The Roux lab
Aurélien Roux is a Full Professor in the Biochemistry Department at the University of Geneva. His main interest is to study the role of lipid membrane mechanical properties in several cell processes, from endocytosis to cytokinesis. As a PhD student, he worked in collaboration with cell biologists (Bruno Goud’s lab, Curie Institute, Paris) and physicists (Patricia Bassereau’s lab, Curie Institute, Paris) in order to understand how membrane properties facilitate or interfere with various stages of membrane traffic within cells. His continuing interest in membrane fission led him to pursue post-doctoral work in Pietro de Camilli’s laboratory. In order to study the mechanism of membrane tubule formation and fission by dynamin. From 2007 to 2010, as a Chargé de Recherche in the CNRS, France, he has been interested in how membrane properties affect the polymerization of dynamin onto a template. In 2019, he was elected as EMBO Member.
His research selected for an ERC Synergy Grant will be led in collaboration with Prof. Sylvie Roke, Professor at EPFL (Laboratory for fundamental BioPhotonics). Their project is entitled: “In-situ spatiotemporal imaging of membrane hydration, electrostatics, tension and curvature to understand cell response to osmotic shocks and cell migration”.
The ERC Synergy Grants 2020
More than 440 proposals were submitted in this Synergy Grant call, making it one of the most competitive in ERC history. The funding helps groups of two to four outstanding researchers bring together complementary skills, knowledge and resources in one ambitious project. The ERC Synergy Grant scheme is part of the EU’s research and innovation programme, Horizon 2020.