goud (Institut Curie, France) on the biological evaluation of Ru-B12 conjugates.

  • Welcome to James!

    We are very happy to welcome James Ng from NTU in Singapore. James will work in our group with Dr. Kevin Cariou on the synthesis of organometallic compounds with antifungal activity. Good luck!

  • Our collaborative article with Prof. Paul Dyson (EPFL, Switzerland) has just been accepted in ChemBioChem! This article is part of a special issue in this journal for the 1st Workshop Metals in Medicine that will be held at Chimie ParisTech in November 2019.

  • Congratulations to Johannes and Franz for their paper which has just been accepted in Bioorg. Med. Chem. This article is the result of a nice collaboration with Ilaria Ciofini, Olivier Blacque and Bernhard Spingler.

  • Our review with Prof. Christophe Thomas from Chimie ParisTech on the encapsulation of ruthenium complexes for biological and medicinal applicaiton is now out in Nature Rev. Chem. Congratulations to Elise and Yih Ching.

  • Exciting news: our 89Zr chelator DFO*-NCS developed with Prof. Thomas Mindt is now commercially available from ABX Advanced Biochemical Compounds! http://www.abx.de/chemicals/7272.html …

  • Our collaborative article with Raluca Malacea Kabbara, Pierre Le Gendre and Ewen Bodio from the University of Burgundy about the photo-activation of Ru(II)-arene complexes is now out in Polyhedron. This article is part on a special issue on the occasion of the 65th birthday of Prof. Akhil R. Chakravarty. Check it here.

  • Welcome to Lauren!

    We are very happy to welcome Lauren Fernandez Vega from the University Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras as an exchange PhD student. Lauren comes from the group of Prof. Arthur Tinoco and has received a very prestigious Chateaubriand Fellowship to join our group. Enjoy your stay in France!

  • Welcome Nicolas!

    We are very happy to welcome our new Msc student Nicolas Berenguer who will be working on the preparation of new chelators for radioimaging.

  • Welcome to Mazzarine!

    We are very happy to welcome our Msc student Mazzarine Dotou from the PSL Chemical Frontiers of Living Matter who starts today an internship in our group. Mazzarine will work on the understanding of the mode of action of Ru(II)-based drug candidates.

  • As part of our End of Year Celebrations, we went first ice skating. Kudo to Lin Yan, Anna and Max who were skating for this first time. We had then a cheese fondue. Pictures of the evening are available here

  • Great honour for Gilles who joins the Editorial Advisory Board of J. Biol. Inorg. Chem.

  • Congratulations to Johannes for his latest article accepted in Inorganics. This paper reporting on the use of Fe(II) complexes as anticancer agents and PDT photosensitizers is the result of a nice collaboration with Dr. Philippe Goldner from Chimie ParisTech, PSL University, CNRS, Institut de Recherche de Chimie ParisTech.

  • Congratulations to Yih Ching and Saonli for their review that has just been accepted in Chem. Rev. on the use of metal complexes against Neglected Tropical Diseases. This is a review with our esteemed colleague Prof. Phil Andrews from Monash University (Australia).

  • Interview of Sarah!

    A nice interview of our new post-doc can be found here!

  • Interview of Gilles!

    You can find a little interview of Gilles here

  • Our article with Prof. Jennifer Keise has just been accepted in Parasites & Vectors. Congratulations to Valentin and Jeannine. If you want to see very cool SEM images of schistosomes “attacked” by organometallic compounds, then just look https://parasitesandvectors.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s13071-018-3132-x

  • Welcome to Sarah!

    We are very happy to welcome our first Alexander von Humboldt post-doc Sarah Keller. Sarah has just finished a PhD thesis with Prof. Ed Constable at the University of Basel (Switzerland). Sarah will work on the preparation of organometallic compounds as antiparasitic agents.

  • Our work on the encapsulation of Re(I)-based PDT photosensitizers into core-crosslinked star polymer nanoparticles with Mikey Whittaker and Thomas Davis from  Monash University (Australia) and Stefano Ferrari from the University of Zurich (Switzerland) is now out in J. Mat. Chem. B.

  • Congratulations to Marta for her review article that has been accepted in Chem. Commun.!

  • Our article on the utilisation of ferrocenyl derivatives of mefloquine against schistosomiasis is now out in MedChemComm! It is really great to collaborate with Prof. Jennifer Keiser! Congrats to Faustine, Jeannine, Gordana, Lea and Marta!

  • Welcome to Max!

    We are very happy to welcome our new Msc student Maximilian Fellert who is arriving from the Ludwig-Maximilians University in Munich (Germany). Max will work with Anna on the preparation of novel ruthenium-based anticancer drug candidates.

  • Welcome to Yan Lin!

    A big welcome to our new PhD student Yan Lin (middle of the picture). Yan Lin, who comes from China, will work on the preparation of novel antiparasitic drug candidates. We thank the CSC for providing her with a scholarship.

  • Our collaborative article with Prof. Katja Heinze has just been accepted in Eur. J. Inorg. Chem. This paper reports the utilization of cheap, stable and easy-to-prepare Cr(III) complexes as PDT photosensitizers. Congratulations to Uttara and Sven.

  • Gilles received the European Bioinorganic Chemistry Medal in recognition for his exceptional contribution to the ield of bioinorganic chemistry on the 30th of August 2018 in Birmingham. This medal is given to a scientist in his early career and who is working in a laboratory of a European country.

  • Welcome to Prof. Muntenau!

    We are very happy to welcome Prof. Cristina Muntenau from Carol Davila University for a three-month visit in our labs in Paris, financially supported by l’Institut Français de Roumanie. Enjoy your stay in France!

  • Excellent news, our collaborative article with Prof. Santiago Gómez-Ruiz reporting the use of mesopours silica nanoparticles functionalised with a Ru(II) complex for PDT applications is now out in Dalton Trans.!

  • Congratulations to Marie and Emma for their review article on the applications of ruthenium complexes covalently linked to nucleic acid derivatives which has been accepted in Molecules. This is the first article with the Hollenstein Lab at the Pasteur Institute.

  • There is an open post-doc position between the Thomas group and ours. Please see ad below. Post-Doc Ad

  • Interview of Gilles

    Watch the interview of Gilles at the University of Burgos! https://youtu.be/le2qzvAp-vI

  • Congratulations to Marie and Maggie for their article which has just been accepted in J. Nucl. Med. This is the result of our long-standing collaboration with Prof. Thomas Mindt.

  • Welcome to Joe!

    We are very happy to welcome Joe Cowell, our new post-doc from the UK. Joe will be working on the preparation of novel chelators for 89Zr in collaboration with Prof. Thomas Mindt at the Medical University in Vienna (Austria).

  • Excellent news, Gilles was among the top 5% of the reviewers for Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. in 2017!

  • Welcome to Luke!

    We are very happy to welcome Dr. Luke McKenzie, who is starting a post-doc between the group of Dr. Marcel Hollenstein at the Pasteur Institute and ours at Chimie ParisTech, PSL University. Luke is financed by the ARC Foundation (Agence de la Recherche contre le Cancer).

  • Congratulations to our previous lab members Saonli and Malay for the arrival of their baby son Somrik. Best wishes to the three of them!

  • Johannes and Gilles are currently spending 4 days in Stanford as part of a collaboration with the group of Prof. Hongjie Dai. This stay is funded by the France-Stanford Center for Interdisciplinary Studies and PSL University.

  • We are very happy to communicate that our review article in honour of our esteemed colleague and friend the late Prof. Leone Spiccia has been accepted in ChemPlusChem. This article written in collaboration with Dr. Tanmaya Joshi and Dr. Holger Stephan (Dresden-Rossendorf Helmholtz Research Centre, Germany) describes the applications of the ligand tacn in biomimicry […]

  • We are very happy to welcome Prof. Dr. Emilio Viñuelas Zahínos from the University of Extremadura as an invited Professor. Emilio will spend the next 5 months in our group working on the preparation of novel PDT photosensitizers. Enjoy your time in Paris!

  • Welcome to Divya

    A warm welcome to Divya who is starting a Msc thesis between the groups of Mélanie Hamon (Pasteur Institute), Marcel Hollenstein (Pasteur Institute) and our group. A big thank you to the Pasteur Institute and Chimie ParisTech for providing a fellowship to Divya!

  • We warmly welcome our two new students Clara Berg from the University of Maastricht and Chloé Subecz from Chimie ParisTech. Enjoy your time in our labs!

  • Welcome to Germain!

    We are happy to welcome our new Msc student Germain Martinez who will be working on the preparation of novel chelators for 89Zr.

  • Season’s Greetings

    The Gasser group wishes everyone all the very best for the festive season and coming year 2018 (you must click on the “season’s greetings” link to see the picture!)

  • Excellent news before Xmas, our article with Nick Tonks from  Cold Spring Harbour Laboratory has been accepted in J. Biol. Chem. Congratulations to Nava and Konstantis!

  • Mélanie Hamon (Pasteur Institute), Marcel Hollenstein (Pasteur Institute) and the Gasser Group are looking for a student for a 6-month internship in the field of biochemistry – see position advertised below. Internship Offer

  • Congratulations to Manon and Maggie for their paper which has just been accepted in Dalton Trans. This article, which is the result of our long-standing collaboration with Prof. Thomas Mindt, reports the preparation of a water-soluble chelator for 89Zr, which can be synthesised on the solid-phase.

  • Congrats to Franz & Johannes for their article in Acc. Chem. Res. on the use of Ru(II) polypyridyl complexes as photosensitizers in photodynamic therapy

  • You can see the pictures of our Chem. Soc. Rev. Apero here. Anna still needs a bit of practise to open Champagne bottles 🙂

  • Congratulations to Anna for her review article which has been just accepted in Chem. Soc. Rev. This review summarizes the recent advances in the use of inert Ru(II) polypyridyl complexes as anticancer agents!

  • Welcome Marie!

    A warm welcome to Marie Flamme who is starting a PhD thesis between the group of Marcel Hollenstein at the Pasteur Institute and ours! Good luck Marie!

  • Welcome to Yih Ching!

    We are extremely happy to welcome our new post-doc Dr. Yih Ching Ong. Yih Ching has just finished her PhD thesis with Prof. Phil Andrews at Monash University (Melbourne, Australia). She will be working on the synthesis and biological evaluation of novel antiparasitic drug candidates.

  • Welcome to Nancy!

    We are very happy to welcome Nancy Soliman who will undertake a PhD thesis between the group of Prof. Christophe Thomas and ours!

  • Congratulations to Jeannine and Gordana whose latest paper published in ACS Infect. Dis. has been highlighted in Chem. Res. Tox. Read the highlight here!

  • Congratulations to Malay, whose review article about the medicinal chemistry of ferrocene and its derivatives has been published in Nature Rev. Chem.!

  • Welcome to Uttara!

    We welcome Dr. Uttara Basu, who is joining our labs for a post-doc. All the very best for your research. Enjoy Paris!

  • Welcome to Emma!

    We are happy to welcome Emma Clarke, a BSc student from the University of Glasgow. Emma will work on a project between the group of Dr. Marcel Hollenstein at the Pasteur Institute and our group at Chimie ParisTech.

  • We are very happy to welcome Dr. Elise Villemin who is joining the group of Prof. Christophe Thomas and ours! Enjoy your time at Chimie ParisTech!  

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  • Excellent news, the latest article of Jeannine and Huaiyi published in Chem. Eur. J. has been highlighted in ChemistryViews. You can read the highlight here.

  • CONGRATULATIONS to Phuc who has just been awarded a very prestigious Alexander von Humboldt Award to join the group of Prof. Oliver Seitz at the Humboldt University in Berlin.

  • Good news, our work on the biological evaluation of organometallic derivatives of oxamniquine has been accepted in ACS. Infec. Dis. This paper is the resut of our long-standing collaboration with Prof. Jennifer Keiser (University of Basel, Switzerland).

  • Since the 1st of July 2017, Gilles is President of the European Platform for Photodynamic Medicine (EPPM). This association aims at bringing clinicians and fundamental scientists together to advance further the use of Photodynamic Therapy and Photodiagnosis in Europe.

  • Congratulations to Phuc and Michèle for their paper, which has just been accepted in Inorg. Chem. This article is the result of a nice collaboration with Prof. Hui Chao (Sun Yat-Sen University, China), with Prof. Ben Boyd and Prof. Bim Graham (Monash University, Australia) and Prof. Michael Seitz (University of Tübingen, Germany).

  • Excellent news, our paper written in collaboration with Dr. Julien Furrer and Prof. Andrew Hemphill (University of Berne, Switzerland) has been accepted in Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy. This paper reports on the utilization of organometallic compounds to treat the parasitic disease Toxoplasma, which affects one third of the world population.

  • Welcome to Maggie!

    We are very happy to welcome our new post-doc from Australia, Maggie Auselbrook, who will be working on the 89Zr project in collaboration with Prof. Thomas Mindt from the Ludwig Boltzmann Institut in Vienna (Austria)!

  • Welcome to Pamela!

    We warmly welcome Pamela Torres, who will help our group with all administrative duties. Welcome to our group!

  • Excellent news, our paper written in collaboration with the group of Prof. Hui Chao has just been accepted as a Very Important Paper (VIP). Big congratulations to Jeannine, Huaiyi, Adrian and Vanessa!

  • Excellent news, our collaborative paper with the group of Dr. David Haylock from the CSIRO (Clayton, Australia) has just been accepted in ChemistrySelect. Congratulations to Eu-jun and Cristina!

  • Yesterday, Gilles was in Zurich to receive the Ernest Th. Jucker Prize 2016 from the Ernest Th. Jucker Foundation, Thalwil, Switzerland, in recognition for the work of his group on the development of novel metal complexes for the treatment and diagnosis of cancer. This Foundation was founded in 1976 following the last will of Dr. […]

  • Welcome to Marta!

    Welcome to our new PhD student Marta, who will be the biologist of our new team! Enjoy your time in Paris!

  • Welcome to Scandeur!

    Welcome to our Scandeur Dahklaoui, who has started his Master thesis in our group in collaboration with the group of Prof. Clotilde Policar at the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Paris, PSL Research University.

  • Great honour for our group! Gilles has been recognized as an outstanding reviewer for the prestigious journal Chem. Sci. in 2016. Only 10 scientists worldwide have received such a certificate.

  • Welcome to Michèle!

    We warmly welcome Michèle Clerc, who starts today a Msc thesis at the University of Zurich in the group of Prof. Bernhard Spingler in collaboration with our group in Paris. All the very best for your research Michele!

  • Welcome to Patrick!

    A very warm welcome to your new PhD student Patrick Felder, who has recnetly finished his Msc studies at the University of Zurich (Switzerland). Enjoy your scientific project and your new life in Paris!

  • Excellent news, our collaborative paper with Prof. Adoracion G. Quiroga (Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Spain) and Prof. Antonio Rocha Paulo (University of Lisbon, Portugal) has been accepted in Dalton Trans.

  • Congratulations to Severin Jeger and Severin Koch, also known as the Severins! They successfully passed their respective Master exam on Monday in Zurich. Thanks a lot for your hard work and good luck for your job search!

  • Welcome to Ryad!

    Welcome to Ryad, our first Msc student in Paris! Ryad will undertake his internship in co-supervision with Prof. Christophe Thomas from Chimie ParisTech.

  • Welcome to Anna!

    We are very happy to welcome our new Italian PhD student Anna Notaro! Enjoy your time in Paris preparing novel Ru(II) complexes 🙂

  • Excellent news before Christmas. Our collaborative work with Dr. Markus Gallei from the Technical University Darmstadt (Germany) and Prof. Ingo Ott (Technical Universtiy Braunschweig) has led to a nice publication in Polym. Chem. Congratulations to Cristina!

  • Congratulations to Giuliana, Cristina and Riccardo for their new paper, which has been just accepted in ChemistrySelect. This article is the result of a fruitful collaboration with Dr. Teresa Gianferrara from the University of Trieste (Italy).

  • Excellent news before Christmas, our paper written in collaboration with Prof. Hui Chao (Sun Yat-Sen University, China) and Prof. Clément Mazet (University of Geneva, Switzerland) has been accepted in J. Organomet. Chem. as part of a special issue on the 8th International Symposium on Bioorganometallic Chemistry, which was held this year in Moscow. Congratulations for Front Cover in Chem. Soc. Rev.!

    Excellent news, our recent article in Chem. Soc. Rev. has been rewarded with the front cover of its issue! Thanks a lot to the Rossendorf Team to make this possible!

  • The group in Paris is now building up. Franz Heinemann and Johannes Karges have started their PhD thesis this morning. Good luck and make it happen !!!

  • Congratulations to Jeannine for her new article, which has been accepted today in Dalton Trans.! This paper is the result of a nice collaboration with Prof. Robin Gasser (The University of Melbourne).

  • Congratulations to Malay and Jeannine for their excellent work!

  • Congratulations to Jeannine, whose article has been just accepted in Chem. Eur. J. This paper, which reports on the evaluation of organometallic compounds against animal parasites, is the results of an important academic and industrial collaboration with the groups of Prof. Robin Gasser (The University of Melbourne), Erik Jorgensen (Howard Hughes Medical Institute, University of Article accepted Bioconj. Chem.!

    Congratulations to Riccardo for his article, which has just been accepted in Bioconjugate Chem. This paper is the result of a nice collaboration with Dr. Sylvie Fournel and Dr. Stéphane Bellemin-Laponnaz (both at the University of Strasbourg) and Prof. Gilles Guichard (University of Bordeaux).

  • Congratulations to Cristina and Huaiyi for their article, which has just been accepted in Eur. J. Inorg. Chem. as part of a special issue on Metal Anticancer Drugs. This paper is the result of a nice collaboration with Prof. Hui Chao (Sun Yat-Sen University, China) and Prof. Frank Würthner (University of Würzburg, Germany).

  • Congratulations to Dr. Jeannine Hess, who brilliantly passed her exam! Thanks once again for your hard work. We are very pleased that you stay for a few more months in our group before going for a post-doc at the University of Cambridge.

  • We welcome our new post-doc Dr. Saonli Roy, who is joining our group until the end of February 2017! Enjoy your time in Zurich and good luck with your experiments!

  • Congratulations to Vanessa, whose article reporting the in-depth biological investigation of the mode of the action of a Ru(II) polypyridyl complex upon light irradiation, has been just accepted in Chem. Sci. This article is the result of another successful collaboration with our long-standing colleague Stefano Ferrari. Champagne will be served soon!

  • Very good news for the group. Our J. Med. Chem. article from 2014 is the highly cited article of the year of this journal. Congratulations to Angelo and Riccardo!

  • Another good news with the acceptance of a collaborative paper with Prof. Roger Alberto (University of Zurich) in Dalton Trans.! Congratulations to Sebastian and Vanessa for their new article!

  • Excellent news, our article written in collaboration with Felix Zelder (University of Zurich) and Hui Chao (Sun Yat-Sen University) has been accepted today in ChemBioChem! Congratulations to Namita and Huaiyi for their new paper!

  • We are extremely happy to welcome Prof. Dr. Emilio Vinuelas Zahinos from the University of Extramadura, who will stay in our group for a month. Welcome to Zurich!

  • Excellent news, Gilles joins the editorial board of Inorganics. Inorganics is a new open access journal that covers all aspects of inorganic chemistry research. It provides a forum for papers that advance the most current and exciting developments across all areas of inorganic chemistry and report burgeoning research topics. It is published online quarterly by […]

  • Congratulations to Anna, Cristina and Christine for their paper, which has been just accepted in Organometallics. In this communication, we report on the first selective photo-release of an organometallic-based enzyme inhibitor. Great job

  • Congratulations to Riccardo for his paper on the use of organometallic compounds to fight fungal infections, which has just been accepted in Dalton Trans.! Great job Riccardo!

  • Our group is becoming larger and larger with the arrival today of our two new Msc. students Severin Koch and Severin Jeger. Good luck for these 9 months in our group. Make it happen!

  • Another good news to share: our article reporting the imaging of a Cr(CO)3 complex in schistosomes has been accepted today in ChemBioChem. This article is the result of a nice collaboration with Prof. Clotilde Policar (Ecole Normale Supérieure de Paris) and Prof. Jennifer Keiser (Swiss Tropical and Health Institute in Basel).

  • Excellent news for the group with the award of an European Research Council (ERC) Consolidator Grant (2’000’000 €) for Gilles! This will allow our group to work for 5 years on the use of Ru(II) polypyridine complexes in medicine. The official press release from the ERC can be read here and the one from the […]

  • Excellent news with the acceptance of a manuscript in Molecules as part of a special issue on photoresponsive drugs. This article is the result of a nice collaboration with our Australian colleagues Kellie Tuck and Bim Graham.

  • Welcome to our two new Master students Faustine d’Orchymont from Paris (France) and Franz Heinemann from Hamburg (Germany). Welcome to Zurich and good luck for your thesis in our labs!

  • Another good news at the beginning of this year with the acceptance of an article in Inorg. Chem.! This paper is the result of a nice collaboration with Kellie Tuck and Bim Graham from Monash University in Australia.

  • Excellent news, the paper with Prof. Alberto from the Department of Chemistry of the University of Zurich has just been accepted in Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. Congratulations to Sebastian, Vanessa and Riccardo!

  • Excellent news, the paper with Prof. Sanja Grguric-Spika from the University of Belgrade (Serbia) about the biological evaluation of novel Ru(II)-arene complexes has been accepted in J. Inorg. Biochem. This is a special issue for the COST Action CM1105. Congratulations to Stefan and Loganathan!

  • Two excellent news!

    Two excellent news at the beginning of 2016 to share! Our collaborative article with Prof. Henning Jessen (University of Freiburg, Germany), Prof. Carsten Schultz (EMBL Heidelberg, Germany) and Prof. Paul A. Wender (Stanford University, USA) has been accepted in Nature Commun. Congratulations to Philipp! In addition, an invited article from Inorg. Chem. Frontiers for the […]

  • Excellent news, Gilles has been included in the ACS Select Virtual List on Emerging Investigators in Bioinorganic Chemistry. Read more here. An editorial by Prof. Janet Morrow can be found here.  

  • Last weekend in London, Gilles has been elected vice-President of the European Platform for Photodynamic Medicine (EPPM). This organisation aims to bring together scientists and clinicians for the furtherance of photodynamic medicine (PDT).

  • Congratulations to Elisa and Luciano for successfully passing their Master thesis exam. Good luck to you two for your future endeavours!

  • Xmas dinner photos!

    If you want to see a few pics of our Xmas dinner, you can click on this link! Thanks a lot to Cristina for the superbe organisation! Note that you can see on these pics that heating/stirring plates are not only useful in chemical labs…

  • Welcome back Malay!

    We are extremely happy to welcome back Malay in our labs after two years at the MIT. Malay will take a senior position in our group.

  • Excellent news, Gilles has been chosen as one of the Thieme Chemistry Journal Awardees for 2015 by the the editorial boards of Synlett, Synthesis, and Synfacts. This award is given to promising young professors at the beginning of their career.

  • Gilles has just joined the Editorial Advisory Board of ChemBioChem. During the next 5 years, Gilles will do his best to increase even further the visibility and attractivness of this journal.

  • Excellent news, a paper has just been accepted in Bioconjugate Chem. This article describing the preparation and biological evaluation of 99mTc-containing doxorubicin conjugates is the result of a collaboration with Prof. Roger Alberto from our the department of chemistry of the University of Zurich.

  • Excellent news, a paper has just been accepted in Inorg. Chim. Acta. This article reporting on the synthesis and biological evaluation of Ru(II) polypyridyl complexes upon light activation will be published in a special issue dedicated to the late Prof. Karen Brewer, who recently sadly passed away.

  • Welcome to Manon who has just joined our group today as a new PhD student. Manon will work on the preparation of novel chelator for 89Zr as part of a collaboration with Prof. Thomas Mindt from the ETHZ. Good luck!

  • Congratulations to Anna and Philipp whose article has been just accepted by Inorg. Chem. In this paper, we present the photo-release of aminoferrocene from “cages” to induce toxicity in cancer cells.

  • Congratulations to Huaiyi whose paper has just been accepted by Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. as a VIP article! This paper, which is the result of an active collaboration with Prof Hui Chao (Sun Yat-Sen University, China) reports on a highly positively charged Ru(II) polypyridyl complex that can efficiently kill 3D HeLa multicellular tumor spheroids using […]

  • Congratulations to Seraina who just passed her Master exam! A big thank-you for your terrific work in the group, which lead to very nice publications. All the best for the end of your Master.

  • Excellent news, the UBS Promedica Stiftung and the Forschungskredit of the University of Zurich have decided to financially support our research. This will allow for Riccardo to stay longer in our labs! A big thank-you to these fundations.

  • Welcome Mariangela!

    Welcome to Mariangela, our first student from Sicily! Mariangela will stay in our labs for 6 months as part of an exchange with Prof. Giampaolo Barone from the University of Palermo!

  • Excellent news, two new articles of our group have been just accepted in ChemMedChem and Photochem. Photobiol. Sci. Congratulations to Giuliana and Philipp! The first one is a collaboration with Teresa Gianferrara and Enzo Alessio (University of Trieste, Italy) as well as Ramon Vilar (Imperial College London, UK). It describes the potential in photodynamic therapy […]

  • Welcome to our new exchange PhD student Huaiyi Huang from the group of Prof. Hui Chao at Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou (China)! Huaiyi will work on the preparation and evaluation of novel metal complexes for PDT applications. Good luck Huaiyi!

  • Excellent news, our research has been hightlighted on the website of the University of Zurich (see link) and of Bionity (see link)!

  • Our recently accepted Chem. Sci. article has just been highlighted by the Helmholtz Association. Read the press release here.

  • Two collaborative articles with the group of Prof. Hui Chao at Sun Yat-Sen University (Guangzhou, China) have been accepted in Biomaterials. In the first article, we report on the in vitro and in vivo detection of sulfur dioxide using an organometallic iridium(III) complex. In the second article, we describe the preparation and characterisation of gold […]

  • Excellent news, our article written in collaboration with the groups of Dr. Holger Stephan at the Helmholtz Research Centre Dresden-Rossendorf and Prof. Nils Metzler-Nolte at the Ruhr-University Bochum has been just accepted in Chem. Sci. In this article, the successful tumor pretargeting approach using PNA radiolabeled with 99mTc and complementary PNA linked to the antibody […]

  • Congratulations to Dr. Cristina Mari, who brilliantly passed her exam! Thanks once again for your hard work. We are very pleased that you stay for a few more months in our group!

  • Congratulations to Anita for the inside cover of her ChemBioChem paper. A big thank-you to Philipp, who prepared the picture, which can be seen here.

  • Congratulations to Cristina, Vanessa and Anna for their new paper, which has just been accepted in Eur. J. Inorg. Chem.! In this paper, we could demonstrate that a series of Ru(II) polypyridyl complexes could be selectively released from different bioconjugates in living cells upon light irradiation. Importantly, we could show that the presence of a […]

  • Congratulations to Cristina and Jeannine who were just awarded two travel grants from the Graduate School to attend two conference. Cristina just went to Canada (5th Georgiean Bay International Conference on Bioinorganic Chemistry) and Jeannine will go to the US in August (250th ACS National Meeting in Boston). In addition, Jeannine also just received another […]

  • Congratulations to Riccardo and his wife Franziska for the arrival of their baby boy Raphael! All the very best to the newly extended Rubbiani’s family.

  • Congratulations to Philipp and Anna for their new paper, which has just been accepted in ChemPhysChem. In this article, we reply to a recent commentary from Dr. Trentham and colleagues following our article published in the same journal about the determination of quantum yield of caged phosphate. A BIG thank-you to Dr. Ellia Janett and […]

  • Congratulations to Dr. Vanessa Pierroz! Thanks once again for all the hard work you have performed. We are very happy that you stay for a few more months in our group! Congratulations to Murat from the Ferrari’s group too who passed his PhD thesis on the same day than you.

  • Welcome to our new Australian post-doc Phuc Ung! Phuc, who was awarded his PhD thesis from Monash University (Australia) in the group of our collaborator Bim Graham will work on the preparation, characterization and biological evaluation of novel theranostic compounds.

  • Congratulations to Anita and Susi for their paper, which has just been accepted by ChemBioChem. This article is the result of a nice collaboration with Prof. Roland Sigel on the use of PNA to internally label large RNA in the view of SmFRET measurements.

  • Welcome to our new COST exchange PhD student Stefan Nikolic from the group of Prof. Sanja Grguric-Sipka at the University of Belgrade (Serbia).

  • Welcome to our two new Master students Elisa Fusini and Luciano Mastrobuoni! Elisa will work on the preparation and biological evaluation of novel Ru(II) polypyridyl complexes while Luciano will investigate the potential of new organometallic complexes as antiparasitic agents.

  • Congratulations to Jeannine, whose review article on the potential of organometallic compounds as novel antischistosomal drug candidates against has just been accepted in the special issue of Future Med. Chem. on schistosomiasis.

  • Cristina’s invited article on the potential of Ru(II) complexes in light therapy has been just accepted in Chimia. This short review presents the recent advances of our group on the use of such complexes in this field of research. Congratulations!

  • Congratulations to Cristina and Vanessa who just had a review article accepted in Chem. Sci.This article reports on the most recent achievements in the application of Ruthenium complexes as Photosensitizers and as photoactivatable prodrugs. Great work! Champagne to come soon!!!

  • Congratulations to Sandra who just passed her Master exam! A big thank-you for your terrific work in the group. All the best for your follow-up studies to become a teacher.

  • Yesterday took place our Xmas party dinner. A big thank-you to Cristina for organising the events and to everyone who brought delicious food from everywhere in the world! Pictures are available here!

  • PhD position available!

    There is currently a PhD scholarship available in our group as part of a collaborative project with Prof. Thomas Mindt from the University Hospital in Basel. The job advertisement can be found here.

  • Excellent news, our recent Chem. Commun. article, which was a collaboration with the group of Prof. Thomas Mindt from the University Hospital in Basel has just been highlighted in Chimia!

  • Congratulations to Lea who just passed her Master exam! Good on you! Thanks a lot for your hard work in the group. Fingers crossed that the biological results of your compounds will be interesting. All the best for your follow-up studies to become a teacher.

  • Very nice recognition for the group, Gilles is awarded the Werner Prize from the Swiss Chemical Society (for more info, see this link). Gilles will give a lecture in Basel on the occasion of the Swiss Chemical Society Spring Meeting on the 24th of April 2015. Thanks to all present and past members of the […]

  • Welcome back to Giuliana, who is coming back to Zurich for a 3-month exchange as part of a short-term mission from the European Consortium COST Action CM1105. Giuly, watch out the koalas!

  • Congratulations to Loganathan and his wife Kiruthika for the safe arrival of their baby boy on the 29th of October in India! All the best to the extended Rangasamy family!

  • Congratulations to Dr. Philipp Anstaett! Thanks once again for all the hard work you have performed during your PhD thesis. All the best for your future!

  • Two nice collaborations with PD Dr. Bernhard Spingler and Dr. Koushik Venkatesan have led to two articles, which have just been accepted by Chem. Eur. J. and ChemMedChem, respectively. Congratulations to Cristina and Riccardo!

  • Congratulations to Malay and Vanessa for their new paper which has been just accepted in Chem. Sci. This work is the result of a nice collaboration with Nils Metzler-Nolte (Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany)! In this article, an in-depth organometallic structure-activity study was performed to understand the role of each organometallic moiety present in a triorganometallic-containing drug […]

  • Our group is getting fresh blood with the arrival today of two new post-docs, namely Loganathan and Konstantis. Both of them are recipients of a Swiss Government Federal Excellence Schloarship. Welcome!

  • Congratulations again to Cristina who won yesterday a third consecutive award, this time for the best oral presentation at the Swiss Chemical Meeting in the division Chemical Biology and Medicinal Chemistry. In addition to filling up her Swiss bank account, Cristina will have also the opportunity to attend a conference and to write a review […]

  • Congratulations to Cristina who just won an award for the best oral presentation at the Swiss Summer School in Chemical Biology at Villars-sur-Ollon (Switzerland).

  • Congratulations to Riccardo for his new paper which has been just accepted in Org. Biomol. Chem. This work is the result of a nice collaboration with Kellie Tuck (Monash University, Australia)! In this article, the anti-cancer activity of the proposed structures of Prevazol B is evaluated.

  • Congratulations to Cristina who just won a poster award at the European Conference on Biological Inorganic Chemistry (EuroBIC). Great work Cristina!

  • Congratulations to Riccardo for his new paper which has been just accepted in Parasites & Vectors. This work is the result of a nice collaboration with Jennifer Keiser (Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute of Basel, Switzerland) and Christophe Biot (University of Lille 1, France)! In this article, the in vivo activity of organometallic compounds […]

  • Congratulations to Anna whose review on the use of organometallic Rhenium complexes as cytotoxic agents has been just accepted in ACS Chem. Biol. Great work Anna!

  • Congratulations to Angelo, Riccardo and Cristina for their paper which has been just accepted in J. Med. Chem. In this article, the use of Ru(II) polypyridyl complexes as photosensitizer for anticancer and antimicrobial PDT applications is presented. This paper is the result of a fruitful collaboration with Leone Spiccia (Monash University, Australia) and Tim Maisch […]

  • Congratulations to Philipp whose book chapter dedicated to organometallic-based enzyme inhibitor is now in press. This book chapter will be part of the new book “Bioorganometallic Chemistry: Applications in Drug Discovery, Biocatalysis and Imaging” edited by Gérard Jaouen and Michèle Salmain.

  • Excellent news! Gilles’s SNSF Professorship has been extend for two additional years!

  • Excellent news! Our article related to the preparation of a novel, extremely stable chelator for 89Zr has been just accepted in Chem. Commun.! This work is part of a collaboration with the group of Prof. Thomas Mindt from the University of Basel Hospital.

  • Welcome to our first Oz student Tayla Bickerton! Tayla will spent 7 weeks in our group as part of a collaborative work with the group of Bim Graham at Monash University (Australia). Enjoy your time in Zurich!

  • Congratulations to Philipp and Anna for their paper, which has been just accepted in ChemPhysChem. In this communication, the problems encountered during the determination of quantum yields in UV-A induced photouncaging processes is discussed. Importantly, a solution to this problem is proposed!

  • Congratulations to Jeannine who just won an award for the best oral presentation at the International Symposium on Bioorganometallic Chemistry (ISBOMC) in Vienna. Great work Jeannine!

  • Welcome to Luciano!

    Welcome to Luciano Mastrobuonic who is joining our group for an internship. Luciano will work on the preparation of novel antischistosomal drug candidates under the supervision of Jeannine. Enjoy!

  • A collaborative work with Prof. Jennifer Keiser from the Swiss Tropical Institute in Basel has led to an article in Antimicrob. Agents. Chemother.

  • Congratulations to Cristina, Vanessa, Riccardo, Malay and Jeannine for their paper, which has been just accepted in Chem. Eur. J. This article is the result of a very fruitful collaboration with Bernhard Spingler, Luca Salassa, Ingo Ott and Stefano Ferrari.

  • Congratulations to Anna, Vanessa and Riccardo for their new paper, which has been just accepted in Chem. Sci. In this contribution, a new concept to specifically release an organometallic moiety in living cells is presented.

  • Excellent news, the UBS Promedica Stiftung has accepted to financially support our project “Metallocenyl Antifungal Agents”. This will enable Riccardo to stay another year in our group!

  • Welcome to our new Master student Seraina Huegli from the ETHZ! Seraina will work on the preparation and evaluation of novel chelators for 89Zr. Good luck!

  • Congratulations to Vanessa and Cristina who were just awarded two travel grants from the SCNAT/SCS. Vanessa will go to Argentina to attend the 16th International Congress on Photobiology and Cristina to California to attend the 37th American Society for Photobiology Meeting. In addition, Cristina has been also awarded a Travel Grant from the local organisers. […]

  • Congratulations to Cristina who was just awarded a fellowship from the Forschungskredit of the University of Zurich. Good work!

  • Congratulations to Anna and Vanessa for their last paper which has been just accepted in ACS. Med. Chem. Lett. This article on a new cytotoxic Re(I) complex is the result of a nice collaboration with the group of Dr. Bim Graham at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia.

  • Our recent paper in Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. reporting the photoactivation of an inert Ru(II) polypridyl complex has been highlighted in Chimia. Congratulations to Tanmaya, Vanessa and Lea.

  • An article reporting the results of our collaborative work with PD Dr. Bernhard Spingler on the use of Platinum-Porphyrin conjugates in PDT has been accepted in Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. Congratulations to Anu and Riccardo!

  • Welcome to Assia Nouar, our first French student in the group! Assia will undertake part of her Master thesis in our group working on the preparation of enzyme inhibitors.

  • Welcome to Giuseppe!

    Welcome to Giuseppe Martano who is joining our group for an internship through the BNF program! Giuseppe will work on synthesis of organometallic compounds.

  • Congratulations to Jeannine, Sandro, Sandra and Vanessa for their paper, which has been just accepted in Inorg. Chem. This article reports the first mercury-free synthesis of SCF3-containing metallocenes.

  • Our recent paper in Chem. Eur. J. reporting the anticancer activity of a Re organometallic compound has been highlighted in ChemistryViews.

  • Welcome to our two new Master students Lea Gemperle and Sandra Morard. Lea will work on the preparation of organometallic-based antiparasitic drug candidates while Sandra will investigate the use of Ru(II) complexes as anticancer agents. We are also welcoming today our new undergraduate student Christine Aebersold! Enjoy your stay in our group.

  • Welcome to David Nipkow who is joining our group to undertake his Master thesis in our group. David will work on the preparation of metal-based enzyme inhibitors. Make it happen!

  • Philipp’s invited article on the potential of PNAs in bio-nanotechnology has been just accepted in Chimia. This short review presents the recent advances on the use of PNAs in this field of research. Congratulations!

  • Gilles joins the editorial board of the journal Photodiagnosis and Photodynamic Therapy from the publisher Elsevier. This journal is specialised on reporting recent advances (fundamental research and clinical outcomes) in the field of PDT.

  • Congratulations to Tanmaya and Vanessa for their new paper, which has been just accepted in ChemMedChem. This article reports on an extensive structure-activity relationship on inert Ru(II) complexes.

  • Our collaboration with Teresa Gianferrara, Enzo Alessio (both at the University of Trieste, Italy) and with Roger Alberto (University of Zurich) led to a new publication in ChemMedChem. Thanks to everyone involved in this project related to bioimaging and PDT.

  • Congratulations to Tanmaya, Vanessa, Cristina and Lea for their paper which has been just accepted in Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. This communication demonstrates the first photo-release of a cytotoxic inert metal complex in living cells. Good work!

  • Congratulations to Angelo who has just passed his Master exam! Thanks once again for all your hard work and good luck for your PhD thesis!

  • Our paper reporting on the cytotoxic activity of a Re(I) organometallic complex has been just accepted in Chem. Eur. J. This work is the result of a great collaboration involving universities in Heidelberg, Wurzburg, Bochum and Zurich! Thanks to everyone for your help.

  • Gilles was elected to the Council of the European Platform for Photodynamic Medicine last Friday in Ustron (Poland).

  • Thanks to our cooperation with the group of Prof. Jennifer Keiser from the Swiss Tropical Institute in Basel, the in vivo behaviour of our organometallic derivatives of the drug Praziquantel is published in J. Med. Chem. Importantly, the in vitro metabolic behaviour of these compounds could be also established thanks to our collaboration with the […]

  • Welcome to Nuria!

    Welcome to Nuria Llorente Gonzalez from the University of Valladoid (Spain) who is joining our group for an internship. Nuria will work on the preparation of Ru(II) complexes with Cristina. Enjoy!

  • Welcome to Estefania!

    Welcome to Estefania Menendez-Pedregal from the University of Oviedo (Spain) who is joining our group for a three-month stay as part of a PhD exchange program. During her stay in our group, Estefania will investigate the biological behaviour of her Os(II) complexes she has prepared in Oviedo. Enjoy your time in Zurich!

  • Welcome to Svenja!

    Welcome to Svenja Biron from the University of Frankfurt who has started a 6-week research internship in our laboratories. Enjoy your syntheses!

  • Congratulations to Philipp who just won another award, this time in Lausanne. He is the recipient of the Metrohm oral presentation award which is given to the student having presented the best talk at the Swiss Chemical Society Meeting in the polymers, colloids and interface division. Well done Philipp and thanks for the cake on […]

  • Congratulations to Malay, Tanmaya, Vanessa for their paper which has been accepted today in Chem. Eur. J. A big thanks to all our collaborative partners in Zurich and Basel for their precisous help. In this paper, we point out the possible, often immediate, ligand dissociation in DMSO of complexes of the type [Ru(η6‑arene)Cl2(L)] (L = […]

  • Congratulations to Malay, Jeannine and Sandro for their article which has been just accepted in Organometallics. This paper describes the efficient syntheses of various metallocenyl thioamides using a single-step three-component condensation reaction.

  • Malay leaves our group to join the Lippard group at the MIT. Malay, thanks a lot for all your hard work you have performed and all the help you have provided to everyone in the group during these last two years! All the very best to you! Enjoy Boston! A picture of the farewell party […]

  • Congratulations to Anna, Vanessa and Riccardo for their paper which has been accepted in the themed issue of Dalton Trans. “Talent: Europe”. This article is a “special one” since it is our first paper on photodynamic therapy (PDT). Note that this is an OPEN ACCESS article (free download)!

  • Welcome to Sandra!

    Welcome to Sandra Morard who has joined the group for a Research Internship. Enjoy the Ruthenium world.

  • Welcome to Lorenz!

    Welcome to Lorenz Fehr who has joined the group for a Research Internship. Enjoy the Ferrocene world!

  • Welcome to Sandro!

    Welcome to Sandro Mosberger who has joined the group for a Research Internship. Enjoy the Click Chemistry!

  • Welcome to Lea!

    Welcome to Lea Gemperle who has joined the group for a Research Internship. Enjoy the Ruthenium world!

  • Congratulations to Anna and Philipp who are the recipients of one of the SCNAT/SCS Chemistry Travel Awards. Anna and Philipp will be able to attend the 12th International Symposium on Applied Bioinorganic Chemistry in Guangzhou (China), where they will present their latest results.

  • Congratulations to the running team of the Institute of Inorganic Chemistry “ACI Metal Rocks” who finished 133rd of out 900 teams at the SOLA relay run. Special congratulations to Jeannine, Philipp and Gilles who were part of the team! Let’s see if this will incite more members of the Gasser group to run next year […]

  • Congratulations to Sandro who successfully defended his Master Thesis! Well done, thanks for your hard work and good luck for your new job in the US!

  • Congratulations to Saonli and Malay for tying the knot! All the best for your future together! Below is a pic taken by our local reporter Tanmaya !

  • Congratulations to Philipp who has just won the Bruker Travel Award from the Graduate School of Chemical and Molecular Sciences of the University of Zurich. Philipp will be able to attend the 12th International Symposium on Applied Bioinorganic Chemistry in Guangzhou (China), where he will present his work recently published in Angew. Chem. Int. Ed.

  • Our recent J. Am. Chem. Soc. paper (Pierroz et al. 2012, 134, 20376-20387) has been recently highlighted in Chimia and Chemistry in Australia! Congratulations once again to Vanessa, Tanmaya, Anna and Cristina.

  • A warm welcome to our new post-doc Riccardo Rubbiani who has just joined our group today endowed with a Novartis fellowship. Riccardo recently finished his PhD thesis at the Technical University Braunschweig (Germany) in the group of Prof. Ingo Ottt. Here in Zurich, Riccardo will work on the preparation of organometallic-based drug candidates. Good luck!

  • Congratulations to Anna, Tanmaya, David, Angelo, Johanna, Sandro and Malay for their paper which has been just accepted in Organometallics. It is nice to mention that David, Angelo, Johanna and Sandro were undergraduate students at the time of this work has been submitted. In this work, we present, to the best of our knowledge, the […]

  • Welcome to our new Master student Angelo Frei! Good luck and, as we say in the group, make it happen!

  • Congratulations to Tanmaya and Malay for their paper which has been just accepted in Artifical DNA: PNA & XNA, a new journal specialised on artificial oligonucleotides. In this work, we present the preparation of the first heterobimetallic PNA in solution phase.

  • Congratulations to Philipp for his paper which has just been accepted in Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. This article is the result of a terrific collaboration with the groups of Prof. Udo Bach and Dr. Alison M. Funston at Monash University (Melbourne, Australia). A BIG thank-you to them as well as to Thibaut and Yuanhui. In […]

  • Congratulations to Malay and Vanessa for their paper which has just been accepted in Chem. Eur. J. This article would not have been possible without the precious help of Katrin Ingram, Bernhard Spingler, Stefano Ferrari, Robin B. Gasser and Jennifer Keiser. A BIG thank-you to them!

  • Congratulations to Vanessa, Tanmaya, Anna and Cristina for their paper which has been just accepted by J. Am. Chem. Soc. A HUGE thank-you is going to our collaboratorive partners Julia Schür, Ingo Ott, Leone Spiccia and Stefano Ferrari for their invaluable help towards this work on the preparation and the in-depth investigation of the biological […]

  • Congratulations to Vanessa whose poster has been ranked to the third position at the Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin Symposium. Great achievement! Cake to follow!

  • Malay and Vanessa’s paper entitled “Ferrocenyl Derivatives of the Anthelmintic Praziquantel: Design, Synthesis and Biological Evaluation” has been just accepted by J. Med. Chem. Congratulations! A big thanks to Katrin Ingram and Jennifer Keiser from the Tropical Institute in Basel for their enormous help towards the elucidation of the anthelmintic activity of the ferrocenyl derivatives, […]

  • New group picture!

    Have a look at your new group picture here! A lot of new faces have recently joined the group.

  • A warm welcome back to our new post-doc Tanmaya Joshi who has just joined the group today. Tanmaya recently finished his PhD thesis at Monash University (Australia) but knows the group well as he spent three months in our laboratories during his thesis as part of a collaboration with his former boss, Prof. Leone Spiccia. […]

  • The course “Medicinal Inorganic Chemistry” (CHE 625) will be given again during the Fall Semester. The first lecture will be held on the 24th of September in the room 34-F-48.

  • Welcome to Angelo!

    A warm welcome to our new vacation student Angelo who has joined the group today. Angelo will work on the preparation of novel organometallic-containing biomolecules. Good luck!

  • Congratulations to Cristina and Michelle (a previous internship student) for their New. J. Chem. paper. In this article, the preparation and in-depth characterisation of novel ferrocenyl ligands and of their metal complexes is reported.

  • Congratulations to Malay for his review on the opportunity that organometallic compounds offer for the chemical biology field of research which is now available as an ASAP article in ChemBioChem. Great work Malay!

  • Last week, the group made an excursion in the Swiss mountains. After a nice 6h-hike, the group has been “rewarded” with a bbq and a few cold drinks! The pictures of the walk can be seen here!

  • Congratulations to Tanmaya for his publication in the new journal of the RSC “RSC Adv.”. This paper reports the uptake and interactions of an unmodified PNA oligomer and three Ru(II)-polypyridyl and/or NLS peptide based conjugates with mammalian and bacterial mimetic membranes. This article is the first report of the use of Quartz Crystal Microbalance with […]

  • Two new publications of our group have been recently accepted. The first one in Curr. Op. Chem. Biol. reviews the potential that organometallic compounds have in medicinal chemistry. The second one in Dalton Trans. describes the opportunities brought by small organometallic compounds for antibacterial purposes. Congratulations to Malay for his hard work on this paper!

  • A warm welcome to our new Master student Sandro Konatschnig who has joined the group today. Sandro will work on the elaboration and biological evaluation of novel metal-based drug candidates.

  • Congratulations to Tanmaya for his paper which has been just accepted by Inorg. Chem.! In this full article, the preparation, on the solid support, of Ru-containing PNA oligomers is described. Importantly, the presence of these Ru bioconjuates could be detected by electrochemilumiscence at concentrations as low as 0.1 micromolar.

  • After a few weeks holiday, Jeannine is starting her PhD thesis in our group. Good luck and lots of success!

  • Last Saturday, we had a “raclette evening” to celebrate the coming festive season. 3.7 Kg of cheese (we were only 10…) and a few bottles of wine later, Anita and Danny were declared the winners of the evening – they ate up to 17 pieces of cheese. Congratulations also to Malay who “survived” his first […]

  • Congratulations to Jeannine who brilliantly passed her Master exam! You can see nice pictures of the after-exam party here! After a few well-deserved weeks of holiday, Jeannine will start her PhD thesis in our group in January 2012.

  • Two papers have been just accepted. In an article in Eur. J. Inorg. Chem., we report on the first preparation of di-hetero-organometallic-containing Peptide Nucleic Acid (PNA) Bioconjugates. In the second paper which has been accepted in Dalton Trans., we describe the preparation and characterisation of a Re-containing PNA bioconjugate. Of note, we present, to the […]

  • We have profited of the stunning autumn weather in Zurich to take a few pictures of our group. Have a look at them here!

  • Sarah Spreckelmeyer, who is currently undertaking her Master in Pharmacy at the Technical University in Braunschweig (Germany) is joining our group for 2 months as an exchange student. Welcome Sarah!

  • Dr. Malay Patra, who has just finished his PhD thesis at the Ruhr-University Bochum (Germany) under the supervision of Prof. Nils Metzler-Nolte is joining our group as a post-doc. Welcome Malay!

  • Check out in our cover gallery the front cover picture of our latest Dalton Trans. paper

  • Cristina Mari, who has just finished a 6-month research stay at the University of Milan (Italy) in the groups of Prof. Licandro and Prof. Maiorana is joining our group as a PhD student. Cristina will work on the preparation of novel anticancer metallodrugs.

  • Our perspective article “Metal-Containing Peptide Nucleic Acid Conjugates” has been accepted in Dalton Trans. This paper reports on the recent advances in the preparation and utilisation of metal-containing PNAs.

  • Vanessa Pierroz, who has just finished her Master thesis in Medical Biology at the University of Lausanne (Switzerland) is joining our group as a PhD student. In collaboration with Dr. Stefano Ferrari from the Institute of Molecular Cancer Research, she will work on the elucidation of the mechanism of action of novel anticancer metallodrugs.

  • Philipp Anstätt, who has just finished a one-year research stay at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich is joining our group as a PhD student. He will work on the preparation of novel anticancer metallodrugs.

  • The online newspaper of the University of Zurich dedicates an article about the research undertaken in our research group. Have a look! Link

  • Our paper “Towards the Preparation of Novel Re/99mTc Tricarbonyl-Containing Peptide Nucleic Acid Bioconjugates” has been accepted in Aust. J. Chem. This paper presents the successful preparation of a novel azido group-containing ligand  (Dpam) and its subsequent couplings to a 17-mer alkyne-containing PNA oligomer using Click Chemistry to give Dpam-PNA. Our attempts to complex Dpam-PNA with […]

  • The Swiss National Science Foundation has informed us that Gilles’ Assistant Professorship application has been accepted! Since the 1st of March, Gilles is a SNSF Assistant Professor at the University of Zurich.

  • Welcome to Yanjun!

    Yanjun Lan, who is currently an undergraduate student at the University of Zurich is joining our group for a 4-month internship. She will work on the preparation of novel metal-containing PNAs for medicinal applications.

  • Jeannine Hess, who has just finished her MBsc. in chemistry at the University of Zurich, is starting her Master thesis in our laboratories. She will work on the preparation of novel organometallic anthelmintic drugs.

  • Our new freeze dryer financed by the Alfred Werner Legat Foundation has just arrived! As shown on the picture below, 24 different samples can be lyophilized at the same time. Welcome to the group, freeze dryer! Anna in front of our new and expensive christmas tree 🙂

  • Our perspective article “Organometallic Anticancer Compounds” was accepted in J. Med. Chem. This paper reports on the recent advances in the discovery of organometallics with proven anti-proliferative activity. A special emphasis has been made on the compounds, whom molecular targets and mode of actions have been identified.

  • Welcome to Michael!

    Michael Kaiser, who is currently undertaking his BSc at the University of Zurich is joining the group as a voluntary laboratory assistant. He will work with Anna Leonidova on the preparation and utilisation of new metal-containing bioconjugates for medicinal and biological applications.

  • Anna Leonidova, who has just finished her Msc. in molecular and biological chemistry at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale in Lausanne (EPFL, Switzerland), is starting her PhD thesis endowed with a SNSF grant. She will work on the preparation and utilisation of new metal-containing bioconjugates for medicinal and biological applications.

  • Our paper “Preparation, 99mTc-Labeling and Biodistribution Studies of a PNA Oligomer Containing a New Ligand Derivative of 2,2´-Dipicolylamine” was accepted in J. Inorg. Biochem. This paper presents the facile preparation of a novel bifunctional chelating for 99mTc (DPA-N3). Dpa-N3 was successfully coupled, on the solid phase, to a Peptide Nucleic Acid (PNA) oligomer employing the […]

  • Welcome to Tanmaya!

    Tanmaya Joshi from the group of Prof. Leone Spiccia, Monash University, Australia, is joining the group for three months as an exchange PhD Student. He will work on the preparation of new Ru-containing PNA oligomers.

  • On the 19th of April 2010, the Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany, together with Rubitec Ltd has announced the results of the competition to elect the best patent application submitted in 2009 at the Ruhr-University Bochum. The patent application of Gilles and his colleagues Malay Patra and Prof. Metzler-Nolte “Metal-containing Platensimycin Analogues” has been selected to receive […]

  • Our paper “Sequential insertion of three different organometallics into a versatile building block containing a PNA backbone” was accepted in Dalton Trans. This paper presents the first example of the synthesis of a hetero-triorganometallic derivative of a PNA monomer derivative using Click Chemistry, amide bond formation and Sonogashira coupling as orthogonal derivatisation methods.

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