Welcome to the Cell Morphogenesis Lab at the Institut Fresnel. Our lab is embedded in the MOSAIC Group, an inter-disciplinary research group bringing together biologists and physicists with expertise in the development of customized, cutting-edge optimal imaging techniques for studying biological processes. Our team has currently five members. Self-motivated, creative and enthusiastic trainee technicians, undergraduate and graduate (Master 1&2) students, or postdocs are encouraged to contact us. Everyone is welcome- we value diversity and strive to engage in a world of inclusion.
The Cell Morphogenesis Lab is headed by Manos Mavrakis. Manos was initially trained as a chemist/lipid biochemist at the University of Athens (Greece), and then as a protein biochemist/structural biologist during his PhD (EMBL Grenoble, Université Grenoble I, France). During his postdoctoral research at the National Institutes of Health (Bethesda, MD, USA) he was trained in cell and developmental biology.
Over the last 15 years, Manos and collaborators have been developing biochemical, molecular and genetic tools to study the interplay between the higher-order organization and function of cytoskeletal proteins, in particular actin filaments and septin GTP-binding proteins.