Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Sven Hennig

Assistant Professor

Structural Chemical Biology

Head of X-Ray Crystallography



Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

De Boelelaan 1108

1081 HZ Amsterdam



phone: +31 6 11 18 27 18


researcherID: GYU-3381-2022

orcid: 0000-0002-8297-6845

google scholar: sven hennig

email: s.hennig @

institute: organic chemistry


academic history

since 05/17

Assistant Professor Structural Chemical Biology and Head of X-Ray Crystallography at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands.


04/12 – 05/17

Group Leader Therapeutic Transcriptome Modifications at the Chemical Genomics Centre - CGC in Dortmund, Germany.


04/10 – 04/12

PostDoctoral DAAD Fellow and UWA Honorary Research Fellow in Dr. Archa Fox’s group at the Western Australian Institute for Medical Research (WAIMR) in Perth, Australia.


04/09 – 04/10

PostDoc in Dr. Christian Ottmann’s group at the Chemical Genomics Center (CGC) in Dortmund (Germany).


04/08 – 04/09

PostDoc in at the Max–Planck–Institute for Molecular Physiology in Dortmund (Germany), Dr. Eva Wolf’s group (Clock Proteins).


08/04 – 04/08

PhD student at the Max–Planck–Institute for Molecular Physiology in Dortmund (Germany), Dep. I Structural Biology, Dr. Eva Wolf's Lab (Clock Proteins), ‘Structural and biochemical analyses of PAS-domain interactions in the clock proteins Drosophila PERIOD and Maus PERIOD2’.


11/03 – 05/04

Diploma thesis, Ruhr–University Bochum, Dep. for Cell Biology,  Prof. H.–W. Kunau, Schliebs Lab, ‘Comparative characterisation of the PTS1–receptors from Homo sapiens, Saccharomyces cerevisiae und Trypanosoma brucei’.


10/02 – 12/02

Internship at the Welcome Trust Biocentre, Dundee, Scottland, Division of Gene Regulation and Expression, Prof. Angus I. Lamond.


1999 – 2004

Biochemistry Study at the Ruhr–University Bochum.


major research interests

  - protein engineering via INCYPRO

  - structural biology on transcriptional complexes

  - protein-protein & protein- RNA modulations


scientific involvement

  - Secretary of the Dutch Crystallographic Society (NVK),

     since 2018 to present.

  - Member of German Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (GBM),

     since 2010 to present.

   - Member of the German Society for Cell Biology (DGZ,

     since 2011 to present.