UMR 8231 Chimie, Biologie, Innovation (CBI) ESPCI-CNRS
I’m Junior Research Chair (JRC) at the Institut Pierre-Gilles de Gennes pour la Microfluidique and at ESPCI Paris. As fresh PI I’m building a new research team, the Molecular Self-Assembly Lab (SAM Lab) which is hosted at the IPGG building in the heart of Paris.
My research themes are positioned at the interface between soft-matter physics and synthetic biology. My research activity is focused on the study of molecular self-assembly as fundamental driver of complexity in biological systems: from the formation and evolution of biopolymers in prebiotic conditions, to the modern cellular organization and functioning.
To achieve these objectives I exploit typical soft-matter concepts of self-assembly, phase transitions and phase separations in complex molecular mixtures. In particular, I have a strong background in the investigation of the spontaneous liquid crystal (LC) ordering of concentrated solutions of DNA/RNA nucleotides/oligomers.
I’m actually expanding such investigation to more complex mixtures including many different molecular species. To tackle this goal, I’m adopting microfluidics to achieve high-throughput multidimensional experimental investigations on soft matter systems under different physical-chemical conditions.
I have a strong background in several physical approaches for the characterization of soft phases of matter, such as microscopy (optical, polarized, fluorescence, confocal, electron), scattering of light (visible and X-rays), micro-rheology and differential dynamic microscopy.
At the same time I became experienced also in molecular biology and biochemistry techniques for nucleic acids manipulation, chemical modification and analysis.
I’m always looking for motivated students to join the lab for internships and PhD thesis. In case you’re interested don’t esitate to contact me at email@example.com.