Measuring and Modeling Soft Living Matter
Welcome to Pierre Ronceray's research group web page. We study living matter, from proteins to cells to tissues, and aim at unfolding simple physical laws governing the assembly, mechanical and dynamical properties of these complex materials. We use a dual theoretical approach for this: on the one hand, we invent and study simple models to explain experimental results and predict new mechanisms. On the other, we design novel inference methods to measure the dynamical properties of these materials, such as force, stress and diffusivity fields, from experimental data.
We are part of the Turing Centre for Living Systems (CENTURI) and are located in the Physics and Engineering for Living Systems department of the Centre Interdisciplinaire de Nanosciences de Marseille (CINAM), in Marseille, France, in the beautiful campus of Luminy.
What can be learned by monitoring the stochastic dynamics of complex living systems?
How do complex, low-symmetry objects such as proteins generically self-assemble?
Intracellular phase separation leads to the formation of liquid protein droplets. Like oil in water?
PhD Student (start 10/21)
Ludivine Chaix, Master student
The Parc National des Calanques, a short walk from the Luminy campus...