Kolb Lab Emmy Noether DFG Heisenberg DFG

The Kolb Lab is located at the Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry at Philipps-Universität Marburg.
The lab is deeply involved in COST Action CM1207 "GLISTEN: GPCR-Ligand Interactions, Structures, and Transmembrane Signalling: a European Research Network".
We are also a member lab of SYNMIKRO
and SynChemBio.

Research interests

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Small molecules are frequently used both in Nature and therapeutically to modulate the activity of the protein they bind to. Yet, many aspects of small-molecule:protein interactions are surprisingly poorly understood. For instance, ligand polypharmacology, i.e. binding to multiple proteins, often comes as a surprise, although it is frequently precisely the reason for a drug's efficacy or its side effects. On the protein side, a point mutation in the binding site, although only a small change, can abolish drug binding, leading to resistance. Thus, it is highly relevant to develop a comprehensive understanding of small-molecule:protein interaction profiles in molecular detail and correlate these profiles with signaling and metabolic pathways.

Our main tool is small molecule docking, but we also use chemoinformatic approaches and molecular dynamics. The research spans method development, basic research and applications. Currently the investigations deal with kinases and G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs).


Most recent:
34 An open source pharma roadmap
Manica Balasegaram, Peter Kolb, John McKew, Jaykumar Menon, Piero Olliaro, Tomasz Sablinski, Zakir Thomas, Matthew H. Todd, Els Torreele, John Wilbanks
PLOS Med 2017, 14, e1002276. [pdf][essay]
33 Similarity- and substructure-based development of β2-adrenergic receptor ligands based on unusual scaffolds
Denis Schmidt, Jakub Gunera, Jillian G. Baker, Peter Kolb
ACS Med. Chem. Lett. 2017, 8, 481-485. [pdf]
32 PrenDB: A Substrate Prediction Database to Enable Biocatalytic Use of Prenyltransferases
Jakub Gunera, Florian Kindinger, Shu-Ming Li, Peter Kolb
J. Biol. Chem. 2017, 292, 4003-4021. [pdf]
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Lab members

Florent Chevillard [Postdoc]
Matthäus Drabek [Graduate Student]
Anja Flöser [Graduate Student]
Peter Kolb [Principal Investigator]
Maria Martí-Solano [Postdoc]
Ricarda Nagel [Student Researcher]
Julius Perschel [Student Researcher]
Magdalena Scharf [Graduate Student]
Corey Taylor [Graduate Student]
Niek van Hilten [Master Student]
Not in picture:
Nikol Gröning [GLISTEN Assistant]
Jakub Gunera [Graduate Student]
Lydia Hartleben [Assistant]
Peter Wengenmayer [Master Student]


We are involved in basic lectures and lab courses in Pharmaceutical Chemistry. Moreover, we accept students in the Chemistry and Pharmacy curricula for internships.



Daim – a program to generate fragments

Joining the Lab

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