Ph.D. opportunity in Cancer Cell Mechanics in France

Here is an opportunity to work on an interesting project studying the mechanics and dynamics of the cytoskeleton in cancer cells.  The project is in a a great research group at Aix-Marseille University and is fully funded by Marie Skłodowska Curie actions and Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region.

Collaborative Project – Ph.D Position at Institut Curie in Fall 2017

Asymmetric Cell Division and the Acto-Myosin Cytoskeleton

The project is an interdisciplinary, international collaboration between biologists, physicists and chemists in France, Germany and the USA.

Program geared toward non-French applicants—see guidelines:

More information & application:

Note: Applicants must have completed Masters Degree by Fall 2017

Application deadline: February 5th, 2017 at 17:00 CET

Full application + 2 letters of recommendation due on this date!!

 PhD Position Call for Application (PDF)

For questions please contact:

Dr. Julie Plastino

Laboratoire Physicochimie Curie, UMR 168

Institut Curie-Section de Recherche


Paper on “Nonequilibrium dissipation” is now published!

Nonequilibrium dissipation in living oocytes

Abstract: Living organisms are inherently out-of-equilibrium systems. We employ recent developments in stochastic energetics and rely on a minimal microscopic model to predict the amount of mechanical energy dissipated by such dynamics. Our model includes complex rheological effects and nonequilibrium stochastic forces. By performing active microrheology and tracking micron-sized vesicles in the cytoplasm of living oocytes, we provide unprecedented measurements of the spectrum of dissipated energy. We show that our model is fully consistent with the experimental data, and we use it to offer predictions for the injection and dissipation energy scales involved in active fluctuations.