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


Current Projects

  • Pattern formation in heterogeneous tissues and colonies
  • Self-assembly of polymer networks on membranes.

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Associate Professor

Timon Idema

Management Assistant

Ava Nievaart