Advanced methods in biological physics and soft matter

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Faculty : JF Allemand, V Croquette, M Dahan, S. Descroix, B. Hajj, MC Jullien, S Mangenot, B Pansu, V. Bormuth, R. Candelier, G. Debrégeas , A Siria

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ECTS credits : 6

Language of instruction : English

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Description:

Physics is an experimental science. Its progress is due to a constant
exchange between theory and experiments.
A lot of conceptual progress in physics requires more and more precise
and quantitative experiments used by theoreticians to produce new models
or used to (in)validate models. This course will present some of the
most recent and used advances in experimental physics used in soft
matter and biological physics.

A few, typically 5, courses will be dedicated to provide a general
theoretical background required to understand the basics of these
techniques (Fourier optics, Superresolution , Fluorescence,
Micromanipulation techniques (AFM, optical or magnetic tweezers), X
rays, Microfabrication and Microfluidics).

Then 4 courses will be dedicated to practical courses. Students will be
asked to chose 2 practical courses and will spend 2 4 hours courses in
lab using some of those recent techniques (single molecule imaging and
manipulation, advanced optical microscopy, AFM, X rays....).

The remaining courses will be based on inverted pedagogy. They will be
directed by the students who will use those practical courses and recent
scientific articles to present in a more detailed and applied way those
techniques to the class. The goal of this course is to provide a modern
experimental culture to students so that they know which techniques can
be used in their future research projects.

Evaluation will be based on a brief final written exam and the courses
students will construct.

The number of students is limited to 16.

Potential topics for the experimental classes :
- Chaotic mixing in microfluidics.
- Droplet-based microfluidic towards cell biology.
- Magnetic tweezers : polymer elasticity and enzymatic activity at the single molecule level.
- Fluorescence Correlation Spectroscopy : in situ measurement of absolute concentrations and diffusion coefficients.
- Super-resolution microscopy on fixed cells : 2D and 3D.
- Cell mechanics: force measurement on artificial cells and in vivo.
- Nanofluidics : confinement of fluids with an Atomic Force Microscope.
- Small Angle scattering : from individual objects to collective behavior investigation
. From dilute to concentrated suspension: form factor, structure factor. Self-assembly, nano-colloidal crystals, cubosomes
- Probing sensorimotor computations in the vertebrate brain using whole-brain functional imaging

Quick links

Next student seminar :
Access to the program

Here you can find information about your internships:
Experimental Internship - Undergraduate program
Master ICFP first year Internship
Master ICFP second year Internship

News : ICFP Research seminars
November 16 - 20, 2020 :

All information about the program

Calendars :
Undergraduate program
Master ICFP 1st year
Master ICFP 2nd year

Contact us - Student support and Graduate School office :
Tél : 01 44 32 35 60
enseignement@phys.ens.fr