• Professor
    • Kees Storm
    • TU Eindhoven- The Netherlands
    • Biophysics

What we're made of: A guided tour of the structures and interactions that make up the human body

The human body is a giant molecular aggregate. It self-assembles in a dizzying hierarchy, from the smallest units of matter to the size of the body itself. But what, exactly, is the stuff that we are made of? And how, exactly, are we made of that stuff? What are the forces that keep us together, and prevent the stuff from seeking out higher entropy elsewhere in the universe? In this presentation I will attempt a tour taking us from the smalles to the largest biophysical lengthscales.


Cornelis (Kees) Storm (1973) is professor of theoretical biophysics at Eindhoven University of Technology, and chair of the Theory of Polymers and Soft Matter group. He obtained his master's degree (1997) and his PhD (2001) in Theoretical Physics at Leiden University, both under the supervision of Wim van Saarloos. He was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia), the Institut Curie (Paris) and the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. In 2007 Storm was appointed Assistant Professor at TU/e, at the department of Applied Physics and the Institute for Complex Molecular Systems; he has worked there since. In 2015 he spent some time at Harvard University's John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences as a visiting professor. Storm's principal research interest is the mechanics of biological materials, and how to leverage biological solutions to create better synthetic materials.

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