CSC PhD Scholarship Grant for Shan-Liang Sun in order to join Medicinal Chemistry VU


09/29/2014 | 1:40 PM

MSc student Shan-Liang Sun (China Pharmaceutical University, School of Science, Nanjing) is awarded with a PhD grant by the Chinese Scholarship Council (CSC). Shan-Liang Sun will be joining the Medicinal Chemistry group at the Faculty of Sciences, and will be part of the Amsterdam Institute of Medicine & Systems (AIMMS) PhD program. Supervisors are prof.dr. Rob Leurs (FEW), prof. dr. Iwan de Esch (FEW) and dr. Chris de Graaf (FEW).

His PhD project is titled ‘Structure-based design and synthesis of chemokine receptor ligands’ and is a perfect fit with the successful research line on G-protein coupled receptors in the division of Medicinal Chemistry. In the PhD project computational techniques will be combined with Medicinal Chemistry approaches to develop new small molecules for the chemokine receptors CXCR4 and CXCR7. Both receptor proteins are involved in oncogenesis and are considered important anti-tumor drug targets.

Shan-Liang Sun earlier worked on the successful design and synthesis of Polo-like kinase 1 inhibitors in the laboratory of prof. T. Lu, resulting in 2 published papers.

China Pharmaceutical University in Nanjing is one of the biggest and highly ranked universities, dedicated to Pharmaceutical Sciences, in China. It has 530 faculty members and more than 12.000 students.


Shan-Liang Sun