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2001-today: Single Molecule Spectroscopy Group, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, UCLA (Shimon Weiss).
My research project here consisted in combining nanocrystals and DNA molecular
combing to achieve ultrahigh resolution physical mapping of genes and DNA-binding
proteins. I was also involved in a number of other projects mostly centered around
1999-2001: Single Molecule Spectroscopy Group, Lawrence Berkeley National
Laboratory, Berkeley (Shimon Weiss).
I spent a few months helping setting up this new unit in the Molecular
Biology Department before I left for the United States. During that time,
I met Philippe Herbomel, who introduced me to the Zebrafish embryo wonders. Irregular
discussions with Edouard Yéramian gave me a refreshing look on the
physics of DNA.
This long period introduced me smoothly to biology. I went on from taking
care of software and hardware developements to full time involvment in
gene physical mapping projects based on molecular combing. E. coli and
yeast cultures, DNA extraction and labeling, fluorescent hybridization
became my bred and butter.
started to learn anew form experiments and questions about the observable
reality. The general topic of my research was fluid membrane physics (and
a bit of chemistry), with an emphasis on vesicles of complex topology.