The Laan lab is located in the Department of Bionanoscience, part of the Kavli Institute of Nanoscience at the Delft University of Technology.

We are fascinated by how interactions between biomolecules give rise to living matter, alias life.

Specifically we are interested in how the biomolecular networks responsible for spatiotemporal organisation in cells both constrain and facilitate evolution, as occurs during speciation, but also during cancer formation or antibiotic resistance emergence.

Laan Lab trip to the Gulbenkian institute in Lisbon, Portugal, January 2018


February 2018: Zaida has succesfully defended her BEP research, as well as Pim and Albert their minor, congrats!

January 2018: Lab trip to Lisbon combined with a visit to the evolutionary dynamics group of Claudia Bank at the Gulbenkian Institute.

January 1st: Ramon joins our lab as a technician, we are happy to have you!

December 8th: Albert and Pim join our lab for their nanobiology minor, welcome!

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We use a variety of experimental, computational and theoretical approaches ranging from physics to evolutionary biology, while using polarity establishment in budding yeast as a model system. Our goal is to obtain a multiscale description of evolutionary biology: how does the molecular/microsecond time scale (through the cellular/cell cycle time scale) constrain and faciliate the organismal/evolutionary time scale?

We have open Post-doc positions