People

Anne-Lise Routier-Kierzkowska

I am a biophysicist interested in plant growth and biomechanics. Please consult my CV for more information.

In September 2017, I have been appointed as an assistant professor in cell biology at Universite de Montreal.

Emilie Echevin

Emilie is a master student in the group since September 2018. She has a background in Bioinformatics and Molecular Biology. Emilie works on cell size regulation in growing organs.

Loann Collet

Loann studied physics and biophysics in Paris. He started his PhD in the group in September 2019 to work on cell mechanics.

Viraj Alimchandani

Viraj studied physics at Oxford University (UK) and did his Master’s degree in the lab of Sonia Contera. Viraj joined the group in September 2020 for his PhD. His interest is on growth regulation at the cellular and organ level.

Sahil Haque

Sahil studied physics at St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata University (India). Sahil started his PhD in our group in October 2021. His thesis project- measuring physical forces in plant stomata – is part of an international collaboration financed by our HFSP grant on grass stomata.

Mandar Deshpande

Mandar obtained a Master’s degree in physics from the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Bhopal. He started his PhD in our group in October 2021. Mandar’s project, modeling physical forces in plant stomata – is part of an international collaboration financed by our HFSP grant on grass stomata.

Kristoffer Jonsson

Kristoffer got his PhD from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in Umeå (SLU), under the supervision of Rishi Bhalerao. After graduating, Kristoffer obtained an International Postdoc Grant from the Swedish Research Council to conduct his postdoctoral research in our group. His project is about the biomechanical control of organ bending.
More about Kristoffer here.

Past members

Teodora Stan

Teodora was an intern in the group (Fall of 2020) for a Bachelor’s project. She analyzed cell growth of the shoot apical meristem in 2D and 3D.

Kurien Parel

Kurien holds a PhD in mechanical engineering from Oxford Univeristy. He joined the group as a post-doc in October 2019 to study the mechanical properties of tissues.

Hana Bertrand (Hana Rakusova)

Hana joined the group as a post-doc in April 2019. She is a specialist in live microscopy, auxin transport and gravitropism.

Paula Belska

Paula was an intern in the group in 2018. She worked on cell growth in the shoot apical meristem.