My research focusses on the general design principles of gene regulatory networks. Examples of questions I am asking are: In how many different ways can one task be achieved by different gene regulatory networks? What are the mechanisms of the different solutions? Do we find all these networks in nature? How do they evolve? How robust are they? To answer these questions, I build gene regulatory networks using the tools of synthetic biology and analyse them with a combination of wet lab experiments and computational modelling.