Youk Lab - Physics of Cellular Systems

Welcome to the Youk laboratory!
We are part of the Bionanoscience department of the Kavli Institute of Nanoscience at the Delft University of Technology.

Our lab aims to understand how interactions among molecules generate behaviours of living systems. Every molecule in a cell (e.g., DNA, mRNA, protein) is governed by the same laws and principles of physics as non-living systems. Yet unlike non-living systems such as rocks and metals, biomolecules can interact amongst themselves to somehow endow a cell with "life" and all the remarkable behaviours that are associated with the living state (e.g., decision-making, information processing, cognition). How are genes, proteins, and cells wired together such that living states and their dynamical behaviours emerge? We use experiments, models, and theories to reveal how the small and large-scale networks of interactions cause and control behaviours of unicellular and multicellular organisms. In doing so, we hope to reveal, through first principles, quantitative behavioural rules and design principles that are common to many different cell types and organisms.

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We combine experiments and theories to reveal how complex behaviours of living systems emerge from quantitative first principles.


Our papers describe how our quantitative eyes view living systems.


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