Pierre Ronceray (CPT)

Modeling and Measuring Soft Living Matter


2021 - present | CENTURI group leader

2019 - 2020 | Postdoctoral fellowship at the Center for the Physics of Biological Function - Princeton University

2016 - 2019 | Postdoctoral fellowship at the Center for Theoretical Science - Princeton University

2013 - 2016 | PhD in Theoretical Physics, Université Paris -Sud


2017 | Prix des Jeunes Chercheurs de la Fondation Bettencourt-Schueller 

2016 | Prix des Jeunes Chercheurs de la Fondation des Treilles 


Luminy campus, Marseille (France)

About his research

Understanding the organization and dynamics of living matter, from the protein level to the tissue level, is a tremendous challenge from a physicist’s point of view. My goal is to identify simple physical laws governing this complex, heterogeneous, non-linear, out-of-equilibrium state of matter. I propose a dual theoretical approach to this problem. On the one hand, I address the direct problem: through analytic calculations, computational modeling and collaborations with experimentalists, I explore the assembly, mechanics and thermodynamics of cellular structures. On the other hand, I design methods for the inverse problem: inferring the dynamical properties of these systems – such as force, diffusion and stress fields – from microscopy data. Indeed, while these quantities are central objects in physical theories of soft biological matter, they are not directly observable: to advance our understanding of biological matter, novel data analysis methods adapted to modern experimental techniques are required.