Bionanoscience, TU Delft



05/2005-06/2009 PhD cum laude in Physics (highest distinction, top 1-3%) from Leiden University, Leiden, Netherlands
09/1999-05/2005 Bachelor/Master met lof in Applied Physics (highest distinction, top 10%), Twente University, Enschede, Netherlands

Research experience

10/2014-present Assistant professor at the Bionanodepartment at Delft University of Technology, Delft, Netherlands
01/2010-08/2014 Post-doc at the FAS Center for Systems Biology at Harvard University, in the group of prof. dr. Andrew Murray, Cambridge, US
06/2009-1/2010 Post-doc at the Institute for Atomic and Molecular Physics (AMOLF), in the group of prof. dr. Marileen Dogterom, Amsterdam, Netherlands
05/2005-06/2009 PhD student at AMOLF, in the group of prof. dr. Marileen Dogterom, Amsterdam, Netherlands
02/2009-03/2009 Visitor invited via the Global Center of Excellence program, Nagoya University School of Medicine, in the group of prof. dr. Kozo Kaibuchi, Nagoya, Japan
10/2008-11/2008 Visitor at the Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems (MPI-PKS), in the group of prof. dr. Frank Jülicher, Dresden, Germany
10/2005-12/2006 Visitor at European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in the group of dr. Thomas Surrey, Heidelberg, Germany
04/2004-04/2005 Master student at AMOLF in the group of prof. dr. Marileen Dogterom

Awards and fellowships

2017-2022 Recipient of VIDI personal grant from NWO-ALW
2014-2019 Delft Technology Fellowship
2011 Honorary mention for the Christiaan Huygens Prize for Physics 2011
2010-2013 HFSP Cross Disciplinary Fellowship
2010 European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) long term fellowship (declined)
2010 Rubicon fellowship from the Dutch Research Foundation (NWO)
2009 FASEB Young Investigators travel award, at the FASEB summer research conference: Spindle Assembly and Function, Lucca, Italy (2009)
2009 Award from the Global Center of Excellence Program funded by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan (2009)
2008 One of four Dutch representatives (selected by the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences) at the 58th Nobel Laureates meeting : Physics, in Lindau

Invited talks

• EMBO conference: Physics of Cells: From Biochemical to Mechanical, Harrogate, UK (2018)
• International Symposium on “Synthetic Biology III”, Munich, Germany (2018)
• 21st Evolutionary Biology Meeting, Marseilles, France (2017)
• Physics of Living Systems Conference, Cambridge, UK (2017)
• International Union of Pure and Applied Biophysics meeting, Edinburg, UK (2017)
• Seminar at MPI for Dynamics and Self-Organization, Gottingen, Germany (2016)
• Gordon Research Conference for Molecular and Cellular Fungal Biology, USA (2016)
• Lorentz workshop: Anisotropy and Shape in Biological Materials, Leiden, Netherlands (2016)
• CAS conference for Synthetic Biology II, Munich, Germany (2015)
• Quantitative Biosciences lecture in Munich (invited by the students), Germany (2015)
• Seminar at Theoretical Biology and Bioinformatics group, Utrecht University, Netherlands (2015)
• Nanofront retreat, Courchevel, France (2015)
• Experimental Evolution using yeast and other model systems meeting, Heidelberg, Germany (2014)
• Walk and talk at the nanoscale, CENS meeting, Venice, Italy (2014)
• Synthetic Cell Symposium, FOM Institute AMOLF, the Netherlands (2014)
• Seminar at SUNY Brook, Brooklyn, NY, US (2014)
• Seminar at the EMBL, Heidelberg, Germany (2013)
• Seminar at Leiden Institute of Physics, Leiden, the Netherlands (2013)
• Cellular Dynamics Seminar, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, US (2013)
• BN seminar, Delft University, the Netherlands (2012)
• Microbial Evolution meeting, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, US (2012)
• American Society for Cell Biology meeting, San Diego, CA, US (2009)
• Meeting on Microtubules and Motors, Utrecht, the Netherlands (2009)
• Global retreat of Nagoya University School of Medicine, Japan (2009)
• Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences meeting, Amsterdam, the Netherlands (2008)


Liedewij Laan (2009)
Force Generation by Microtubule Ends: An in vitro approach to cortical interactions.

Liedewij Laan (2005)
Force-generation by microtubule bundels: Many hands make light work.