Welcome to Florian Dupuy

We welcome Florian Dupuy, our new INSERM engineering assistant. Florian has had extensive experience at the Cochin Insitiute in the parasitology team Biology of Plasmodium Transmission, where he put to use his cellular and molecular biology skills to decipher the plasmodium parasite’s interactions with host cells, a critical step towards finding antimalarial drugs.

Florian will deploy his valued experience in the many projects of LAI for years to come.

Congratulations to Martine, médaille de cristal du CNRS 2022!

Each year, the CNRS awards talented women and men, support staff in research, whose creativity, mastery and innovative flair, contributes to pushing knowledge and to the excellence of French research, with the “médaille de cristal” (crystal medal) 🏅.

We are proud to announce that our engineer Martine Pelicot was chosen as one of the recipients of the 2022 edition. Congratulations!

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. 🥂

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!

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!