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

June 1st: Miranda (HBO bachelor student) and Vlad (Harvard undergrad) join the lab for their internship, welcome!

April: Nadine will be our new management assistant, welcome!

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

April 12: Liedewij is elected as a member of the first board of the Netherlands Society for Evolutionary Biology (NLSEB).

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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