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PhD in biology in ENS Lyon (2012-2015):

I work on cell division in C. elegans embryos in Dr Marie Delattre lab, in LBMC. I'm characterizing a new pushing force involved in chromosome separation. The originality of this work lies in combining cell biology and biophysics approaches (microscopy, laser ablation, Matlab, RNAi, ...).

I develop my skills in microscopy applied to biology (MIFOBIO school, confocal microscope, Spinning Disk, two-photons, UV laser ablation), image analysis (ImageJ, Matlab, Metamorph, ZEN), C.elegans manipulation and cell biology (gene inactivation). I liked manipulating and visualizing biological samples in order to answer to a physics question.

In addition to my PhD, I teach the following courses in the biology and physics departments in ENS Lyon:

  • C. elegans pratical work (genetics and cell biology) with L3 students in the biology department
  • Modelisation wih L3 students in the biology department
  • Physics and Chemistry for Biology with M1 students in the biology department
  • Cell biology with L3 students in the physics department
  • Cell biology with M1 students in the physics department

During this PhD, I followed several "non-scientist" formations:

Engineering school of Grenoble INP - Phelma (2009-2012):

    Grenoble INP is a group of 6 engineering schools in Grenoble and Valence, France.
Each school has its own speciality, and Phelma, mine, is physics. I did one year of common courses in physics (semester 1, semester 2). On final year I chose a major, System and microsystem for physics and biotechnology, where I learned biology and physics involved in biotechnology. During this formation, I did 3 internships last 1, 2 and 6 months.

  • Semester abroad in TU/E 2011 in biomedical engineering:
I did a semester abroad in TU/E, (University of Technology of Eindhoven), thanks to the Erasmus exchange program (Sept 2011- Jan 2012). I was in the biomedical engineering department. I chose this University to complete my biomedical profile and to have the courses in English, selecting mainly biomechanical and biology and medical imaging. During this semester, I followed these courses:
    •  Biological mixtures
    •  Molecular imaging
    •  Perspectives on medical technologies
    •  Cancer and radiation biology
    •  Tissue mechanics
    •  Bone mechanics
    •  Biomaterials
    •  Pathophysiology of the cardiovascular system
    •  Agents for molecular imaging and therapy
    •  Tissue engineering

"Classe préparatoire aux grandes écoles" in CIV, PSI* (2007-2009):

In France, the main way to enter an engineering school is to do 2 years of "classe préparatoire aux grandes écoles" (CPGE). I did a year in PCSI (Physics, Chemistry, and Engineering Science) and a year in PSI* (Physics and Engineering Science) at scientific CPGE at CIV (International Center of Valbonne, website only in French). These two years prepare for a national competitive exam which offers the opportunity to apply for all French engineering schools.