Physics of Life Processes Group
My group is part of the Physics of Living Systems Section in the faculty of Sciences at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. The research in the group focuses on exploring DNA-proteins interactions and biophysical/biomechanical properties of viral capsids & cells. The aim is to work with increasingly more complex assemblies of proteins in order to investigate the emergent properties from these systems. This approach bridges experimental systems biology and single-molecule manipulation techniques. We use a variety of techniques such as optical tweezers, AFM and single-molecule fluorescence as well as combinations of these techniques. The data obtained are related to biochemical studies and used for theoretical modeling.
Sept 18 Cell report article out demonstrating AFS on cells
May 18 Our Startup, Lumicks, reached 50+ employees
Jan 18 Erwin Peterman and I won the Dutch Physics Valoriation Prize
Sept 17 Gravitation program to build an artificial cell has been granted and started
Jul 16: Our Nature paper on XLF-XRCC4 now out!
Apr 16: Our CWtop grant approved
Jul 15: FETopen collaboration approved and starts
Jun 15: 2x in Nature Communication!
Jun 14: Started as Department Head of Physics, VU
May 14: Elected member of the Global Young Academy
Mrt 14: Startup Launch -Lumicks-
Nov 12: Our FOM program was approved
Okt 12: Starting with a new projectruimte grant on viruses
Aug 11: Our Nature Physics on DNA mechanics is published
Aug 10: I obtained a ERC starting grant
May 10: Movie of my research @ Volkskrant.nl & Movie of PhD student Niels Laurens in my group in a Popular Talk show “De Wereld Draait Door”, Jan 2010
Apr 10: Our Human Frontier Grant has been approved