Computational Biology

Section Computational Science

Ongoing Research projects

Image Summary of the Research:


Simulation of a diffusion limited aggregation process, ``nutrient'' concentration is displayed in blue (light colours indicate a depletion of nutrients)


Simulation of a sponge with an accretive growth process (for example Haliclona oculata)


Surface rendering of a CT scan of the coral Madracis mirabilis


Simulated flow density pattern around a 3D image of Madracis mirabilis


Morphological analysis of complex-shaped branching morphologies of the scleractinian coral Madracis mirabilis

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Simulated growth of a scleractinian coral

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Madracis mirabilis reef in Curacao (photograph Mark Vermeij)


Volume rendering of a CT scan of the coral Madracis mirabilis


Simulated growth and body plan of a branching sponge. The simulated regulatory network produces light blue spots indicating relatively high concentrations of Iroquois marking the future positions of the exhalant pores in the sponge

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The sponge Haliclona oculat (Oosterschelde, the Netherlands, Photograph by Mario de Kluijver)


Cell-based modelling of gastrulation in the sea anemone Nematostella vectensis

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Quantification of the silicate morphology in the diatom Thalassiosira pseudonana


Quantitative morphological analysis of complex-shaped liverworth thalli


The starlet sea anemone Nematostella vectensis


Morpho space of simulated coral growth forms, from top to bottom translocation of nutrient over the simulated surface increases

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Morpho space of simulated coral growth forms, from top to bottom the influence of light increases

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Morpho space of simulated coral growth forms, from A-G the influence of uni-directional flow increases

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Morpho space of simulated coral growth forms


Flat bifurcations in coral (green) and a neuron (red) (picture by R. Sinclair)