Lab news

Yeast mating: here we go!

I am absolutely delighted to share the news that, together with Irene Stefanini (U. Torino), Daniel Segrè (Boston Uni) and Elizabeth New (U. Sydney), we have been awarded a grant from the Human Frontiers Science Program to work on the biophysics of yeast mating. This is a very intriguing subject involving mechanical stresses, metabolism, mixing flows and…. (surprisingly) the gut of wasps! In our group, this grant will finance a postdoctoral position and a lab technician with a starting date of 1st of Nov. (Ads coming out soon)

PhD opening (PHYMOT)

We are currently looking for a PhD student, funded by the Marie-Curie European Training Network PHYMOT. Come with us to study the inner biomechanics of the eukaryotic flagellum, one of the most complex known (biological) micro-machine! The PhD position is an excellent opportunity to do your research within a fantastic Europe-wide network of researchers, and an exciting plan of training activities and secondments.

To know more, feel free to email Marco. The current deadline is January 2020, with a starting date between February and December 2020. The position will be re-advertised if needed.

Dr. Henshaw!

Great news! On Friday Richard has successfully defended his PhD thesis 🙂 We were all very happy and wish Richard all the best in his future postdoc at Tufts! A couple of papers from his thesis work on micromonas will be submitted later this year 🙂

PhD and PDRA opening for biophysics of phototaxis


Currently seeking a PhD student  (UK/EU) and a PDRA (any nationality) to work on an exciting new international and interdisciplinary project exploring the link between light-induced motility and photosynthesis in microalgae.

The project is generously funded by The Leverhulme Trust, and is a collaboration with Idan Tuval (IMEDEA, Mallorca Spain) and Dimitris Petroutsos (CEA, Grenoble France). It will involve extensive travelling between the partners (all costs covered)!

Apply here or here for the PhD, and here for the PDRA. Starting date Sept 2019 (potentially flexibility). Project duration 3.5y.

For more informations, feel free to contact Marco.