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Job Offer Postdoc Position: Protein Biochemistry / Protein Biophysics at the single molecule level

15 Septembre 2017 , Rédigé par JW

To strengthen our multidisciplinary team, we are seeking a biochemist or biophysicist with expertise in protein chemistry or protein biophysics. The successful candidate will be responsible for the preparation of the protein samples with or without external fluorescence labelling. He/She will also take part in spectroscopy characterization experiments taking advantage of the most recent advances in nano-optics and single molecule fluorescence analysis using techniques such as FCS, TCSPC, FLIM and FRET. The position is offered for 3 years and can be extended.

See the full job offer in the pdf

The job is also posted on Euraxess and NatureJobs.

Job Offer Postdoc Position: Protein Biochemistry / Protein Biophysics  at the single molecule level

Single step protein immunoassay in solution phase

14 Septembre 2017 , Rédigé par JW

Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) is the workhorse of current immunodetection. However, ELISA demands multiple steps of sample incubation and washing cycles, which makes the whole process time-consuming and labor-intensive.

Our new Analyst publication “Single-step homogeneous immunoassay for detecting prostate-specific antigen using dual-color light scattering of metal nanoparticles” reports a novel immunoassay technique that is significantly faster and simpler than ELISA, without compromising on the assay sensitivity.


- This novel technique performs immunosensing in a single-step in homogeneous phase. No rinsing, no washing are involved. Its operation is remarkably simple: Mix-Incubate-Detect.

- We detect where ELISA is not sensitive enough, down to the sub-picomolar regime while keeping the workflow simple and fast.

- The demonstration of PSA detection is highly relevant for monitoring cancer recurrence after radical prostatectomy, when the PSA blood concentration reaches values below the ELISA limit of detection. It is straightforward to implement for point-of-care monitoring of cancer evolution.


Planar plasmonic antennas resolve transient nanoscopic phase separation in biological lipid membranes

25 Juillet 2017 , Rédigé par JW

Nanoscopic domains (also known as lipid rafts) in living cell membranes have been postulated to play major roles in regulating a large variety of biological functions. However, the underlying basis for their formation remains under heavy debate because their typical sizes and characteristic times are below the resolution of standard microscopes.

In a recent ACS Nano publication entitled Transient Nanoscopic Phase Separation in Biological Lipid Membranes Resolved by Planar Plasmonic Antennas, we report on the application of in-plane plasmonic antenna arrays with different nanogap sizes in combination with fluorescence correlation spectroscopy (FCS) to assess the dynamic nanoscale organization of mimetic biological membranes. Our approach takes advantage of the highly enhanced  and  confined  excitation  light  provided  by  dimer nano-antennas together with their outstanding  planarity to investigate membrane regions as  small as 10 nm in size with microsecond time resolution.


- We  show  the  existence  of  transient  nanoscopic  domains  in  both  liquid-order  and  liquid-disorder phases of mimetic biological membranes, featuring characteristic sizes of 10 nm with residence times between 30 µs and 150 µs

- Our planar optical antenna methodology provides nanoscale observation areas with microsecond time resolution and full biocompatibility. This constitutes a significant step forward in our ability to address native biological membranes with unprecedented spatiotemporal resolution.

Available on ACS Nano and also on arXiv.


Ready for take off

12 Juillet 2017 , Rédigé par JW

C'est pas l'homme qui prend la manip, c'est la manip qui prend l'homme, tatatin


ERC Starting Grant ExtendFRET results story on Cordis

1 Juin 2017 , Rédigé par JW

CORDIS (Community Research and Development Information Service) is a key instrument for effective dissemination and exploitation of EU-funded research results. Our ExtendFRET project was recently selected by the CORDIS Editorial Team to be written about in a "Results in Brief" article, given the exciting results and promising aspects of the project.

Full CORDIS article: Tailoring light-molecule interaction at the nanoscale