The Team

Verena I. Böhmer

Verena was born in Münster, Germany. She obtained her B.Sc. in Biomedical Technology at the University of Twente in 2013 and her M.Sc. in Biomedical Engineering in 2015 with specializations in the field of Molecular, Cellular and Tissue Engineering. During her Bachelor thesis, she worked on degradable polymers for drug and gene delivery in the group of Dr. Jos Paulusse. She continued her research on degradable polymers for gene delivery during her internship at the University College Dublin in the group of Dr. Wenxin Wang. For her Master thesis , she moved from gene delivery towards imaging of b-adrenergic binding ligands for the early detection of heart failure in cooperation of the Paulusse group with the Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging Department of the University Medical Center Groningen. Since January 2016, she is working on novel 18F-radiotracers for the imaging of prostate cancer under supervision of Prof. Philip Elsinga, Prof. Ben Feringa and Dr. Wiktor Szymanski at the University Medical Center Groningen.

Hugo Helbert, MSc

Hugo was born in Nantes, France. He studied organic chemistry in France and obtained his MSc degree in 2016 from the E.N.S.C. of Clermont-Ferrand with a specialization in medicinal chemistry. He did master research at the medicinal chemistry department of Bayer pharmaceuticals in Wuppertal, Germany. Then he came to Groningen for his PhD joining the group of Prof. P. Elsinga focusing on the development of fast methodology for PET tracer synthesis.


Friederike Reeßing, MSc

Friederike, born in Bremen, studied Pharmacy at the CAU Kiel and the University of Salamanca. In 2014 she received her diploma (equivalent to MSc) in Kiel and then came to Groningen for an internship in the group of Dr. Anna Hirsch working on the structure based design of modulators of thiamine transport. After obtaining her licensure as a pharmacist in August 2015, she will a pursue her PhD in the group of Dr. W. Szymanski focussing on the development molecular solutions of targeted Magnetic Resonance Imaging and intraoperative imaging.

Associated members

Mark Hoorens, MSc

Mark obtained his BSc in Life Science and Technology at Leiden University and University of Technology Delft. In 2013 he started his master Life Science and Technology at Leiden University, where he conducted his Master’s Thesis in the group of Dr. Mario van der Stelt. Currently he is pursuing his PhD in the group of Dr. W. Szymanski, focussing on the design, synthesis and evaluation of new photopharmacological agents, to ultimately enable highly localized cancer treatment.