Dr. R. (Rutger) Hermsen

Hugo R. Kruytgebouw
Padualaan 8
Kamer N602
3584 CH Utrecht

Dr. R. (Rutger) Hermsen

Assistant Professor
Theoretical Biology
+31 30 253 3840

2013 – now

Assistant Professor (Tenure Track)
University Utrecht, Department of Biology, Theoretical Biology and Bioinformatics

2012 – 2013

Postdoctoral research, supported by NWO through a‘VENI’ grant
Delft University of Technology, Dept. of Bionanoscience
VENI project: ‘Stochastic models of evolution driven by spatial heterogeneity’

2009 – 2012

Postdoctoral research with Prof. Terence Hwa
University of California San Diego, Center for Theoretical Biological Physics


1. Speed, sensitivity and bimodality in transcriptional response networks

2. Physiology of bacterial cells growing on mixed substrates

3. Evolution in heterogeneous environments

2004 – 2008

Doctoral Research with Prof. Pieter Rein ten Wolde
FOM-institute AMOLF and Free University (VU), Amsterdam


1. Principles and mechanisms of transcriptional regulation in prokaryotes

2. Organization and evolution of genome organization