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.

http://www.paca.inserm.fr/actualites/ouvrage-physique-de-la-matiere-molle

Two projects supported by Amidex with LAI leader – December 2017

The project “A biophysical study of leucocytes recruitment and its application to Q fever” has been selected for the Interdisciplinary call.  It is lead by Marie-Pierre Valignat and involves collaboration with the team of Pr J-L. Mège from Assistance Publique Hôpitaux de Marseille.

The project “Selection and application of antibodies under force” has been selected
for the Emergence and Innovation call. It is lead by Laurent Limozin and involves collaboration with the team of Dr P. Chames from Centre de Recherche en Cancérologie de Marseille.

 Many congratulations to all!