CENTURI Seminars

CENTURI Seminars

CENTURI Seminars are an opportunity for students and scientists of our community to discover the works of renowned scientists.

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Past seminars


  • External seminar: Frauke Grauter (Heidelberg University), January 9 – From mechanical to oxidative stress: mechanoradicals in collagen tissue
  • Internal seminar: Ede Rancz (INMED), January 16 
  • External seminar: Anastasios Pavlopoulos (IMBB), January 23 – Developmental morphogenesis: lessons from emerging pancrustacean models
  • Internal seminar: Frédéric Richard (I2M), January 30 – Inference for the anisotropic fractional Brownian field and biomedical applications
  • External seminar: Chris Lorenz (Imperial college), February 6 – Molecular dynamics simulations of biological systems
  • External seminar: Olivier Hamant (ENS Lyon), February 27 – How transcriptional noise and mechanical conflicts contribute to organ shape reproducibility. Auditorium to be found 
  • Internal seminar: Mar Benavides (MIO) March 13 - Marine particles as niches for non-cyanobacterial diazotrophs
  • External seminar: Aleksandra Walczak (ENS), April 11
  • External seminar:  Thierry Mora (ENS), April 14
  • Internal seminar: : Béatrice PY (LCB), May 15 – Biogenesis of Iron–Sulfur Clusters
  • External seminar: Ahmed el Hady (University of Konstanz and Max Planck Institute of Animal behavior, Konstanz), May 22 – Integration from trained to natural behaviors
  • Internal seminar: Olivia Du Roure (confirmed), July 3 – Pinching the cortex of live cells reveals myosin II dependent thickness instabilities


  • Internal seminar: Yoël Forterre (IUSTI),  January 24 – Physics of rapid movement in plants: the example of the Venus flytrap
  • Internal seminar: Christine Brun (TAGC),  January 31 – Moonlighting proteins and regulation by 3’UTR : a network perspective
  • External seminar: Kinneret Keren (Technion University), February 14 – Topological defects in Hydra morphogenesis
  • External seminar: Wallace Marshall (UCSF),  February 28 – Pattern formation and regeneration in a single cell
  • External seminar: Lucie Laplane (Paris I and Gustave Roussy), March 7 – Bridging philosophy and science: the case of stem cells
  • Internal seminar: Kévin Perrot (LIS), March 14 – What computers cannot do
  • External seminar: Sarah Filippi (Imperial College), March 21 –  Variable selection for high-dimensional survival data
  • External seminar: Buzz Baum (MRC – Laboratory for Molecular Cell Biology), March 28 – The mechanics and evolution of cell division
  • External seminar: Adrienne Fairhall (University of Washington), April 4 – From neurons to behavior in Hydra
  • Internal seminar: Pierre Milpied (CIML), April 25 - Tracking normal and malignant immune cell plasticity with integrative single-cell sequencing
  • Internal seminar: Viktor Jirsa (INS), May 9 – When Causality meets Inference: complexity in neuroscience
  • External seminar: Timothy Verstynen (Carnegie Mellon University), May 16 – The neural mechanics of changing your mind
  • External seminar: Eli Rothenberg (New York University), May 17 – Single-Molecule Nanoscopy and Data-Mining Approaches for Mapping Molecular Pathways and Mechanisms for Precision Therapeutics in Cancer
  • Internal seminar: Clothilde Melot (I2M), May 23 - Intertwinning wavelets or multiresolution analysis on graphs through random forests
  • External seminar: Lluis Quintana-Murci (Institut Pasteur and Collège de France), June 30 – From Neanderthals to COVID-19: genetic and evolutionary sources of human immune response variation
  • External seminar: Assaf Zaritsky (Ben-Gurion University), July 4 – Extracting the invisible from live cell microscopy
  • Internal seminar: Elsa Bazellières (IBDM), September 12 - Regulation of collective epithelial biomechanics by the polarity protein CRB3
  • Internal seminar: : PhD and postdoc seminars, September 15
  • External seminar: Silvia Acinas (Institute of Marine Sciences (ICM-CSIC, Barcelona), September 19 – A global exploration of the Ocean Microbiome
  • External seminar: Amy Shyer (Rockefeller University), September 26 – Supracellular regulation of symmetry breaking in the skin
  • Internal seminar: Julie Koenig (INMED), October 3 – Coding distance in the hippocampus: circuits and mechanisms
  • External seminar: Ivo Sbalzarini (Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics), October 10 – Data-Driven Modeling and Numerical Simulations of Living Matter
  • External seminar: Michael Liebling (Idiap Research Institute), November 14 – Temporal super resolution applied to cardiac imaging in zebrafish
  • Internal seminar: Cédric Maurange (IBDM), November 21 – Cancers with developmental origins: from programs to self-organisation
  • External seminar: Rut Carballido-Lopez (INRAE), November 28 – Shaping the bacterial cell wall: actin-like MreB proteins, from single molecules to cell morphogenesis
  • Internal seminar: Hervé Rigneault (Institut Fresnel), December 5 – High-sensitivity label free chemical imaging inside living systems


  • Internal seminar: Emilie Franceschini (LMA), January 25 - Ultrasound for probing and stimulating biological cells
  • External seminar: Petra Vertes (Cambridge University), on February 1st - Systems approaches across scales and species towards unravelling the biology of mental ill-health.
  • Internal seminar: Juan Reguera (AFMB), February 8 - The physical basis of cell membrane remodelling by the Chikungunya virus
  • External seminar: Manu Prakash (Stanford University),  February 25 - Fast and furious: What we can learn from extreme limits in biological systems.
  • Internal seminar: Philippe Roudot (I2M), March 15, 2021 -  Automated pattern recognition for live cell microscopy: the cost of blind faith and how to avoid it.
  • External seminar: Virgile Viasnoff (MBI – ESPCI), March 22 – Conceptual and experimental new ways of understanding cell – cell junctions.
  • External seminar: Primoz Ziherl (University of Ljubljana, Slovenia), April 12 – Surface-tension based models of epithelia
  • Internal seminar: Caroline Chaux-Moulin (I2M), April 19 - Formulation and resolution of inverse problems in signal and image processing
  • Internal seminar: Pierre Ronceray (CPT), May 3 - Elastically limited liquid-liquid phase separation inside cells
  • Internal seminar: Thomas Lecuit (IBDM), May 17 - On the nature of morphogenetic information
  • Internal seminar: Léo Guignard (LIS), June 21 - Quantifying embryogenesis and its reproducibility across scales
  • External seminar: Vera Pancaldi (CRCT Toulouse), September 13 – Network approaches to dissect the epigenome-phenotype connection in immune cells
  • External seminar: Yanlan Mao (LRC – MBMC), September 27– Coping with Mechanical Stress: Tissue dynamics in development and repair
  • External seminar: Arup Chakraborty (MIT), October 6 - Viruses, Immunity, and Vaccines.
  • Internal seminar: Olivier Théodoly (LAI), October 18 – Migration of single immune cells in vitro: mechanisms of propulsion and guidance.
  • External seminar: Théodore Alexandrov (EMBL), November 8 – Spatial single-cell metabolomics reveals metabolic states of cells in NASH.
  • External seminar: Laurent Blanchoin (CEA Grenoble), November 15 – Directed actin cytoskeleton self-organization and contractility
  • Internal seminar: Elodie Fino (INMED), November 22 – How does the brain remember how to ride a bike?
  • External seminar: Karsten Kruse (UNIGE), November 29 – Spontaneous transition from asters to protrusions in a confined tissue
  • Internal seminar: Etienne Loiseau (CINAM), December 6 – How millions of microscopic active cilia self-organize to protect our airways?
  • External seminar: Florent Meyniel (CEA – Neurospin), December 13 – A probabilistic approach to learning and perception in the human brain


  • Internal seminar: Bianca Habermann (IBDM, Marseille, France), January 13 - Exploring mitochondrial expression dynamics in a user-friendly and visual way using the mitoXplorer web-platform
  • External seminar: Carsten Grashoff (Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry, Martinsried, Germany), January 20 - Piconewton-sensitive biosensors to investigate adhesion mechanics in cells
  • External seminar: Anne Ferguson Smith (University of Cambridge, UK), February 03 - Epigenetic inheritance in mammals - models and mechanisms
  • External seminar: Chloé-Agathe Azencott (Mines Paris Tech, France), March 09 - Network-guided biomarker discovery
  • Internal seminar: Rosa Cossart (INMED, Marseille, France), December 16 - How development shapes memory circuits
  • External seminar: Ana Smith (Friedrich-Alexander-Universität, Erlangen, Germany), April 06 
  • External seminar: Matt Nolan (University of Edinburgh, Scottland), May 18 
  • Internal seminar: Benoit Ballester (TAGC, Marseille, France), June 29 
  • External seminar: Raluca Eftimie (Dundee University), September 7 - Using mathematical models to generate new immunological hypotheses: an investigation of immunotherapies for cancer
  • Internal seminar: Christophe Eloy (IRPHE), September 14, Tree Shapes
  • External seminar: Lisa Manning (Syracuse University), September 30 - Predicting interactions between cell collectives and their environment
  • External seminar: Kristian Franze (Cambridge), October 12 – webinar - The physical regulation of axon development and regeneration
  • Internal seminar: Elisabeth Rémy (I2M), October 19 - Logical modelling of biological networks
  • Internal seminar: Alain Barrat (CPT), November 9 - Finding structures and timescales in temporal graphs
  • Internal seminar : Réjane Rua (CIML), November 16 - Role of meningeal immune responses in neurocognition and neuroinflammation
  • External seminar: Claude Loverdo (ENS Paris, France),  December 7 - Interactions of antibodies and bacteria in the digestive tract
  • Internal seminar: Rosa Cossart (INMED), December 14 - How development shapes memory circuits



  • External seminar: Marcelo Nollmann (CBS Montpellier, France), January 14 - Imaging nuclear organisation at the nanoscale
  • Internal seminar: Sophie Brasselet (Institut Fresnel), January 28 - Structural imaging in cells and tissues by polarized fluorescence and nonlinear microscopy
  • External seminar: Vincent Calvez (ENS Lyon, France), February 4 - Mesoscopic models for propagation in biology
  • Internal seminar: Matthias Merkel (CPT), February 25 - Self-organization and collective effects in living systems
  • External seminar: Ulrike Feudel (Carl von Ossietzky Universität, Odenburg, Allemagne), March 4 - Concepts of dynamical systems theory in environmental science
  • Internal seminar: Paul Villoutreix (LIS), March 18 - From large image datasets to scientific insights in Developmental biology
  • External seminar: Arezki Boudaoud (ENS Lyon, France), April 1st - Variability and robustness in morphogenesis
  • Internal seminar: Jean-François Rupprecht (CPT), April 15 - Fluctuations in active viscous system: from the cell cortex to tissues
  • External seminar: Claire Wyart (ICM, Paris), April 29 - Investigation of interoceptive sensory pathways involved in physiology of the spinal cord and organogenesis
  • External seminar: Georges Debregas (UPMC, France), May 13 - Whole-brain imaging in zebrafish larva reveals neural mechanisms underlying phototaxis
  • Internal seminar: : Fanny Mann (IBDM), May 27- Neural plasticity in cancer: for better or for worse?
  • Internal seminar: : Herve Rouault (CPT - INMED), June 17 - Brain representations of spatial environments
  • External seminar: Atef Asnacios (Université Paris Diderot, France), June, 24 - Interplay between single-cell mechanics and functions
  • Internal seminar: Cécile Capponi (LIS), July 9 - An humble testament of the couple bio/Machine learning research: when a variety meets another variety
  • Internal seminar: Kheya Sengupta (CINAM), September 9 - Physics of cell adhesion: from model membranes to T-cells
  • External seminar: Michael Way (Francis Crick Institute, Royaume-Uni), September 16 - New levels of complexity in actin polymerization
  • External seminar: Alain Goriely (Oxford University, Royaume-Uni), October 14 - Modelling Dementia
  • External seminar: Raymond Goldstein (University of Cambridge, Royaume-Uni), November 4 - Upside-Down and Inside-Out: The Biomechanics of Cell Sheet Folding
  • External seminar: Marie Doumic (Inria, Paris, France) & Wei-Feng Xue (University of Kent, Royaume-Uni), November 18 - The Division of Amyloid Fibrils – Theory, Experiments and Predictions
  • Internal seminar: Philippe Pierre (CIML), November 25 – Translating Immunity
  • External seminar: Patrick Tabeling (ESPCI, France), December 9 - Microfluidics, droplets, foams, photonics, cell culture
  • External seminar: Carl-Philip Heisenberg (Institute of Science and Technology, Autriche), December 16 - Mechanosensation of tight junctions by ZO-1 phase separation and flow


  • External seminar: Ralf Jungmann (Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry, Martinsried), January 22 - Super-resolution microscopy with DNA molecules
  • External seminar: Grégory Giannone (Interdisciplinary Institute for Neurosciences, Bordeaux), February 5 - Spatiotemporal and mechanical regulation of actin and integrin at the nanoscale
  • External seminar: Anne Siegel (IRISA, Rennes), February 19 - Reasoning over biological systems with large-scale and incomplete data
  • Internal seminar: Tâm Mignot (LCB), March 12 - Linking single cell behaviors to the formation of multicellular patterns: a “google earth” approach in the social bacterium Myxococcus xanthus 
  • External seminar: Alexander Bershadsky (MBI, Weizmann Institute of Science), April 12 - The cytoskeleton as a composite smart chiral material
  • External seminar: Alain Destexhe (CNRS Gif-sur-Yvette), June 25 - Propagating waves and their collision in visual cortex
  • External seminar: Pavel Tomančák (Max Planck Institute – Dresden, Germany), September 10 - A new force awakens: comparative approach to tissue morphogenesis in insects
  • External seminar: Michael Hiller (Max Planck Institute – Dresden, Germany), September 24 - Linking phenotypic differences between species to differences in genes and cis-regulatory elements.
  • External seminar: Benno Schwikowski (Institut Pasteur – Paris, France), October 15 - Novel, interpretable, machine learning approaches for discovery in genome-scale datasets
  • Internal seminar: Jérôme Epsztein (INMED, Marseille), October 29 - Dynamic control of hippocampal spatial coding resolution by local visual cues
  • External seminar: Robert Phillips (Caltech, Pasadena, United States), November 5 - Musings on Biology’s Greatest Model and the Second Secret of Life: a talk on Allostery
  • External seminar: Eric Goles (Universidad Adolfo Ibañez, Santiago, Chile), November 19 - Threshold networks: dynamics and applications
  • Internal seminar: Anais Baudot (Marseille Medical genetics), December 10 - Mining networks to study rare and common diseases
  • External seminar: Jean-Marc Allain (École polytechnique, Palaiseau, France), December 10 - Multiscale mechanics of soft tissues


  • External seminar: Stanislas Dehaene (College de France – CEA), April - Reading in the brain – how literacy affects brain organization
  • External seminar: Fred Chang (UCSD), May -Morphogenesis of the Fission Yeast Cell
  • External seminar: Guy Theraulaz (Université Paul Sabatier, Toulouse), June – Modeling three-dimensional stigmergic constuction in ant colonies
  • Internal seminar: Florence Hubert (I2M), September - Mathematics and biology : two examples of collaborations/interactions in oncology
  • External seminar: Edwin Munro (Center for Cell Dynamics, Chicago, USA), October - Dynamical basis for selforganizing cortical polarity in early C. elegans embryos
  • Internal seminar: Annie Viallat (CINAM), October : Two examples of active biofluids: red blood cells through splenic slits and mucociliary clearance
  • Internal seminar: Pierre-François Lenne (IBDM), November : From cell surfaces to the embryo and back
  • Internal seminar: Jonathan Ewbank (CIML), November - Intrinsic interdisciplinarity?
  • External seminar: Raphaël Voituriez (UPMC), December - Actin flows in cell migration: from locomotion to trajectories