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!
Author: Lama Awada
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!
For more information: https://phpuech.wordpress.com/biophysimmuno-irp/
Talk at Bruker instruments!
Pierre-Henri Puech is giving a seminar at the Novel Applications of Optical Tweezers in the Physical and Life Sciences webinar organized by Bruker on October 12! For more information: https://mbns.bruker.com/acton/fs/blocks/showLandingPage/a/9063/p/p-02ec/t/page/fm/2?sid=TV2:isfchtYbJ
Poster at Imaging – R&D Seminar 2022
Our PhD student Chandrasekar SUBRAMANI NARAYANA presented a poster entitled “Deep Learning Based Counting & Localization of Phage Under TIRF Microscopy” at the conference organized by the Institute Imaging Marseille this September!
LAI members at PLM 16!
Our PhD students participated in the Physics of Living Matter conference organized in Marseille this year which was followed by PLM 16 II at Cambridge! Valentine Seveau gave a talk, while Ismahene Mesbah, Rémy Torro and Beatriz Diaz Bello presented their posters!
For more information: https://centuri-livingsystems.org/plm16/
3 LAI members at the Lymphocyte antigen receptor signaling EMBO workshop!
Lama Awada, Farah Mustapha, and Pierre-Henri Puech presented their posters at one of the most anticipated conferences of the year in Siena, Italy. In addition, Lama was awarded the EFIS-EJI grant which is dedicated to young scientists who produced abstracts of outstanding quality!
For more details: https://meetings.embo.org/event/20-lymphocyte
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”.
For more information on the product: https://www.idylle-labs.com/chitozen-by-chitosan
For more information about the collaboration, and the involvement of CNRS: https://www.cnrs.fr/fr/cnrsinfo/idylle-une-nouvelle-voie-de-valorisation-pour-les-outils-de-recherche
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. 🥂
Valentine Seveau wins poster prize!
Valentine participated in the AQV DAYS 2022: QUANTITATIVE APPROACHES TO LIVING SYSTEMS conference where she presented a poster entitled “Haptotaxis towards low adhesion” and won the prize for best poster! Congratulations Valentine!
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!
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