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Laura Bertens

University Lecturer

Dr. L.M.F. Bertens
+31 71 527 6272

Laura Bertens is a University Lecturer at the Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society.

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Digital Humanities:

  • NWO KIEM project "E-Canon": applying ontological modelling to the study of Art History, in particular the process of canon formation.
  • HERITAGE PLUS project EUWATHER: collecting, annotating and presenting cultural heritage related to historic waterways in four European regions (in the Netherlands, Italy, Spain and the UK), by creating a Spatial Database Infrastructure, to be used in research and public application (like smartphone apps). Within this project, my academic interest lies with the collective memory related to these waterways and their heritage.

Posthumanism: emergent and mediated subject positions in the Posthuman era and the ways in wich art can explore these.

Research in Bioinformatics concerned computerised modelling of vertebrate development, using various techniques: 3D visualisation of heart development in the turtle species Emys orbicularis, Petri Net modelling and analysis of the AP-axis formation in the frog Xenopus laevis and building dynamic ontologies of the anatomy, physiology and development of the vertebrate heart. 

Teaching activities

  • 2008-10: 'Microscopy, modelling and visualisation' and 'Human Computer Interaction' (BA Computer Science, MA Media Technology)
  • 2010-13: 'Biomodelling and Petri Nets' (BA Computer Science, MA Media Technology)
  • 2013-15: 'Representatie' (BA Art History and BA Film and Literary Studies)
  • 2013-14: 'Cultural Studies' (BA International Studies), 'Primitivism' (MA Arts and Culture), 'Humanities Lab' introductory module
  • 2014-15: 'Globalisation, Culture and Language' (BA International Studies), 'The human condition' (MA Arts and Culture), 'How we are human' (elective International Studies)

Curriculum vitae

BA and MA in Classical Studies (Leiden University), BA and MA in Biology (Leiden University) and BA and MA in Art History (Leiden University)

2007-2012: PhD research in Bioinformatics, the Leiden Institute of Advanced Computer Science (Leiden University), dissertation "Computerised modelling for developmental biology", with a particular interest in ontological modelling and reptilian heart development.

2012-15: researcher and lecturer for Art History, International Studies and Leiden University College, with a focus on Critical Theory, Digital Humanities and the Posthuman
2013-15: external lecturer Royal Academy of Art, The Hague
2014: organisor NWO KIEM project "E-Canon"
2015: postdoc in HERITAGE PLUS project EUWATHER

University Lecturer

  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Centre for the Arts in Society
  • KG Moderne beeldende kunst

Work address

Johan Huizinga
Doelensteeg 16
2311 VL Leiden
Room number 1.18a


  • Bertens L.M.F. (2017), “Okay ladies, now let’s get in formation!”: Music Videos and the Construction of Cultural Memory, Open Cultural Studies 1(1): 88-98.article in journal
  • Bertens L.M.F. (2016), Playing and Dying Between the Real and the Hyperreal. Processes of Mediation in Mroué’s The Pixelated Revolution and Cardiff and Bures Miller’s Alter Bahnhof Video Walk., Third Text 30(1-2): 90-99.article in journal
  • Bertens L.M.F., Kleijn J., Hille S., Heiner M., Koutny M. & Verbeek F.J. (2016), Modeling Biological Gradient Formation: Combining Partial Differential Equations and Petri Nets, Natural computing 154(4): 665-675.article in journal
  • Becker A., Bertens L. & Deicher S. (2015), Mondriaan en Nolde in de natuur. In: Mondriaan en Nolde in de natuur.: De Vrije Uitgevers.book chapter
  • Bertens L.M.F., Kleijn J., Hille S.C., Koutny M., Heiner M. & Verbeek F.J. (2013), Modeling biological gradient formation: combining partial differential equations and Petri nets: University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK.report
  • Bertens L.M.F. (12 September 2012), Computerised Modelling for Developmental Biology (PhD thesis, Faculteit der Wiskunde en Natuurwetenschappen, Leiden University). Supervisor(s) and Co-supervisor(s):Kok J.N., Verbeek F.J.PhD thesis
  • Bertens L.M.F., Kleijn J. & Verbeek F.J. (2012), Biomodelling and Petri Nets, Eureka magazine : 6-8.article in magazine/newspaper
  • Bertens L.M.F., Slob J. & Verbeek F.J. (2011), A generic organ based ontology system, applied to vertebrate heart anatomy, development and physiology, Journal of Integrative BioInformatics 8(2): 167.article in journal
  • Bertens L.M.F., Richardson M.K. & Verbeek F.J. (2010), Analysis of cardiac development in the turtle Emys orbicularis (Testudines: Emidydae) using 3D computer modeling and reconstruction based on serial sections, Anatomical Record 293(7): 1101-1114.article in journal
  • Yan K., Bertens L.M.F. & Verbeek F.J. (2010), Image Registraton and Realignment using Evolutionary Algorithms with High resolution 3D model from Human Liver. In: A.D. Sappa (Ed.) Proceedings 11th IASTED International Conference on Computer Graphics and Imaging (CGIM 2010)},.. track 679-014.conference paper
  • Bertens L.M.F., Kleijn H.C.M., Koutny M. & Verbeek F.J. (2010), Modelling Gradients Using Petri Nets: Universiteit Leiden.report
  • Bertens L.M.F., Kleijn J., Koutny M. & Verbeek F.J. (2010), Modelling Gradients Using Petri Nets. In: Proceedings International Workshop on Biological Processes & Petri Nets (BioPPN) Braga, Portugal, June 21 2010.. 55-69.conference paper
  • Bertens L.M.F., Jansen H.J., Kleijn J., Koutny M. & Verbeek F.J. (2009), Using Petri Nets in Higher Level Development Biology: A case study on the AP axis development in Xenopus laevis. Extended abstract. onbekend: LIACS.report
  • Brittijn S.A., Duivesteijn S.J., Belmamoune M., Bertens L.M.F., Bitter W., de Bruijn J. D., Champagne D. L., Cuppen E., Flik G., Van den Broucke-Grauls C. M., Janssen R., de Jong I. E. M., De Kloet E. R., Kros A., Meijer A., Metz J. R., van der Sar A. M., Schaaf M. J., Schulte-Merker S., Spaink H. P., Tak P. P., Verbeek F.J., Vervoordeldonk M.J., Vonk F., Witte F., Yuan H. & Richardson M.K. (2009), Zebrafish development and regeneration: new tools for biomedical research, International Journal of Developmental Biology 53(5-6): 835-850.article in journal
  • Brittijn S.A., Duivesteijn S.J., Belmamoune M., Bertens L.M.F., Bitter W., Bruijn J.D. de, Champagne D.L., Cuppen E., Flik G., Vandenbroucke-Grauls C.M., Janssen R.A., Jong I.M. de, Kloet E.R. de, Kros A., Meijer A.H., Metz J.R., Sar A.M. van der, Schaaf M.J.M., Schulte-Merker S., Spaink H.P., Tak P.P., Verbeek F.J., Vervoordeldonk M.J., Vonk F.J., Witte F., Yuan H. & Richardson M.K. (2009), Zebrafish development and regeneration: new tools for biomedical research., European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics 53: 835-850.article in journal
  • Richardson M.K., Bertens L.M.F., Belmamoune M. & Verbeek F.J. (2008), Zebrafish Developmental Patterning: New Tools for Medical Research, International Journal of Developmental Biology .article in journal
  • Putten P.W.H. van der, Bertens L.M.F., Liu J., Hagen F, Boekhout T. & Verbeek F.J. (2007), Classification of Yeast Cells from Image Features to Evaluate Pathogen Conditions. In: Hanjalic, A., Schettini, R., Sebe, N. (Eds.) SPIE Vol. 6506.. 650601-14.conference paper

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