Congratulations to our very own Valentine Seveau!

Valentine started her journey at LAI as an intern, and this week we’ve had the privilege of witnessing the fruit of her work. Valentine defended her Ph.D. project entitled “Quantitative study of cell guidance in controlled microenvironments: atypical cases of rheotaxis and adhesive haptotaxis” in front of the jury composed of: Nicolas Biais, Charlotte Rivière, Ana Labernadie et Matthieu Piel. Congratulations Valentine and we look forward to having you around as an engineer after the well-deserved break!

Launch of the BioPhysImmuno International Research Projet (IRP) supported by the CNRS

The BioPhysImmuno IRP project aims to continue a successful collaboration started through a CNRS Projet International de Coopération Scientifique (PICS) project (20218-2021) between two complementary laboratories, one located in Mexico and one in France. The project has been launched with Pierre-Henri Puech acting as coordinator!

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A commercial product with Idylle

The collaboration between the LAI (O Theodoly), the team of Tam Mignot (LCB, Marseille), and the team of Guillaume Sudre and David Laurent (IMP, Lyon) patented a process to adhere bacteria on microscope slides in 2018. The patent is now exploited by the company Idylle, and a commercial product is on the market, called “chitozen”.

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Congratulations to our newest dr!

After almost 4 years with us, Farah Mustapha has successfully defended her PhD. Farah completed her work under the supervision of Pierre-Henri Puech at LAI and Kheya Sengupta at CINaM (Centre Interdisciplinaire de Nanoscience de Marseille). Throughout her PhD, she produced soft gels as a substitute for antigen presenting cells (APC) to perform traction force microscopy (TFM) experiments with the aim of investigating the role of mechanotransduction in T cell activation. 🥂

LAI welcomes its new students!

LAI welcomes the new PhD students within its fold. This year, 5 students are joining us.

Ismahene Mesbah will be working on decoding protein structural folds, sequence, and structural motifs for the mechanical stability of proteins, and Devam Purohit will be quantifying and manipulating the molecular elasticity of muscle in vitro and in vivo. Both are working at LAI and IBDM and are funded by CENTURI.

We also have Luc David-Broglio who will be developing immunological diagnostic tools that are based on antibody micro-printing and his project is funded by Région PACA, Chandrasekar Subramani-Narayana who will work between LAI and LIS and will use deep learning for image inference, resolution increase and classification of adhered immune cells and is funded by AMU, and finally, Loriane Maillot who will be working between LAI and CIML to investigate molecular dynamics of the thymic immunological synapse during leukemogenesis.

A big welcome to our new batch of students this year, and all the best on your journey!