Christophe was in Finland this week, first in Turku invited by Guillaume Jacquemet, then in Helsinki to serve as an opponent for Amr Abouelezz, a brillant PhD student from Pirta Hotulainen’s lab. The PhD defense is a serious affair in Finland and Amr passed with flying colors! Thanks to Pirta for this opportunity.
You can read the PhD work of Amr in two published article: one here on the resistance of the axon initial segment actin rings to actin depolymerizing drugs, and his main work here on the presence and role of tropomyosin at the AIS. Congrats Amr!
This Friday, our new PhD students Karoline Friedl and Florian Wernert presented their projects to the members of our Institute of Neurophysiopathology (INP). They did well, and we can’t wait to see what they will do for the next three years!
Christophe was invited to Cambridge by Kristian Franze and gave a seminar as part of the Adrian Seminar Series of the Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience. Thanks Kristian for the invitation and the glimpse to the splendid Cantabrigian life!
The next day, Christophe gave a seminar at the Chemical Engineering department, invited by Clemens Kaminski from the Laser Analytics Group. This was followed by a lively discussion with the group’s PhD students.
Christophe was invited by Benoît Charlot to speak at the scientific days of the Montpellier LabEx NUMEV, which is devoted to fostering interaction between computational and life sciences. It was an interesting experience to share our work with theoretical and computational scientist who had sometimes surprizing questions and often a fresh point of view!
Christophe spent 10 days in Bordeaux as an instructor for the FENS CAJAL Advanced Neuroscience Training Programme Course called “Advanced Techniques for Synapse Biology“. Every morning were talks from keynote speakers and instructors, while the afternoon were devoted to working on a project with two students. We heavily used the microscopes from the Bordeaux Imaging Center (thanks Magali!) including spinning disk for live-cell imaging and STORM super-resolution microscopy. The hard work of students Pushpa Khanal and Alexandra Reichova led to beautiful images of axonal trafficking and structure!
Together with Tijana Jovanovic-Talisman (City of Hope) and Paul Maddox (UNC), Christophe was invited by Aki Kusumi and Taka-aki Tsunoyama at the Okinawa Institute of Technology (OIST) for a seminar on new microscopy techniques. Aki and Taka were wonderful hosts and the OIST is a stunning place to do science!
Taka and Aki then brought us on the island of Kyushu, the southern island of the main Japanese archipelago. We went to the city of Miyazaki to participate to the 57th Annual Meeting of the Biophysical Society of Japan. Our symposium was entitled “Biophysical Physiology and Pathology by the Application of Superresolution Microscopy” – featuring interesting talks with beautiful images from Takahiro Fujiwara (Kyoto University) and Makio Tokunaga (Tokyo Insitute of Technology).
Christophe gave a course as part of the 2019 edition of the Utrecht Summer School on Neuronal Circuits Development and Plasticity. In addition to the course, there was an opportunity to discuss with the students in small groups about our science but also careers and how open science is changing the landscape – the future scientists are full of ideas and motivation!
Two visits to our neighbors at the begining of July: on July 1st, Christophe was invited by Jean-Bernard Manent to give a talk at the Institut de Neurobiologie de la Méditerranée (INMED) in Luminy. An exciting day in the artful institute, exchanging ideas with great scientists and colleagues!
On July 11th, Christophe was part of the “Advanced Photonic Imaging in Neuroscience” (APIN) symposium organized by our next-door neighbors at the Institut des Neurosciences de la Timone (INT). The symposium was filled with incredible talks showing how deeper, faster and more functional imaging are crucial to today’s neuroscience. Congrats to Ivo Vanzetta, Franck Debarbieux and Nicolas Wanaverbecq for organizing such a great event.
Christophe presented our results at the #MNS2019Mediterranean Neuroscience Society meeting in Marrakech in the “Molecular Mechanisms of Neuronal Trafficking” symposium. Thanks to Nicolas Vitale and Maïté Montero for the invitation and for organizing this!
Christophe was at the 10-year anniversary retreat of the Cytomorpho lab right in front of the sea in Les Goudes, Marseille. Thanks for the invitation Manuel and Laurent, it was great discussing with actin and microtubules specialists, and hearing the various paths taken by the lab alumni.