Cupid’s Chemicals: The Biochemistry of Love

Date: Nov 2, 2015 | Faculties, Faculty of Science, News

The Faculty of Science in partnership with the UJ Library invites you to a Public Lecture where Dr Gerrit Koorsen talks about Cupid’s Chemicals:The Biochemistry of Love

13 October 2015 at 13:00 – 14:00

In A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Shakespeare writes, “Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind, and therefore is winged Cupid painted blind”. We have all felt the seemingly irrational sting of Cupid’s arrow, but romantic love makes complete sense from a biological perspective. What are the chemicals that steer Cupid’s arrows? Dr Koorsen will take us on a journey to explore the biochemical nature of love and the molecules that drive our romantic sides.

Learn more about:

  • The stages of romantic love and the chemicals that govern each stage
  • Do human pheromones exist?
  • The surprising similarities between being in love and mental illness
  • A recipe for falling in love

Dr Gerrit Koorsen obtained his PhD in Biochemistry at the University of Cambridge in 2006 under the supervision of Dame Jean Thomas having been awarded a Gates Cambridge Scholarship. Upon his return to South Africa he worked at the CSIR (Pretoria) after which he joined the University of Johannesburg in 2008. He is currently an NRF Thuthuka grantholder. His research focuses on the structure and function of human linker histones, the proteins that facilitate the compaction of DNA in the nucleus. Dr Koorsen is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Biochemistry.

Cupid Love Science

Latest News

| View All News

UJ Netball stuns UP Tuks in Bloemfontein to secure first…

For the first time in the history of the University


Top finish for UJ athletics in 2022 USSA Cross Country…

The University of Johannesburg’s (UJ) student-athletes collected a whopping nine


Faculty of Law partakes in the first ORFECT Conference in…

Hosted by the Observatory on Religious Freedom in the Jurisprudence


Graduating students

Two CSDA and South African Research Chair in Welfare and


Two post-Doctoral Research Fellows to stay on at CSDA

The CSDA is proud to announce that two post-Doctoral Research