Lab News

Retreat in Bakkeveen great success

We are just back from our yearly retreat, this year in Bakkeveen, a village in Friesland. We made a list of problems that we tried to solve in teams. Since we have many new experimental people in the team, focus was on concepts and small toy models. Here Bas explains model making to two of the

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Our master program in Bioinformatics and Systems Biology agrees with international standards

A recent paper in Nature Systems Biology and Applications, with Bas as co-author, reports on international workshops held within the ISBE initiative (Infrastructure Europe of Systems Biology) to discuss the curriculum for a Master Program in Systems Biology. Our master program fits these recommendations very well!

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An interview with Bas was published in C2W

C2W is a biweekly magazine published by the KNCV (Royal Netherlands Chemical Society). Bas was interviewed for the latest edition. He talks about his scientific career and discusses current and future goals of the lab’s research. The interview is only available in Dutch. A pdf version of the interview can be viewed here. Image courtesy of

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New paper out co-authored by Jurgen

Jurgen co-authored a paper in BMC genomics that uses mathematical modelling to understand the gene expression cascade in Trypanosoma brucei. You can read it here. The current analysis is a follow-up of two previous publications from Jurgen that describe the contruction of a model of the gene expression cascade in T. brucei (Haanstra et al., 2008)

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A new thesis from our lab by Susanne Roth

Susanne will defend her thesis on May 24 and today we received copies of it! This work is a successful collaboration with the Joachim Goedhart and Dorus Gadella, both from the University of Amsterdam.

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A new review by us is published

You can find it here: Our new Current Opinion in Microbiology Review It discusses how different cultivation methods can be used to select mutant bacteria with improved macroscopic growth parameters and our current understanding of whether such parameters trade off.

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This week we moved to our new building!

For more information see: O2 building information

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We have a vacancy for a PhD position

The Systems Bioinformatics section of the VU University in Amsterdam (NL) is offering a 3-year position for a PhD student to study How a single cell integrates multiple signals via one of its G-protein coupled receptors We are looking for a master student with a degree in systems biology, biophysics, or molecular biology who is

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Johan van Heerden got his PhD

On January 11th Johan van Heerden defended his PhD entitled: “Dynamic regulation of yeast glycolysis through trehalose cycling:  a probabilistic view of metabolic transitions”, of which Bas was the promoter. The committee comprised of prof Stefan Hohmann, prof Hans Westerhoff, prof Barbara Bakker, prof Frank Bruggeman and Dr Aljoscha Wahl. Previous group members, Jan Berkhout and Filipe Santos were the

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Modelling, standards – another day in the life …

Modelling standards and systems biology, you hear a lot of talk about both these topics. But what would it mean if modellers and software engineers actually started using them. In the latest special issue of ERCIM news dealing with “Big Data” Brett and Bas take a look at an idealized day in the life of

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