Dr. Timon Idema
Research Themes: Synthetic biology and Cell biology
Research Interests: Membrane-mediated interactions, cell division, tissue formation, bacterial colony growth, collective dynamics of groups of active particles
Timon Idema obtained MSc degrees in physics (2004) and mathematics (2005) and a PhD in theoretical biophysics (2009) at Leiden University. After a postdoc at UPenn he joined the Department of Bionanoscience in 2012, where he is now an associate professor. His research interests span a large range of scales, from membrane-mediated interactions between proteins to collections of cells in tissues and colonies. A theorist himself, Idema frequently collaborates with experimental groups both inside and outside the department. He also teaches a range of courses in various degree programmes, and is actively involved in teaching innovation. Idema currently serves as a member of the board of the condensed-matter division of the European Physical Society and as the program director of the MSc of Nanobiology.
For further information regarding current research and available projects, visit Idema Group
- Pattern formation in heterogeneous tissues and colonies
- Self-assembly of polymer networks on membranes.
- D. R. McCusker, R. van Drongelen and T. Idema, "Active particle dynamics beyond the jamming density", EPL 125, 36001 (2019) / arXiv:1611.09125.
- R. van Drongelen, T. Vazquez-Faci, T. A. P. M. Huijben, M. van der Zee, and T. Idema, "Mechanics of epithelial tissue formation", J. Theor. Biol. 454, 182-189 (2018) / arXiv:1705.06205
- A. Vahid, A. Šarić, and T. Idema, "Curvature variation controls particle aggregation on fluid vesicles", Soft Matter 13, 4924-4930 / arXiv:1703.00776 (2017)
- A. Vahid and T. Idema, "Point-like inclusion interactions in tubular membranes", Phys. Rev. Lett. 117, 138102 / arXiv:1510.03610 (2016)
- R. van Drongelen, A. Pal, C. P. Goodrich, and T. Idema, "Collective dynamics of soft active particles", Phys. Rev. E 91, 032706 / arXiv:1411.4821 (2015)