Emma Keizer – new postdoc

Emma is a computational systems biologist who enjoys working in multi-disciplinary research teams. During her Ph.D. research, she studied noisy gene expression networks to investigate the implications of cell-to-cell variability on cellular fitness through a combination of experimental (single-cell) analysis and mathematical modelling. Her work in the Huck group is focused on designing mathematical models to investigate how signalling networks respond to external stimuli, and the analysis of multi-omics single-cell data. Outside of work, Emma is a keen cyclist and loves to learn new skills.

Welcome Emma to the group!

Leonardo Morini – new PhD student

Leonardo obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Biotechnology in 2018 and his Master’s degree in Molecular and Cell Biology in 2021 at University of Bologna, as a member of Collegio Superiore. For his Master thesis, he worked for one year in the group of Bacterial Genetics at Wageningen University & Research, focusing on CRISPR/Cas9, DNA repair mechanisms and alternative sigma factors. In late 2021, he started his PhD in the Huck group as part of the BaSyC research programme (Building a Synthetic Cell). His project focuses on gene expression and on how this is affected by different types of compartments and physical constraints. In his free time, he enjoys playing guitar, drums, sports and traveling.

Welcome Leonardo to the group!

Thijs de Jong – new PhD student

Thijs de Jong got his Master degree in Chemistry of Life at the Radboud University in 2021, during which he started in the Huck group for an internship. After his Master’s he is now continuing in the same lab as a PhD candidate. Thijs is interested in studying how chemical systems can be used to process information, currently he is researching how the complex chemistry in the prebiotic formose reaction could be used for reservoir computing. Outside of the lab he enjoys cooking, reading, hiking and he is a volunteer at Scouting.

Welcome to the group!

Souvik Ghosh – new PhD student

Souvik obtained his BS-MS dual degrees in chemical sciences from IISER Kolkata, India and joined Huck group to pursuit Ph.D. journey (from September 1, 2021 onwards). Here, he will be working on designing/ reconstructing multiple enzymatic reaction networks via immobilizing enzymes onto beads to study networks dynamics and subsequently optimize to produce chemicals as outputs.


Welcome Souvik to the Huck group!

Rianne Haije – new PhD student

Rianne comes from a small town in the Netherlands, called Heino. She moved to Nijmegen and obtained both her bachelor’s and master’s degree at the Radboud University. During this time, she discovered the wonderful world of organic chemistry and was especially fascinated by photoswitchable molecules. Therefore, she will continue to work on the synthesis and application of these molecules in complex enzymatic reaction networks. When she is not in the lab, she likes to cycle, play volleyball and hang out with her friends.

Welcome Rianne to the Huck group!

Sammie – our new group member

Please welcome our new lab support member – Sammie!

Sammie is a 3-month labrador and currently is working from home. His main job is to keep everyone around happy. And he’s very good at it! At the moment he is busy with the puppy training. His interests include food and chewing everything he can find around, especially the computer cables.