The Biophys Lab

Physics of Active Processes in Biology

2 open PhD projects: If you are excited about intracellular transport and microtubules, join our group! We use biophysical models to understand the fascinating organization of the internal structure of cells and transport systems. We have two open PhD projects:

1) Organization of MT networks

2) Intracellular transport patterns

If you're interested, get in touch with Florian Berger via f.m.berger@uu.nl


All forms of life display a remarkable variety of active processes on different length scales. We develop biophysical descriptions to understand how these active processes mediate the flow of energy and matter to drive biological organization and functions. These descriptions span a wide range of length scales, from structure-function relations of molecular-motor heads, transport and positioning of organelles, up to cellular activity of hearing organs.

Our main goal is to use quantitative descriptions to reduce "the wiggle room" in biology. To achieve this goal it is critical to connect theory with experiments. We believe that a mutual stimulation of theoretical considerations and experimental findings is a beautiful way to decipher nature's fundamental principles.

Background picture: dissociated hair cells of the inner ear under a dissection microscope