Who am I?

My name is Frank Bruggeman and I am a professor at the VU University of Amsterdam. I live in Rijswijk, in between The Hague and Delft together with my girlfriend and our cat. I enjoy cycling on my racing bike, tennis and walking.

My main scientific fascination is the working of bacteria. How they manage to grow, adapt, evolve, cooperate, etc. I strongly believe that a mathematical theory can be formulated about how they function in terms of their molecular biology and evolutionary history. That theory will be based on principles of mathematics, physics and biochemistry. We have been working on that theory since approx. 2010. Some of my posts on this site will be about that theory. In addition to the development of theory I enjoy experiments with microorganisms, mostly Escherichia coli, Bacillus subitilis, and Saccharomyces cerevisiae. (I have been involved in experiments with mammalian cells in the past.) Most of our current experiments are at the single level focussing on the regulation of growth rate by single microbial cells.