Our research focus is on synthetic design of signalling networks and on the quantitative understanding of the regulation of developmental processes. We aim to understand how natural biological systems operate, what are the underlying concepts and principles. Exploiting the synergies between systems and synthetic biology we strive to uncover the design principles of natural biological systems through the rational synthetic design of minimal systems. Whereas we work largely theoretically, many of our projects are in close collaborations with an experimental partner. We use a broad range of methods, including analytical mathematical methods, statistical methods and computer simulations. Although individual projects often require a detailed understanding and the expansion/modification of the methods used, we always focus on the biological question. If you are interested to learn more about our research, please follow the link to the our project page.