• TU Delft
  • TU Delft - Department of Bionanoscience


With the Semrau and Tans labs we received a grant for a PhD student within Nanofront (May 2015).

Ruben's Collective dynamics paper published in Phys. Rev. E as an Editor's suggestion (March 2015).

We have new BSc and MSc projects available.

Soufian joins the group as an MSc student on a joint project with Chirlmin Joo's lab.

Yuan successfully defended his BSc thesis in August 2014. Congrats!

Mechanical signaling paper accepted in Phys. Rev. E (June 2014).


To the Idema group at the Department of Bionanoscience at the TU Delft. We are a (mostly) theoretical biophysics group that has the good fortune to be part of a large department housing both experimentalists and theorists. Our main research interest is the topic of collective dynamics, from the level of single molecules such as proteins and molecular motors, all the way up to cells in tissue 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 insided and outside our own department.