Willem Vanderlinden

Reader in Experimental Biophysics


Willem Vanderlinden obtained his Ph.D. under the supervision of Steven De Feyter at KU Leuven, Belgium, where he used atomic force microscopy to image and quantify interactions of DNA with proteins and small molecules. Afterwards, he moved to Germany as a postdoctoral fellow of the Research Foundation – Flanders (FWO) to join the lab of Jan Lipfert at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, where he developed magnetic tweezers assays to study the dynamics of retroviral integration and DNA supercoiling. Within the same laboratory, he later took the role of junior group leader focusing on how nucleic acids are (re-)arranged in the context of multipart nucleoprotein complexes. Since 1st of October Willem joined the University of Edinburgh and the School of Physics and Astronomy to establish the laboratory of experimental biophysics of chromatin structure and mobile DNA.