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I have a PhD in plant cell biology, obtained at the university of Bordeaux, France. I have always been fascinated by the ability of (cryo)-EM to catch glimpses inside cells and tremendously help our understanding of their innerworkings. As Richard Feynman said “It is very easy to answer many of these fundamental biological questions; you just look at the thing!”
My main interests are botany, fungal science and structural biology. I have a deep expertise in cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM) and cryo-electron tomography (cryo-ET) acquired during my PhD and my 4-year postdoc completed at Caltech, under the supervision of Grant J Jensen and Elliot M Meyerowitz. My current job as cryo-EM lab manager in the Gonen lab at UCLA led me to focus my efforts and interest on membrane protein crystals, micro-crystal electron diffraction and plasma Focused-Ion Beam (FIB) milling methods development. My natural inclination towards cell biology, especially odd specimens like fungi or plants, and my duties as cryo-EM lab manager steered my interest towards the spontaneous formation of crystals inside cells, holding a biological function (insulin crystals in pancreatic cells for example), called biogenic crystals.
Aside from work, I am an avid rock climber who enjoys going to the Sierras, Joshua Tree and Idyllwild to practice the art of traditional climbing. I also enjoy everything that comes with climbing such as camping, car camping, hiking, running. As long as it’s outside, I’m game!