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


April: Ilse and Bram succesfully defended their bachelor thesis, congratulations!

April 12: Liedewij gives a talk at the first Netherlands Society for Evolutionary Biology meeting (NLSEB)

April 3-6: Liedewij leads the Lorentz workshop "evolution of biomolecular networks: rules of the game"

March 12th: Pam joins the lab as a BEP student, welcome!

February 2018: Ezra has succesfully defended his MEP research, congrats!

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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