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Interdisciplinary Fridays 2016-2017

The Interdisciplinary Friday seminars provide an overview on a wide scope of interdisciplinary research in life sciences and education. They promote discussions and scientific exchange among the fellows and senior scientists and develop an interdisciplinary scientific community.

Each session consists of 3 short talks (~10 minutes) by first year FdV students introducing their research question and experimental/theoretical strategy followed by a discussion. Drinks and snacks will be provided.

The IF seminars take place in the Seminar Room 21.09  at CRI Montparnasse Location (33, avenue du Maine 75015 Paris), from 17:30-19:00.

Beyond WEIRD: an interdisciplinary approach to language acquisition

Understanding how early linguistic experiences between caregivers and infants shape and drive the language learning process has been a long-standing issue in the field of language acquisition. However, a stunning majority of studies on early language acquisition are based on the Western, Educated, Industrialised, Rich and Democratic (WEIRD) children that are easily studied given the

PhD Student : Camila Scaff
17:30
03/24
Learning by seing or doing: Neural and computational basis of instrumental and observational learning in healthy humans

Humans are exposed to various flows of information in their environment. How we learn and make decision based on these flows is still poorly understood. Cognitive and educational sciences tend to dissociate observational learning (situations in which an agent learn based on external sources of information only) from instrumental learning (situations in which an agent

PhD Student : Aurelien Weiss
17:30
03/24
Goal generation and skill learning in infants and robots

Infants and robots have to learn how to interact efficiently with their environment. Which mechanisms underlie this learning process? We claim that this learning relies on sensivity to sensorimotor contingencies, intrisic motivation and self-produced goals. During my PhD, we will first identify features of infants’s sensitivity to contingencies trough behavioral experiments on infants and neural

PhD Student : Lisa Jacquey
17:30
03/24
Unraveling the cross-talk between fibroblasts, immune and cancer cells in tumor microenvironment

Tumors are composed of different cell types, including stromal cells and immune cells, which have been shown to influence their capacity to invade healthy tissues. How these different cell types interact with each other and evolve together toward a cancer invasive phenotype remains an opened question due to the complexity of in vivo tumor models.

PhD Student : Aleksandra Chikina
17:30
04/07
Human brain plasticity and cognitive adaptations in extreme living conditions

The project endeavours to investigate how the human brain and cognitive functions adapt to the living environment. We will study this brain plasticity and related cognitive adaptations in individuals who leave their regular life environment for living during four weeks in environmental conditions that are physically, emotionally and socially extremely challenging. By taking part into

PhD Student : Margaux Romand-Monnier
17:30
04/07
Molecular Bases of Mechanotransduction through Cadherins and Nesprins

In multicellular organisms, cells generate and experience mechanical forces that propagate through proteins and may thereby convert into biochemical signals, a process called mechanotransduction. Cadherin and nesprins are proteins under mechanical tension from the cytoskeleton and interacting with catenins, which also are regulators of gene expression. We seek to reveal whether forces applied on cadherins

PhD Student : Pietro Salvatore Carollo
17:30
04/07
Towards open participatory diagnostics and epidemiological surveillance of emerging viral pandemics: Latin American arboviruses as a test case

Zika virus (ZIKV) is an emerging arbovirus which can cause severe neurological disorders, spreading rapidly through the America, a public health emergency of international concern. Current diagnostic tests are inadequate, expensive and unavailable where they are needed most. We propose to develop, optimize and deploy an affordable, reliable, easy to use, rapid, and robust kit

PhD Student : Guy Aidelberg
17:30
04/20
The role of nuclear envelope integrity in aging

Cell senescence is a highly regulated cellular process that is essential to tissue homeostasis and leads to pathology when altered. It’s affected by several factors including tissue stress and inflammation. A high frequency of DNA-double strand break (DSB) is associated to senescence. We have recently found that cells migration in confined environment is accompanied by

PhD Student : Zahraa Alraies
17:30
04/21
Design, synthesis and characterization of a microbial bio-anode for biofuel cell

While clean technologies are developed and optimized to tackle a surge in the energy needs, the idea of harnessing the metabolic activity of microorganisms can be seen as part of the picture. Microbial fuel cells (MFCs) concretize this concept by using bacteria to convert the chemical energy of nutrients into electricity. Such fuel cells could

PhD Student : Jérémie-Luc Sanchez
17:30
04/21