I am Serge Dmitrieff, currently postdoctoral scientist in the Cellular spatial organization group, Institut Jacques Monod (Paris).
I studied biology as an undergraduate student, but I realized I wanted to learn theoretical tools in order to gain a quantitative understanding of life sciences. Upon entering École Normale Supérieure (Paris), I thus switched to theoretical physics.
I used theoretical tools to study membrane trafficking in mammalian cells during my PhD in ESPCI, with Pierre Sens.
During my PostDoc with François Nédélec, I continued working on membrane deformation, but also got interested in cytoskeleton mechanics in cellular deformation. I also used my theoretical background to develop several analysis tools.
This experience in EMBL allowed me to work efficiently at the interface between theory and experiments. I had the opportunity to work on several projects in close collaboration with experimentalist, and I used a great variety of tools for that : analytical mechanics, active gel theory, image analysis, and Langevin simulations…
Since then, I joined Nicolas Minc’s lab in Institut Jacques Monod (Paris), to use theory and analysis in order to understand the self-organization of cell polarity.