LAI celebrates its newest doctor!

LAI ends the year on a celebratory note with the successful thesis defense of Leda Lacaria! Leda joined LAI as a doc2amu student under the supervision of Felix Rico (LAI) and Loic Le Goff (Institut Fresnel), where she focused on the comparison between benign and malignant breast tumoral cells using atomic force microscopy in force mapping, traction force microscopy, spinning-disk fluorescence microscopy, and polarization-resolved fluorescence microscopy. Luckily, she’ll stay with us for a few months in 2023 before embarking on new scientific adventures so we can enjoy her presence for a while longer! 😄

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 RiviĂšre, Ana Labernadie et Matthieu Piel. Congratulations Valentine and we look forward to having you around as an engineer after the well-deserved break!

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. đŸ„‚

One more Dr at LAI!

Yet another summer that ends with the graduation of a new PhD. Nicolas Garcia Seyda joined the lab as an engineer before deciding to pursue his PhD in the sunny city. He successfully defended his thesis entitled “Live imaging of leukocyte migration in controlled in vitro setups”. His presence in the lab is surely going to be missed, we wish him the best on his new adventures!

PhD Defense of Kamel

Mustapha Kamel Khelloufi defended his PhD thesis entitled: “Physics of mucociliary dynamics : device for studying the 3D cell migration : application to asthma and COPD” directed by Annie Viallat. Speciality Biophysics, Physics Doctoral School. The jury was also composed of: Jean-Marc Di Meglio (President), Pierre-Regis Burgel, Olivia Du Roure (Referees), Philippe Le Rouzic, Marc Jaeger, Isabelle Vachier, Pascal Chanez.

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Paulin NĂšgre defended his medical thesis!

Paulin NĂšgre PhD student and medical resident of LAI obtained his medical thesis  on “CaractĂ©risation quantitative de la migr

ation des leucocytes : applications mĂ©dicales” (“Quantitative characterization of leukocytes migration : medical applications“). The jury (composed notably of Pierre Bongrand, Olivier Theodoly and Philippe Robert from LAI who wore very folkloric costumes for this occasion) was enthusiastic enough to deliver congratulations and suggest submission of the work for a thesis award!