Hi I am Ruud and I am a physicist. I work in this ICOS (as a PhD student) group because I am fascinated by how nature/natural selection has made interesting ways to cope with all kinds of different problems. In my research I look at how the spatial location of genetic information plays a role in single-cell system dynamics. It is seen that increasing the distance of two parts of a simple pathway can drastically affect its dynamics . I would like to know the physical mechanism leading to this different behaviour. I believe that nature could already be using this effect in its favour and that synthetic biology could be improved by mimicking its techniques.