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

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.




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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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 Malo, Guillaume Lamour, Gaelle Letort, Bénédicte Thiébot, Sid Labdi, Juan Pelta and Clément Campillo.





  • Ahmad Badr (Sorbonne Université)
  • 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)



  • Organiser of BioPhy Journal Club
  • Since September 2023: Communication – Physics Department
  • Since March 2023: Equality-Parity referent for CNRS and referent for societal and environmental transitions for University of Bordeaux


Curriculum vitae

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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