University of Geneva (Switzerland)
Nicolas Winssinger is professor at the university of Geneva. He began his independent career in 2002 at the Institut de Science et Ingénierie
Supramoléculaires, Strasbourg. He carried out his PhD under the guidance of K.C. Nicolaou (The Scripps Research Institute) and postdoctoral training with P.G. Schultz (NIH postdoctoral fellow). An important theme is the use of natural product synthesis to aid in the development of chemical biology probes, with a particular emphasis on natural product that inhibit their target through covalent interactions. Another important theme throughout his research is the use of unnatural nucleic acid (PNA) to encode molecules, program spatial organization of ligands and direct reactions. A long-term objective is to extend these principles towards complex systems which can emulate some of the fundamental features of living systems.