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Physical Chemistry Curie (UMR168)

The goal of the unit is to uncover the role of physical laws in the architecture and functions of cellular systems. To this end, the teams follow cross-disciplinary approaches involving physics, chemistry and biology.


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physicists, chemists and biologists, including 35 researchers, 39 PhD students, 31 postdoctoral fellows and 28 technicians and engineers
Research teams labeled by prestigious funding agencies (ERC, ANR, H2020, FRM, ARC, La Ligue, etc ...)
state of the arts platforms in biochemistry and molecular biology, microfluidics, microfabrication, electron microscopy
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  • cancer sous pression
    Cancer under pressure
    A team of Institut Curie researchers has conducted in-depth exploration of the mechanisms linking mechanical pressure and carcinogenesis. They discovered a key protein, a potential therapeutic target against a number of cancers. This work has been published in the journal Communications Biology.
  • Portrait Valentina Emiliani
    Maxime Dahan Prize 2021
    During the 2nd symposium in memory of Maxime Dahan organized at Institut Curie, the Maxime Dahan Prize 2021 was awarded to Valentina Emiliani, CNRS research director at the Vision Institute in Paris
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18 May
Physical Chemistry Seminar
Dynamic remodelling of the microtubule cytoskeleton throughout mitosis
As the nuclear envelop breaks down, microtubules and motors self-assemble into the mitotic spindle, a dynamic structure essential to congress and biorient chromosomes before partitioning of sister chromatids to the daughter cells in anaphase. Microtubules are dynamically reorganized and regulated throughout mitosis to ensure faithful chromosome segregation. Mitotic kinase activity is also key to p
20 Apr
Physical Chemistry Seminar
The inner life of adhesion sites: deciphering the molecular ballet in integrin-based adhesions
Integrin-based focal adhesions (FAs) initiate chemical and mechanical signals involved in cell polarity, migration, proliferation and differentiation. Super-resolution microscopy revealed that FAs are organized at the nanoscale into functional layers from the lower plasma membrane to the upper actin cytoskeleton. Among the main partners of integrin adhesion receptors, talin and kindlin are two ess
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