Universities have two tasks: to conduct research, and to teach. We take both equally seriously, and try to integrate them as much as possible. There is no reason why lectures should not be (inter)active, and why they should not include results from recent or even ongoing projects - while of course also providing a solid basis to build that research on. Neither does teaching stop at giving lectures, since you cannot learn how to `do research' from a lecture. Therefore, our group is always open for students interested in doing a theory-minded BSc or MSc end project.
The diversity of the activities and methods we employ in our group is reflected in the fact that we contribute to teaching in various educational programs. These include applied physics, nanobiology, and applied mathematics - but even though the various courses formally belong to a given program, they, like our research projects, are open to all interested students.
Current courses (2018-2019)
- Soft matter (NB4070) - an elective for NB and AP students. The course includes an introduction to continuum mechanics (elasticity and fluid dynamics). We discuss mixtures, polymers, viscoelastic materials, and membranes, with applications to biological systems. September-January, lectures Friday 10:45-12:30, problem sessions Friday 13:45-15:30.
- Geometry of physics (NB4110) - an elective for NB, AP and AM students. In this guided self-study course students learn how to use differential geometry to describe polymers, membranes, and spacetime. Please contact me directly if you'd like to join.
- Quantum mechanics for Nanobiology (NB3017 & NB3018) - February-April.
- Mechanics and relativity for Mathematics (TN1531TW) - February-April.
- iGEM (LM3691) - TU Delft team for the international Genetically Engineered Machines competition; multi-disciplinary with participants from LST, NB, AP and various other programs - May-October.
Each year the team participates in the iGEM competition in Boston. The last four teams have been very successful:
- The 2018 team won the overgraduate prizes for best new application and best product design, and was nominated for six more prizes.
- The 2017 team won the overall competition as well as a bunch of other prizes.
- The 2016 team won the overgraduate prices for best new application, composite part, and model.
- The 2015 team won the overall competition as well as prizes for best hardware, website, and applied design.