Netherlands, PhD in Mathematics and Natural Sciences from the University of Groningen (1980)

Bauke Dijkstra


After his PhD research on the crystal structure of phospholipase A2, Bauke Dijkstra broadened his research interests by spending two years focussing on the use of NMR to obtain 3D-structural information for N-linked glycans in proteins. In 1983 he took up X-ray crystallography again, as a research associate with David Eisenberg at the University of California, Los Angeles. In 1985 he returned to the University of Groningen, where he became an assistant professor. Since 1993 he has been a full professor in biophysical chemistry at that University.

Dijkstra’s research interests are in the field of enzyme catalytic mechanisms, protein engineering and biotechnology. Breakthroughs were the trapping of covalent reaction intermediates in dehalogenase, an enzyme that cleaves carbon-halogen bonds, and in cyclodextrin glycosyltransferase, an enzyme that produces cyclodextrins from starch. His research accomplishments earned him an EMBO-membership in 1995, and he was elected as a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2008.

Dijkstra joined the ESRF in September 2012 for a 5-year term as Director of Research in the field of Life Sciences, Chemistry and Soft Matter Science.

Dijkstra has been a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the EMBL-outstation at DESY and the EMBL-Hamburg Petra-III Scientific Advisory Board. He is Associate Editor of the Journal of Structural Biology.