I am Maître de Conférences in the Laboratoire Ondes et Matière d’Aquitaine (LOMA) at Université de Bordeaux., France. I am a member of the Soft Matter and Biophysics Team, Mecanogenetics of Cells and Tissues Group.

My research at the Physics/Biology interface focuses on understanding how photosynthesis adapts to the environment (mechanical and/or light). I also teach physics courses from Bachelor to Master.




My main line of research at the Physics/Biology interface focuses on understanding how microscopic organisms adapt their properties under environment constrained (mechanical and/or light).



CellMAP: an open source software for Cell Mapping (near submission)

The Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) imaging modes relying on force curves yield nanometer-scaled maps of living cells’ morphology and viscoelastic properties. Although AFM manufacturers offer software tools for analyzing cells individually, there is a growing need for fast and accessible tools to compile data from multiple cells into a single dataset, which is lacking within the numerous open-source tools currently available. To address this, we present CellMAP, a user-friendly software tool that streamlines the batch-processing of AFM-derived topography and elasticity maps of living cells, specifically those generated by a JPK-Bruker Nanowizard AFM. Our analysis pipeline starts with data treatment, such as leveling and filtering. Then, it allows measurement of the cell surface, volume, and elasticity distributions, mechanical and geometrical parameters crucial for characterizing cell behavior. CellMAP can also generate a composite cell from a set of standardized cells (e.g., cells constrained by micro-patterns) that reflects the entire population’s behavior.


Last publications

Microbial narrow-escape

A microalga journey, navigating from pool to pool. Credit: Marco Polin
This study explores the dynamics of active microorganisms, using the model organism Chlamydomonas reinhardtii, as they navigate through narrow openings in structured environments. From bacterial swarms to microscopic algae, understanding the escape of these self-propelling agents in confined spaces sheds light on emergent behaviors in biological systems. This work focuses on the impact of interactions, specifically cell sliding on curved surfaces, in determining how these microorganisms effectively move through apertures comparable to their own size.
Authors: Mathieu SouzyJean François Louf, Matteo Contino, Idan Tuval and Marco Polin.

Assessing cancer cell characteristics

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Source: here
Revealing the mechanical secrets of cancer cells is crucial for understanding disease progression and developing effective diagnostics. This study employs Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) to investigate the mechanical properties of breast cancer cell lines, ranging from non-metastatic to highly metastatic stages. To enhance reliability, we standardize AFM measurements using micropatterned substrates, reducing variability within and between cell populations. This comprehensive approach not only advances our understanding of cancer cell mechanics but also highlights the significance of standardized AFM techniques for robust and high-throughput mechanical mapping in cancer research.

Authors: Maxime Liboz, Michel MaloGuillaume Lamour, Gaelle Letort, Bénédicte ThiébotSid LabdiJuan Pelta and Clément Campillo.




PhD St.

  • Ahmad Badr (2024-2027)


  • Elorri Garcia (Université de Bordeaux)


  • Augustin Rebel (Université de Bordeaux)



  • Elorri Garcia (Université de Bordeaux)


  • Maena Franzinetti (Université de Bordeaux)
  • Louis Cazenave (Université de Bordeaux)
  • Juliette Chapuis (Université de Bordeaux)
  • Benjamin Fournie (Université de Bordeaux)
  • Alex Garcia (Université Paris-Saclay)
  • Pablo Hernandez (Université Paris-Saclay)



Curriculum vitae

Curriculum vitae

Here: Curriculum Vitae (sept. 2023).

I obtained a PhD in Physics from Université Paris-Saclay, studying on the role of actin cytoskeleton on lipid membrane nanotubes. This work was developed in collaboration with Clément Campillo in Laboratoire Analyse, Modélisation, Matériaux pour la Biologie et l’Environnement (LAMBE), in Évry and with Cécile Sykes in Laboratoire Physico-Chimie Curie (PCC), Curie Institute, in Paris. This work is freely available online.

For this work, I have been awarded two PhD prices:

I then joined Marco Polin‘s group at the Physics Department at University of Warwick, in England, where I worked on understanding how the model swimming organism Chlamydomonas reinhardtii, a biflagellated microalgae, responds to light stimulus.

Antoine ALLARD

Laboratoire Ondes et Matière d’Aquitaine (LOMA) 351 cours de la libération 33405 Talence Cedex

Office: A4N/003

Phone : + 33 (0)5 40 00 25 41

E-mail: antoine.allard [at] u-bordeaux.fr

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