Programme DutchBiophysics

The full programme can be found here.

We are pleased to introduce to you the speakers of DutchBiophysics 2018.

Keynote speaker

  • Rohit Pappu (Washington University in St. Louis)

    Rohit Pappu is Edwin H. Murty Professor of Engineering, Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Director of the Center for Biological Systems Engineering at Washington University. In addition, Pappu is member of the Hope Center for Neurological Disorders at the Washington University School of Medicine.  His research focuses on uncovering the biophysical principles of intrinsically disordered proteins. The Pappu lab pioneered the combined use of polymer physics theories, novel homegrown computational methods, and experiments. The central goal is to understand how protein aggregation and protein homeostasis pathways collude to give rise to neuronal death as a function of aging.

International speakers

  • Pere Rosa-Cusachs (IBEC)
    Pere Roca-Cusachs is Group Leader at  the Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia, and assistant professor at the University of Barcelona. He is also an EMBO young investigator. His research focuses on unraveling the physical and molecular mechanisms by which cells detect and respond to mechanical force.
  • Diane Lidke (University of New Mexico)
    Diane S. Lidke is Group Leader and Associate Professor at the Department of Pathology, University of New Mexico. Her research focuses on the application of fluorescence microscopy and biophysical techniques to the study of cell signal transduction. The ultimate goal is to identify the molecular mechanisms that alter signaling in cancer and the immune response.
  • Jordi Garcia-Ojalvo (Universitat Pompeu Fabra)
    Jordi Garcia-Ojalvo leads the Dynamical Systems Biology lab at the Pompeu Fabra University, in Barcelona. The goal of his lab is to study and characterize the dynamical behavior of living systems, and use this knowledge to understand how these systems operate and self-organize in complex yet well-coordinated processes.

National speakers

  • Alexander van Oudenaarden (Hubrecht Instituut)
    Alexander van Oudenaarden is director and group leader at the Hubrecht Institute (KNAW) and professor of quantitative biology of gene regulation at the Faculty of Science and the Faculty of Medicine at Utrecht University. His research group works with advanced (light) microscopy and sequencing technologies in order to study individual cells.
  • Gijsje Koenderink (AMOLF)
    Gijsje Koenderink is head of the Systems Biophysics Department and group leader Biological Soft Matter. Her lab combines concepts and techniques from soft matter physics, biophysics, synthetic biology, and mechanobiology to understand the physical mechanisms that underlie the active mechanical behavior of living matter.
  • Ariane Briegel (LU)
    Ariane Briegel is Professor of Ultrastructural Biology at Leiden University. She is an expert in electron cryotomography, and uses this technique to studie microbes in their native state at resolution capable of visualizing individual proteins. Her goal is to understand how microbes sense and respond to their environment.
  • Iddo Heller (VU)
    Ido Heller is Assistant Professor Physics of Living Systems in the department of Physics and Astronomy at VU University Amsterdam. His lab aims to expose the secrets of the biomolecular world using quantitative single-molecule tools.
DutchBiophysics 2017


The practical organisation is in the hands of Tim Vos and Renée Calon.