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


June 21st: Liedewij gives a talk at the Institute for Living Systems in Exeter, UK.

June 13th: Eveline's and Valerie's paper about evolution of the fungal polarity network is accepted in Genome Biology and Evolution, great work!

June 9th: Our highly collaborative paper on Dps compaction is accepted in Cell!

June 6th: Enzo gives a talk, and Liedewij and Els present a poster at Yeasterday.

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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