Leader of the group Life Sciences: Leen Stougie.

Our research group creates fundamental knowledge and applied solutions in the broad field of life sciences. We promote understanding of how biological processes work in detail. Our interdisciplinary team of computer scientists, mathematicians and theoretical biologists develops new models, theories, and decision support systems in collaboration with experimental biologists and medical experts. We are motivated by applications of our work in practice.


Current Projects

  • 3D dose reconstruction for children with long-term follow-up Toward improved decision making in radiation treatment for children with cancer
  • Enhancing protein-drug binding prediction
  • Fully reproducible workflows scaling from workstations to the cloud
  • ICT based Innovations in the Battle against Cancer – Next - Generation Patient -Tailored Brachytherapy Cancer Treatment Planning
  • Improving Childhood Cancer Care when Parents Cannot be There - Reducing Medical Traumatic Stress in Childhood Cancer Patients by Bonding with a Robot Companion
  • Promotieonderzoek CWI-IoP
  • Reconstructing the interactions between cells and extracellular matrix during angiogenesis
  • Statistical Models for Structural Genetic Variants in the Genome of the Netherlands
    Deep Spiking Vision: Better, Faster, Cheaper

Members of Life Sciences



Cells’ own contractions stimulate growth orientation

Cells’ own contractions stimulate growth orientation

During the growth of embryos cells align with forces from the surrounding tissue. These forces originate from differences in growth rates, muscle contractions or gravity. Mathematicians at the CWI research centre in Amsterdam now showed for the first time that active cell contractions can accelerate and facilitate this reorientation of cells. Their research was recently published in the leading Biophysical Journal (112).

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