May 15, 2018

Official start at the University of Luxembourg

March 29, 2018

The Swiss National Science Foundation awards research grant to study
Bioconvection-mediated microbial ecophysiology in aquatic systems

Joint experimental efforts, spanning across multiple centers, will be undertaken to assess the role of bacteria-induced bioconvection in natural settings. The international team comprises researchers from SUPSI, EPFL and EAWAG in Switzerland, and the
Physics of Living Matter Group at the University of Luxembourg.

March 21, 2018

The National Research Fund Luxembourg (FNR) awards the PRIDE Grant
to a consortium of Principal Investigators to study Microbiomes in One Health

The grant will support 17 Doctoral candidates (PhD Students) and 2 Postdoctoral Researcher Positions in Microbiome Science, Biophysics, Systems Biology, Ecology & Bioinformatics. The Physics of Living Matter Group will introduce a novel visualization-based approach to uncover biophysical underpinnings of Microbiome-Human Interface.

July 3, 2017

2017 ATTRACT Starting Investigator Grant for project MBRACE
(Microbial Biophysics of Rapid Adaptation in Changing Environments)

ATTRACT-funded MBRACE will establish the Physics of Living Matter Group within the Dept. of Physics and Materials Science, University of Luxembourg
MBRACE will apply a cross-disciplinary approach to study the role of geometry, order and topology in living matter under changing environments, and interface
research activities between the PhyMS, the LCSB, and the LIH

July 3, 2017

Cross-talk between topological defects in different fields
revealed by nematic microfluidics
is published in
"Microfluidics captures multi-field topological interactions in a nematic system"
by L. Giomi, Ž. Kos, M. Ravnik and A. Sengupta*

May 30, 2017

Hydrodynamic cavitation in Stokes flow of anisotropic fluids is published in
"Molecular ordering in complex fluids regulates cavitation threshold"
by T. Stieger, H. Agha, M. Schoen, M. G. Mazza* and A. Sengupta*

click below for the press release from
Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization:
The bubbling of order (EN)
Das Blubbern von Ordnung (DE)

March 15, 2017

My postdoctoral work on phytoplankton adaptation is published in

Behavioural plasticity in phytoplankton is underpinned by rapid polymorphism

Check out my article on the HFSP awardees' portal:
Tricks to tackle turbulence — the phytoplankton way

March 9, 2017

Biology in Space: A scientific and industrial perspective on biology in space
Invited seminar and panel discussion organized by the
Molecular and Translational Biomedicine Program, Zurich

October 22, 2016

2nd Swiss Parabolic Flight Campaign
  Investigating the role of gravity on phytoplankton migration
using hyper and microgravity conditions on board a parabolic flight
A light moment on board Zero G parabolic flight (video)

click below for details of the action featured by the HFSP