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!

LAI welcomes new PI!

The lab is excited to have Arnauld Sergé joining its researchers staff. Arnauld is an associate professor in Biology and Physics at AMU. His research is centered on membrane dynamics using single-molecule microscopy and image analysis, with his current project focusing on « Dynamic videonanoscopy of immuno-cancer interactions ».

LAI welcomes new Post Doc members: Jorge Rodriguez Ramos, Claire Valotteau and Luca Piantanida!

Jorge Rodriguez Ramos joined the lab in November 2018, while Claire Valotteau and Luca Piantanida in January 2019. Jorge is working on the project “ Multi-scale mechanics of dynamic leukocyte adhesion ” and Claire is working on “Evolutionary mechanics of adhesion complexes” project both with Felix Rico. Luca Piantanida works with Ignacio Casuso on “Protein-induced lipids partitioning and cell mechanical properties influenced by Salmonella infection”. Welcome!

New review published by LAI members

A new review on the toxoplasma walls was just published in collaboration
with A. Dumetre from IHU, Marseille. In this review, we highlight how
the oocyst and sporocyst walls sustain the persistence and transmission
of infective T. gondii parasites from terrestrial and aquatic
environments to the host. We further discuss why targeting the oocyst
wall structure and molecules may reduce the burden of foodborne and
waterborne T. gondii infections.