Dr. Melissa Koay





Dr. Melissa Koay

Carré 4213

+31 53 489 5232


Melissa Koay completed her PhD at the Bio21 Institute and University of Melbourne (Australia) in the group of Professor A. G. Wedd. From 2006-2008, she took up a research position at the Max Planck Institute for Bioinorganic Chemistry in the groups of Professor dr. W. Lubitz and Professor dr. W. Gärtner (Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany). During this period, she worked on two research themes: the design and characterization of peptides mimicking biological proteins, and the molecular characterization of light-induced protein-protein interactions.

In 2008, she moved to Eindhoven University of Technology (The Netherlands) to the group of Dr. M. Merkx and Professor dr. E. W. Meijer, working on genetically-encoded FRET sensors for intracellular imaging and the development of light-activated protein switches. Since 2011, she is an Assistant Professor within the Department of Biomolecular Nanotechnology at the University of Twente. Her research aims to engineer protein‑based microcompartments with new biological pathways for the synthesis of biologically active molecules.