The world is a complex and dynamic place. Earth takes part in an intricate dance with the moon, surrounding planets, our sun, other stars and entire galaxies. All interact with one another determining our position in the universe. On a much smaller scale, humans consist of trillions of cells that work together to let us walk, run, and think. Each such single living cell is driven by the interaction of about a trillion non-living molecules. Life at all scales is complex, dynamic, and difficult to understand. All these examples, however, have in common that they obey the basic laws of physics. Although one can apply those laws to understand a small part of each system, many interacting parts can behave wildly different and unpredictable.

Our mission

Our lab seeks to gain a fundamental understanding of the dynamical processes that coordinate living systems by using an interdisciplinary approach combining experimental biology, data-driven modeling, and computational physics. More specifically, we work in vitro creating artificial cells displaying life-like behavior, in vivo studying early embryonic development, in silico analyzing mathematical models, and technologically developing new tools.

Our values

  • We believe science should be curiosity-driven and fun
  • We value an honest and respectful environment
  • We want to empower all team members in their projects, and encourage collaboration 
  • We stand for transparent and accessible research

Our research

News
October 3, 2017

“Desynchronizing embryonic cell division waves reveals the robustness of Xenopus laevis development” on the cover of Cell Reports

Joint work with Graham Anderson from Jim Ferrell’s lab just got published in Cell Reports and featured on the cover….
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June 30, 2017

New fellowships and postdoc grants for the lab

Jan and Jolan both received a FWO doctoral fellowship to pursue their research these next 4 years, while Alexandra and…
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