In the cosmic calendar of astronomer Carl Sagan, life on Earth and particularly in the oceans appeared on September 25th. Sylvain was born on that day, in 1998.
After an engineering degree in nanophysics and microelectronics from INSA Toulouse, he wanted to explore the physics of biology. It was in Toulouse, for an end-of-study internship in the MILE team at LAAS-CNRS, that he found an opportunity to combine both disciplines to numerically study the fundamental question of microrheology in cells.
At the interface between physics and biology, he works on a Matlab simulation of hard sphere colloids as a proxy for the cellular cytoplasm to investigate how diffusion of macromolecules depends on various factors: cell composition, cell density, or biochemical activity. His work will help to better understand, in particular, how activity fluidizes the cytosol of a cell.