Tom Shimizu

Tom Shimizu

Biography

We are excited to announce the second speaker of our symposium! Tom Shimizu is a group leader at AMOLF and a professor in the department of Physics and Astronomy, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Before he became a professor he did his Ph.D. at the University of Cambridge, where he worked on biophysical problems of intracellular signaling using stochastic methods. He did his postdoc at Harvard University, where he developed FRET experiments in live bacteria. His research at AMOLF focusses on in vivo biophysics of sensing and behavior, where they aim to link the temporal dynamics of sensing and behavior imposed by the implementing machinery and evolutionary selection. Therefore they try to answer questions such as, Can naturally evolved systems be understood in the same language that engineers use to study design machines for a specific purpose?