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Laurent Blanchoin - CNRS silver medal 2019

Each year, the CNRS celebrates researchers, engineers and technicians who make an exceptional contribution to the institution's dynamism and reputation. Laurent Blanchoin, a researcher at the Cell & Plant Physiology Laboratory receives the silver medal that recognizes researchers for the originality, quality and importance of their work, recognized nationally and internationally.

Published on 4 November 2019
Laurent Blanchoin is a researcher in cytoskeleton biochemistry and co-leader of the CytomorphoLab team at the Cell & Plant Physiology Laboratory of the Interdisciplinary Research Institut of Grenoble.

"I am passionate about the dynamic processes that underlie living systems. In our team, we have technological tools to scan cells and see how they can probe their environment, adapt their shape, move, divide. To perform these functions, cells have a proteinic "skeleton" (the cytoskeleton) that spontaneously, continuously and rapidly assembles and disassembles in the form of complex architectures. By reconstructing, in particular, a biomimetic cellular skeleton from purified proteins allowing the self-organization of the cytoskeleton in vitro, we can decipher the organizational laws that define the architecture of cells.

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