Aurélien Bancaud, CNRS Researcher, LAAS/CNRS, Toulouse, France
Aurélien Bancaud (Chargé de Recherches, LAAS/CNRS) is working at the frontiers of micro/nanofluidics, physics and genomics. During his PhD at Institut Curie (2000-2004, Paris), he carried out pioneering researches on chromosome torsional dynamics using single molecule manipulation techniques. He then worked on chromosome organization in living cells during his post-doc at EMBL (2005-2006, Heidelberg). He joined the biotechnology department of LAAS-CNRS (Toulouse) in 2007, a stronghold for silicon-based nanofabrication and biomaterials integration, where he developed technologies for high throughput chromosome manipulation, separation, and visualisation in vitro and in vivo. His career record includes 34 publications (940 citations) and 7 patents, three of which being transferred to SMEs.
Lydéric Bocquet est directeur de recherche au CNRS et professeur attaché à l’Ecole Normale Supérieure. Ses travaux de recherche s’étendent aux domaines à l’interface entre la matière molle, la dynamique des fluides et les nanosciences. Il combine expériences, théorie et simulations numériques pour explorer le transport des fluides des échelles macroscopiques jusqu’aux échelles nanométriques, avec des applications dans les domaines des sciences de matériaux, des fluides complexes, et de la micro- et nano- fluidique. L’objectif de ses recherches récentes est d’exploiter les propriétés parfois étranges des fluides aux nano-échelles pour proposer des voies nouvelles dans les domaines de l’énergie renouvelable et de la désalinisation. Au delà de ces sujets académiques, il a également un attrait particulier pour la physique du quotidien.
Hugues Bodiguel, Assistant Professor, Laboratoire du Futur, Pessac, France
Hugues Bodiguel is associate professor of Physics and Mechanics in Bordeaux INP since 2008. He obtained his PhD in 2006 at ESPCI ParisTech on properties of ultrathin polymer films, and performed a post-doc in Orsay before joinng the LOF in Bordeaux. His main research interest concerned small scales flows involving complex fluids such as polymer solutions, gels or suspensions. He has been focusing over the few past years on the opportunity to use microfluidics to address these issues, in the context of flows in porous media.
Henrik Bruus, Professor, Department of Physics, Technical University of Denmark
Henrik Bruus received his Ph.D. degree in physics from Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen in 1990, and then worked as postdoc at Nordic Institute of Theoretical Physics 1990-92, Yale University 1992-94 and CNRS Grenoble 1994-96. He returned to the Niels Bohr Institute as associate professor 1997-2001, before moving to the Technical University of Denmark in 2001. He became full professor of lab-chip systems in 2005 and of theoretical physics in 2012. He has (co)authored more than 110 journal papers on condensed matter physics and microfluidics, 140 conference papers, and 2 monographs, the latest being « Theoretical Microfluidics », Oxford University Press (2008).
Educated as a single-molecule biophysicist during his PhD at the Laboratoire de Physique Statistique (ENS, Paris), Gilles Charvin moved to the study of the yeast cell cycle for his postdoc at the Rockefeller University (New York). Combining single-cell microfluidics-based techniques with dynamical systems modeling, he investigated the dynamical properties (flexibility, robustness and irreversibility) of cell cycle progression. Following his establishment as a group leader in Strasbourg, he further developed experimental strategies to track cell proliferation with single cell resolution. Recent contributions focused on the origin of replicative aging and the mechanism of homeostatic properties in response to oxidative stress in budding yeast.
L. Davoust received his engineer / master degree in 1993. He received his PhD degree from the Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble (INPG) in 1996, and then worked as postdoc at Ecole Polytechnique of Montreal. After a 7 months experience as industrial researcher at IRSID institute (ARCELOR-MITTAL), he joined CNRS as permanent researcher (LEGI Laboratory) in the end of 1997. In 2010, he moved to Grenoble-INP as full professor of fluid mechanics. His current research topics include electrowetting, magnetohydrodynamics, rheology of surfaces and thin films, with potential applications in digital microfluidics, nanoimprint, flow-induced nanopatterning, and in metallurgy. He has (co)authored 50 journal papers and 4 patents in the fields of multiphysics fluid mechanics and microfluidics.
Andrew D. Griffiths, Professor, ESPCI ParisTech, Paris, France
Andrew D. Griffiths est docteur de l’Université de Leicester à 24 ans. Il poursuit ensuite sa carrière au laboratoire de biologie moléculaire du Medical Research Council à Cambridge où il est nommé chercheur titulaire. Andrew Griffiths découvre et met au point un nouveau système de sélection rapide et de criblage à haut débit, la compartimentation in vitro (IVC). Ce système est par exemple applicable à la sélection d’acides nucléiques, au criblage des interactions protéines-protéines ou de petites molécules à visée thérapeutique. En 2004, il bénéficie d’une chaire d’excellence du Ministère de l’Enseignement Supérieur et de la Recherche pour créer un laboratoire de biologie chimique à l’Institut ISIS de l’Université de Strasbourg dirigé par Jean-Marie Lehn puis Thomas Ebbesen. Il met au point de nouvelle méthode d’évolution dirigée et combine des techniques d’IVC et de microfluidique. En 2011, Andrew Griffiths est nommé professeur de biochimie à l’ESPCI ParisTech
Jean-Michel Peyrin, CNRS Researcher, Institut de Biologie Paris Seine , France
Jean-Michel Peyrin is currently researcher (CR1, CNRS) and team leader at the Institut de Biologie Paris Seine(IBPS; UMR8256 CNRS, team 5). Dr JM Peyrin has active interest in the propagation of neuronal dysfunction along neuronal pathways and the role axonal and synaptic degeneration in neurodegenerative syndromes. He is also strongly involved in developing compartmentalized microfluidic cell culture devices for primary neurons. The new microfluidic platforms he settled allows the reconstruction of rodent and human neuronal networks in vitro. Prior joining CNRS and IBPS, JM Peyrin was assistant Professor at Université-de-Paris-Sud and INRA (National Agronomical Research Institute). He acquired strong experience in propagating infectious prions in primary neuronal cell cultures, allowing studying the pathogenic properties of prions in neurons. Jean-Michel Peyrin did his post-doctoral training in the laboratory of Gabriel Corfas at Harvard Medical School where he studied neuron / glia interaction during development. Prior this, he did his PhD in the laboratory of Pr D. Dormont (CEA, France) where he studied the neurobiological impact of prions infection
Pascal PITIOT is ww-R&D expert for Chemical Engineering, more focused on Reaction Engineering, Mixing and Process Intensification for Solvay group. Graduated in Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Industries Chimiques in Nancy (France) as Process Chemical Engineer, he hold a PhD on Mixing and Agitation in 1999 in Nancy, in the team of Pr. J. Villermaux and L. Falk. In 2000, he joined Rhodia group as R&D chemical engineer and was appointed Reaction R&D expert in 2004 and wordlwide in 2008. He is now principal scientist for Solvay, working on R&D projects, innovation and breakthrough in Chemical engineering, plants support, internal consulting and Solvay representation Solvay for some consortia. In parallel, a partial activity of teaching about Mixing, Agitation, Reaction engineering (scaleup, heterogeneous catalysis, bioreactors, polymerisation) allows him to interact with people of other companies (intra or inter companies courses) and students with an Introduction to Process Intensification (engineering schools or universities in Lyon and Paris). He has been asked to take part to several organizing or scientific committees.
Benoit Scheid is professor at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium), where he got his PhD in 2004 on theoretical modelling of hydrodynamic instabilities in heated falling liquid films. He performed his postdoc in the Stone’s group at Harvard University before getting a permanent position at ULB form the National Foundation for Scientific Research (FNRS). His main research activities are split into two categories: (i) liquid film dynamics with interfacial phenomena, such as in dip coating, film pulling, film stretching, film spreading, falling films, and (ii) physico-chemical unit operations using microfluidics, such as liquid/gas absorption, liquid/liquid separation, crystallisation, reaction.
Derek Stein is Associate Professor of Physics at Brown University. He joined Brown in the fall of 2006, following postdoctoral work at the Kavli Institute of Nanoscience at the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. He obtained his Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Harvard University in 2003, and his B.Sc. from McGill University in 1997. His main research interests are in nanoscience, soft condensed matter physics, and biological physics. His group performs experiments on nanofluidic channels, solid-state nanopores, and other nanotechnologies in pursuit of fundamental understanding and practical applications. Derek also has an interest in energy, and he co-supervised a team of students from Brown, the Rhode Island School of Design, and the Erfurt University of Applied Sciences, who successfully competed in the 2014 Solar Decathlon Europe, designing, building, and operating a solar powered house.
O Theodoly was initially trained in physics and chemistry. He worked on polymers and colloids in solution and at interfaces during his PhD at the Collège de France (Paris, 1999) and his Post Doc at UC Berkeley (USA, 2000-2001). He was then recruited at the CNRS in the « joined » Laboratory with Rhodia-Inc and Princeton University (New jersey, USA, 2002-2006).In 2006, he moved to the Laboratory « Adhesion & Inflammation » in Marseille and started there an novel activity in Biophysics consisting in developing microfluidic approaches to study cell biology with bacteriologists, immunologists, and medical doctors. The main field of interest concerns the recruitment of leukocytes during an inflammatory response. Microfluidics devices were designed to characterize quantitatively the rheological and frictional properties of leukocytes in the constrictions of the microvasculature, and diagnostic tools were developed to analyze the early development of the acute respiratory distress syndrome. Together with MP Valignat and A Lellouch from LAI, he is now investigating migration properties of leukocytes and novel devices are being developed to control the mechanical and chemical stimuli relevant for the migration and transmigration of T-lymphocytes during an immune response.
Birgit Ungerböck’s educational background lies in the area of optical sensor development with a strong focus on integration of optical oxygen and pH sensors into microfluidic devices. During her PhD at the Institute of Analytical Chemistry and Food Chemistry at Graz University of Technology (Graz, Austria) she optimized and evaluated different sensor formats for microfluidic applications – sensor layers, nano sensor particles and magnetic sensor particles – and combined them with different read-out methods. At microfluidic ChipShop GmbH (Jena, Germany) she started to develop microfluidic modules and miniaturized bioreactor systems fully equipped with advanced sensor technology as a postdoc within a Marie Curie ITN project. Additionally, her expertise comprises different applications of these fully equipped devices including microfluidic cell culture and process intensification of enzymatic conversions in microbioreators.
Catherine Villard is a CNRS research director. As a physicist by training (and a former experience in superconductivity), she has been conducting researches in the field of neurosciences for the last eight years. Her entry point into this new research topic was facilitated by her expertise in micro-nano fabrication and electronics, and her first achievements focussed on neuronal signal recording devices. She became then more and more interested in the biophysics of neuronal circuits, first with the aim to build networks of controlled architecture and polarity at the single cell level, then more and more driven by fundamental interests for the dynamics of neuronal growth and polarization. In this line, she have moved to Physico-Chimie Curie in October 2014 (group Macromolecules and Microsystems in Biology and Medicine) to initiate biophysical projects, in particular integrating microfluidic approaches for neurosciences.