Dr. Timon Idema
Assistant Professor / Principal investigator
|Email:||t.idema [at] tudelft [dot] nl|
Ph.D. in theoretical physics, Leiden University, 2009
M.Sc. in mathematics, Leiden University, 2005
M.Sc. in physics, Leiden University, 2004
Sep 2012-present: assistant professor, TU Delft
Feb 2010-Jun 2012: postdoctoral researcher, University of Pennsylvania, working with Andrea Liu, Philip Nelson and Tom Lubensky.
Sep 2005-Dec 2009: PhD student, Leiden University, working with Cornelis Storm.
Jan-Feb 2008: Visiting PhD student, Institut Curie, Paris, working with Jean-François Joanny.
In September 2012, I started a theoretical biophysics group at the Department of Bionanoscience at TU Delft. You can read more about my research interests here. Next to doing research, I teach a number of courses in the nanobiology, physics and mathematics programs. See the talks and publications pages for an up-to-date overview of our scientific output.
From February 2010 until June 2012, I was a postdoc at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, U.S.A., working on several problems in soft condensed matter theory and theoretical biophysics. With Andrea Liu and Philip Nelson, I studied the development of early Drosophila embryos, in collaboration with the experimental group of Thomas Gregor at Princeton, and the development of early chicken hearts in collaboration with the experimental group of Dennis Discher at Penn. Together with Gareth Alexander I worked on self-diffusiophoresis, the propulsuion of particles by gradients they themselves create. With Tobias Baumgart and Tom Lubensky I studied the dynamics of phase separation in lipid bilayer membranes. With Ed Banigan I investigated the hydrodynamics of fluid flows in cells undergoing mitosis. Finally, at Penn I got interested in the collective behavior of self-propelled soft particles, in particular when they are close to jamming, which I studied with the help of Carl Goodrich, Anshuman Pal and Isaac Carruthers.
Until December 2009, I worked at the Instituut Lorentz of Leiden University. There I worked with Cornelis Storm on two topics in biophysics: the morphology of membranes and the behavior of molecular motors. We were very lucky to be able to directly cooporate with the Leiden experimental biophysics group of Thomas Schmidt and the AMOLF/Leiden group of Marileen Dogterom on both subjects. At the same time, I also collaborated with the group of Jean-François Joanny at the Institut Curie in Paris on the topic of cell adhesion and contact inhibition.