We are a theoretical biophysics group that has the good fortune to be part of a large department housing both experimentalists and theorists, the Department of Bionanoscience at the TU Delft. Our central research question is how many actors act together in the complex environment of living systems. We study systems ranging from single molecules such as proteins and molecular motors, all the way up to cells in tissues and colonies of bacteria. In particular, we are currently working on the effects of membrane mediated interactions, mechanical interactions between cells in developing embryos, and collective dynamics of finite-size, self-propelled particles. On all these, we cultivate active collaborations with theoretical and experimental groups, both inside and outside our own department.

Open textbook on Mechanics and Relativity available at textbooks.open.tudelft.nl.

Open interactive textbook Interaction to particle and continuum mechanics and the Jupyter books demo available at interactivetextbooks.tudelft.nl.

Job opening

We have an opening for a PhD student on modeling cellular deformation, as part of the BaSyC (Building a Synthetic Cell) consortium. You can find the job details and apply through the TU Delft recruitment website.


Juan and Rachel's work on biofilm formation with tunable cell-cell adhesions (collaboration with Wegner group) published in Advanced Science.

We welcome new BEP students Luuc van der A, Mijke Dijken, Mark van der Post and Victor Ionescu.

SURF education award for Timon Idema.

New open interactive textbook Interaction to particle and continuum mechanics published.