Welcome Kalil!

Kalil Himet has started his master 1 BBSG internship at LAI, entitled “User friendlier optical tweezer force data processing”, under the supervision of P.H. Puech and L. Limozin.

The objective is to create a graphical user interface (GUI) and to optimize functions using Python, Tkinter and GNU/Linux. Soon on GitHub.

Two new grants for LAI

Felix Rico has been awarded a HFSP grant to study the “Evolutionary mechanics of adhesion complexes”, with Marcos Sotomayor (Ohio State University) and Vincent Lynch (University of Chicago).
Pierre-Henri Puech is starting, thanks to the CNRS PICS program, a collaboration with Mathieu Hautefeuille @ Facultad de Ciencias, at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México  http://www.fciencias.unam.mx/directorio/71182.
The project aims at characterizing the adhesion and mechanosension in fibrosis
Congrats to both!

Soon it will be out !

PHP book

Pierre-Henri Puech, together with Françoise Brochard-Wyart (UPMC) and Pierre Nassoy (CNRS)  co-authored a book proposing an educational synthesis of the physico-chemistry of soft matter. This domain, at the interface between physics and chemistry, also called complex fluids or self-organized systems, concerns materials based on liquid crystals, polymers or surfactants that are organized via weak interactions. The founding principles of this discipline are summarized, based on simple arguments inspired by the teaching method of Pierre-Gilles de Gennes, Nobel Prize in Physics in 1991. The extension of these concepts to biological systems also serves as an introduction to modern biophysics. Each concept is illustrated with an example from experiments or industrial applications, as well as the study of biological processes. The book will be available in bookstores and on dunod website from February 28th 2018.


LAI welcomes three new PhD students and two trainees!

LAI welcomes Geoffrey Delhaye, Leda Lacaria and Nicolás Garcia Seyda, who will start
their PhD theses in October. Geoffrey will work under the supervision of Olivier Théodoly and Philippe Robert. His PhD project proposes to develop functional substrates by protein printing, for diagnostic purposes in clinical immunology. Geoffrey holds a Master of Chemical Sciences from Mons University in Belgium. His previous research topic was about rat cortical neurons growth in controlled geometry. Leda and Nicolás were both selected by the Doc2Amu program. Leda will study malignat and benign cancer cells, combining atomic force and confocal microscopy to study cell mechanics and the cytoskeleton structure, under the supervision of Felix Rico and Dr. Loic Le Goff (Institute Fresnel). Nicolás, on the other hand, will study naive T cell migration in the lymph node by in vitro techniques and protein printing, under Olivier Theodoly’s and Marc Bajenoff’s (CIML) supervision.

LAI also welcomes Julien Lambert, who will perform an internship of 10 weeks in the lab. He’s preparing a BTS (Brevet de Technicien Superieur) ANABIOTECH diploma in Pontivy and will work under supervision of Martine Pelicot. Omar Ndao, Master student in immunology who did his two-month M1 internship with O. Theodoly and X. Luo, has also returned for another five months training, this time under the supervision of PH Puech and L. Limozin.

LAI wishes a warm welcome to all of them!