Salma Kassem, Ph.D.

  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Ulijn Lab, Nanoscience Initiative

Salma obtained her B.Sc. and M.Sc. from the University of Geneva. Her Master’s thesis was conducted under the supervision of Prof. Stephen Hanessian at the University of Montreal. After working for a year as a Medicinal Chemistry Intern at Hoffmann-La Roche in Basel, she joined Prof. David A. Leigh’s group at the University of Manchester as a Ph.D. student. Her research focused on the development of molecular machines for the transport and synthesis of small-molecules. After graduating, she stayed on as a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Leigh group to investigate new designs of molecular pumps and their application in the unidirectional transport of molecular cargoes. Salma joined Prof. Rein Ulijn’s group in 2019 as a Research Associate to work on the discovery of new properties of self-assembling structures using dynamic peptide libraries.


S. Kassem and R.V. Ulijn, Designed Complex Peptide-based Adaptive Systems: A Bottom-up ApproachChemSysChem, 2022in press.

A. Jain, S. Kassem, R.S. Fisher, B. Wang, T.-D. Li, T. Wang, Y. He, S. Elbaum-Garfinkle, and R.V. Ulijn, Connected Peptide Modules Enable Controlled Co-Existence of Self-Assembled Fibers Inside Liquid Condensates, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2022, 144 (33), 15002–15007. DOI:

A. Brito, S. Kassem, R.L. Reis, R.V. Ulijn, R.A. Pires, and I. Pashkuleva, Carbohydrate Amphiphiles for Supramolecular Biomaterials: Design, Self-assembly, and Applications, Chem, 2021,​.

A. Lampel, S.A. McPhee, S. Kassem, D. Sementa, T. Massarano, J. M. Aramini, Y. He, and R. V. Ulijn, Melanin-Inspired Chromophoric Microparticles Composed of Polymeric Peptide Pigments, Angew Chem Int Ed Engl, 2021, 60, 7564-7569.

S. Kassem, T. van Leeuwen, A. S. Lubbe, M. R. Wilson, B. L. Feringa and D. A. Leigh, Artificial molecular motors, Chem. Soc. Rev., 2017, 46, 2592-2621.

S. Kassem, Alan T. L. Lee, David A. Leigh, Vanesa Marcos, Leoni I. Palmer and Simone Pisano, Stereodivergent Synthesis with a Programmable Molecular Machine, Nature, 2017, 549, 374-378.