Wim Versées, PhD/IR
Associate Professor at Vrije Universiteit Brussel/Vlaams Instituut Biotechnologie
Location: Brussels, Belgium
Dr. Wim Versées is an associate professor at the Vrije Universiteit Brussels. He teaches biophysics, protein structure/function and enzymology to chemists and bioengineers.
Dr. Versées studied bioengineering at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and obtained his PhD at the same university in 2002. After his first post-doctoral fellowship that focused on enzymes (accelerate chemical reactions) from trypanosomes (a type of parasite) as potential drug targets, he moved to the Max Planck Institute in Dortmund, Germany, where he worked on on MnmE, a GTPase (a type of enzyme) involved in tRNA (helps decode messenger RNA into protein) modification. In 2008, he returned to Brussels as a staff scientist at the Center for Structural Biology of the Flemish Institute for Biotechnology and, in 2012, he became professor at the Vrije Universiteit Brussels.
His main expertise is situated in the field of structural biology, enzymology, steady-state and pre-steady state kinetics and biophysics, using Nanobody technology (imaging technique) to drive all steps of protein structure/function research. His recent work has focused on the structural biology and biochemistry of signaling cascades centered around complex GTPases, including LRRK2 and related proteins.