welcome to the minc lab

institut jacques monod (paris, france)

how do cells determine their shape and size?

how do cells decide in which direction to grow or where to divide?

how might cells sense their geometry?

Javad awarded the prestigious EMBO post-doc fellowship

Congratulations to Javad for receiving this award for his project on cytoplasm hydrodynamics

Jing gives a seminar at the CellTiss 2019 meeting

She presented her recent data on the force which maintain spindles in the center of large cells

Louis gives a seminar at the Mechanobiology meeting in Vietnam

Louis presented his recent data on fungi cell wall mechanics

Nico receives a National prize medal from the CNRS A3 association

The A3 is the association of "anciens" and "amis" of the CNRS . This medal was selected among the CNRS bronze medals from 2018.

Fundamental research on cell morphogenesis

The goal of our research is to elucidate how cells establish their particular morphology and internal organization in order to perform their given functions. We aim to take a broad and multidisciplinary approach to this problem and use different organisms to identify general principles controlling cell morphogenesis. One hallmark of our work is to integrate and develop state of the art quantitative approaches, such as micro-fabrication, mathematical modeling and image analysis tools to address basic questions in morphogenesis. To reach these goals we combine expertise from different fields including chemistry, biology and physics. The current main research area of our team include: 

1. The study of cell division positioning during early embryogenesis and in developing tissues. In these projects we perform experimental work using sea urchin embryonic cleavages as a quantitative model system. We also develop computational models to understand mechanisms of spindle orientation in other developing tissues or embryos of different species.

2. The study of the emergence of cell polarity and cell shape in single-celled organisms. In these projects we use the rod-shape fission yeast Schizosaccarhomyces pombe and perform quantitative experiments to elucidate how spatial order emerges in these model unicellular eukaryotes.

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