Christophe Lavelle PhD Molecular Biophysics

Course and current status

2010-date  Principal Investigator (CNRS), National Museum of Natural History (Paris)

2008-2010  Research Scientist (CNRS), Interdisciplinary Research Institute (Lille)

2006-2008  Research Scientist, Curie Institute (Paris) & Gustave Roussy Institute (Villejuif)

2005-2006  Research Scientist, Institut des Hautes Etudes Scientifiques (Bures sur Yvette)

2003-2005  CEA Fellow in Radiobiology and Oncology, Atomic Energy Commission (Fontenay-aux-Roses)

2002-2003  Assistant Lecturer in Physics, University Pierre et Marie Curie - Paris VI

1999-2002  Research Ministry Fellow in Molecular Biophysics, Jacques Monod Institute (Paris)

Scientific summary

I am a biophysicist at the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS UMR 7196), working as a principal investigator at the National Museum of Natural History in Paris (France), and co-directing the Nuclear Architecture and Dynamics research network (CNRS GDR 3536).

My studies mostly concern epigenetics and the biophysical properties of genomes (how DNA is functionally packed in eukaryotic nuclei and prokaryotic nucleoids), but I am also deeply interested in the relationship between science and gastronomy (what is the physics/chemistry/biology behind cooking).

In agreement with the scopes of my researches, I teach biophysics and molecular gastronomy in several universities (Paris VI, Paris VII, Aix-Marseille, Lyon, Lille, Toulouse, Paris SupBioTech , Sciences Po Paris), and have frequent occasions to give conferences for colleges and high schools students and teachers as well as for general public audience (mostly about cooking processes, but also sometimes about epigenetic processes…)

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