Erik de Heuvel MSc.



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+31 20 59 88173
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e.de.heuvel@vu.nl
faculteit der bètawetenschappen ( farmacochemie )
PhD student

Erik de Heuvel MSc. obtained his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Molecular Life Sciences at the Radboud University in Nijmegen. During his Bachelor’s internship at the Radboud University, he investigated new designs of photocleavable linkers for diagnostics of congenital disorders of glycosylation. He performed his first Master’s internship at Chiralix in a drug discovery program for the development of novel vanin-1 inhibitors. During his second Master’s internship at Mercachem he was part of a hit-to-lead program to find a treatment for human African trypanosomiasis (HAT), based on phosphodiesterase inhibitors.

After obtaining his Master’s degree in 2013, de Heuvel started working as a research chemist at Mercachem in a medicinal chemistry team. In 2014, he started his PhD research at the Medicinal Chemistry research group under supervision of Prof. Iwan de Esch and Prof. Rob Leurs. As part of the EU-sponsored PDE4NPD program he will extend his Master’s research on the development new treatments for various neglected parasitic diseases, such as HAT. De Heuvel will focus on design and synthesis of new selective parasitic PDE ligands.