Contact :
Matthieu Labousse
matthieu.labousse (arobase)
Tel : +33 (0) 1 40 79 45 97

Joshua McGraw
joshua.mcgraw (arobase)
Tel : +33 (0) 1 40 79 59 62


Gulliver seminars take place on Mondays at 11:30 AM in the F304 room, and typically last one hour including questions. The seminars are in English, and the scientific topics are mainly those studied in the laboratory.

Gulliver Seminar : Arezki Boudaoud (Ecole Polytechnique)

Lundi 13 juin 11:30-12:30 - Bibliothèque PCT - F3.04

On the biophysics of plant morphogenesis

What sets the size and form of organisms is still, by large, an open question. During this talk, I will aim at a broad audience and illustrate how are addressing this question by using biophysical experiments and models applied to plant morphogenesis. On the one hand, measurements of cell internal pressure support an analogy between plant tissues and liquid foams. On the other hand, models suggest long-range correlations in growing tissues. This prompted us to analyse the spectra of fluctuations in growing tissues, developing a novel approach that is applicable to geometrically disordered materials. Finally, I will briefly present how we are using microfluidic approaches to investigate variability in morphogenesis between individual plants.


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General recommendations for the speakers

The audience is often heterogeneous - because of the wide range of scientific topics covered in the lab - so planning a talk for a broader audience would be preferred. The seminar is in English, and speakers are thus invited to prepare their slides in English.

The seminar starts at 11:30 AM. The speaker is asked to arrive in the lab at least 15 minutes in advance to set up their computer. The talks last typically 45 minutes, and are followed by a discussion time.