The Executive Board has appointed Dr. Alexander van Oudenaarden as Professor of Quantitative Biology of Gene Regulation at the Faculty of Science and the Faculty of Medicine. Van Oudenaarden is also Director of and group leader at the Hubrecht Institute. The appointment of Van Oudenaarden is a valuable and useful strengthening of the existing collaboration within Utrecht Life Sciences.
Alexander van Oudenaarden (42) studied and obtained his PhD degree in Physics at Delft University of Technology. After a period of working as a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University, he joined MIT in 2000. In 2008, he was appointed as Full Professor in Physics at MIT, followed by an appointment as Full Professor in Biology at MIT in 2009.
Van Oudenaarden has been working at the Hubrecht Institute since September 2012. In the same year, he was awarded a Vici grant and an ERC Advanced Grant.
Research and education
The research conducted by Van Oudenaarden can be described as highly multi-disciplinary. His group at MIT works with advanced (light) microscopy, microtechnologies, image analysis and cell culture techniques on a system and cellular level. Computer models, data processing and data analysis, and building and optimising automated systems (robotics) play a huge part in this area of activity. Van Oudenaarden also has extensive education experience and teaches courses in which students of Physics and Biology work together.