Dr.ir. E.G. (Lisanne) Rens
Dr.ir. E.G. (Lisanne) Rens
Profile
Biography
I am assistant professor in the mathematical physics group since August 2020. Before that, I was a postdoc at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, where I worked with Leah EdelsteinKeshet. Here, I worked on the role of intracellular signaling and forces in cell shape changes and cell migration.
My PhD was obtained in June 2018, from the University of Leiden and my research was performed at CWI Amsterdam under the supervision of Roeland Merks. The title of my thesis was "Multiscale mathematical biology of cellextracellular matrix interactions during morphogenesis."
Simulations
Examples of my multicellular simulations Examples of intracellular signaling in a moving cell
Expertise
My research area is mathematical and computational biology. This research is interdisciplinary, spanning math, biology and physics. I develop models with a specific biological question in mind and apply those to help answer a question and make new predictions.
I am particularly interested in the collective behavior of cells, which is an important phenomenon during the development of an embryo but also occurs throughout our life time in both health and disease (e.g. wound healing, cancer metastasis).
I develop multiscale computational models. These models contain a broad spectrum of techniques, from agentbased type models, to finite elements and ordinary and partial differential equations, that are all linked together.
I also have expertise in the data analysis of experimental images, such as cell shape and cell tracks.
Expertise
Publications

2021
Cellular Tango
How extracellular matrix adhesion choreographs RacRho signaling and cell movement
Elisabeth G. Rens / Leah EdelsteinKeshet 
2021
Spots, stripes, and spiral waves in models for static and motile cells
GTPase patterns in cells
Yue Liu / Elisabeth G. Rens / Leah EdelsteinKeshet 
Ancillary activities

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