Our research focuses on the mechanics of biological systems at the cellular, intracellular, and molecular level. We develop new techniques, mainly based on micropipettes coupled to microscopy. We also like to artistically illustrate cellular processes.

Recent Publications

Science Signaling, 2020; 13(627), eaaw8214. Diacylglycerol kinase z regulates actin cytoskeleton remodeling and mechanical forces at the B cell immune synapse. Sara V. Merino-Cortes, Sofia R. Gardeta, Sara Roman-Garcia, Ana Martínez-Riaño, Judith Pineau, Rosa Liebana, Isabel Merida, Ana-Maria Lennon Dumenil, Paolo Pierobon, Julien Husson, Balbino Alarcon, and Yolanda R. Carrasco.


Cellular Microbiology, 2020; e13166. Shigella impairs human T lymphocyte responsiveness by hijacking actin cytoskeleton dynamics and TCR vesicular trafficking.  Fatoumata Samassa, Mariana L. Ferrari, Julien Husson, Anastassia Mikhailova, Ziv Porat, Florence Sidaner, Katja Brunner, Teck-Hui Teo, Elisabetta Frigimelica, Jean-Yves Tinevez, Philippe J. Sansonetti, MariaIsabel Thoulouze, Armelle Phalipon.


Cell, 2018;174(1):143-155. Intermittent pili-mediated forces fluidize Neisseria meningitidis aggregates promoting vascular colonization. D. Bonazzi, V. Lo Schiavo, S. Machata, I. Djafer-Cherif, P. Nivoit, V. Manriquez, H. Tanimoto, J. Husson, N. Henry, H. Chaté, R. Voituriez, and G. Duménil.