Kolb Lab Heisenberg DFG


The Kolb Lab is located at the Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry at Philipps-Universität Marburg.

We are a member lab of GLUE,
the Priority Program 2363 "Molecular Machine Learning",
the transregional collaborative research centre 81 (SFB/Transregio81),
and DRUID.
We are also part of ERNEST, the "European Research Network on Signal Transduction".
Together with the Selent and Bouvier labs, we are investigating biased ligands of the 5-HT2A receptor in the context of the ERANET NEURON project PSYBIAS. Funding is provided by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research under grant number 01EW1909.

The lab was deeply involved in COST Action CM1207 "GLISTEN: GPCR-Ligand Interactions, Structures, and Transmembrane Signalling: a European Research Network"
and part of SynChemBio.
The lab started through the generous funding provided within the DFG's Emmy Noether Programme. Emmy Noether DFG

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:
56 The extracellular N-terminus of natural receptor isoforms allosterically modulates GPR35-transducer coupling and mediates intracellular pathway bias.
Hannes Schihada*, Thomas M. Klompstra, Laura J. Humphrys, Igor Cervenka, Shamim Dadvar, Peter Kolb*, Jorge L. Ruas, Gunnar Schulte*
J. Biol. Chem. 2022, accepted.
55 Allosteric modulation of GPCRs: From structural insights to in silico drug discovery.
Margherita Persechino, Janik B. Hedderich, Peter Kolb*, Daniel Hilger*
Pharmacol. Ther. 2022, accepted. [pdf][review]
54 The pocketome of G-protein-coupled receptors reveals previously untargeted allosteric sites.
Janik B. Hedderich, Margherita Persechino, Katharina Becker, Franziska M. Heydenreich, Torben Gutermuth, Michel Bouvier, Moritz Bünemann, Peter Kolb
Nat. Commun. 2022, 13, 2567. [pdf]
53 Community guidelines for GPCR ligand bias: IUPHAR review 32.
Peter Kolb†,*, Terry Kenakin†,*, Stephen P. H. Alexander, Marcel Bermudez, Laura M. Bohn, Christian S. Breinholt, Michel Bouvier, Stephen J. Hill, Evi Kostenis, Kirill A. Martemyanov, Richard R. Neubig, H. Ongun Onaran, Sudarshan Rajagopal, Bryan L. Roth, Jana Selent, Arun K. Shukla, Martha E. Sommer, David E. Gloriam*
Br. J. Pharmacol. 2022, 179, 3651-3674. [pdf]
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Lab members

Viviane Corrêa Santos [Former Guest Scientist]
Matthäus Drabek [Graduate Student]
Anja Flöser [Former Graduate Student]
Janik Hedderich [Graduate Student]
Jonas Kammertöns [Graduate Student]
Peter Kolb [Principal Investigator]
Victor Lim [Graduate Student]
Lea Löffler [Former Student Researcher]
Stefania Monteleone [Former Postdoc]
Maria Giovanna Papadopoulos [Graduate Student]
Margherita Persechino [Graduate Student]
Naiá Porã Santos [Former Intern]
Magdalena Scharf [Former Graduate Student]
Johanna Senst [Former Graduate Student]
Corey Taylor [Former Graduate Student]
Not in picture:
Frank Balzer [IT Administrator]
Pascal Büch [Intern]
Steffi Dörr [Technician Molecular Biology]
Hans-Dieter Gerber [Technician Medicinal Chemistry]
Franziska Giese [Student Researcher]
Shiva Mohajerani [Student Researcher]
Anja Moser [Assistant]
Jan-Niklas Pütz [Student Researcher/MOS]
Klaus Reuter [apl Professor]
Hannes Schihada [Postdoc]
Aida Shahraki [Postdoc]
Jamal Shamsara [Postdoc Core Facility]


We are involved in lectures and lab courses in Pharmaceutical Chemistry. Moreover, we accept students in the Chemistry and Pharmacy curricula for internships. Students with a keen interest in computation, chemistry, and biochemistry and their application to pharmaceutical questions are accepted for B.Sc., M.Sc., and Ph.D. theses (see also below, "Joining the lab").

Scubidoo & Pingui


Daim – a program to generate fragments

Joining the Lab

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